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ANNOUNCEMENTS & UNDER CONSTRUCTION

We are waking The Pagan & the Pen up. New ideas and new exciting things are on the horizon. Until then, though, please ignore the mess. We will be taking some time to do some much needed Spring Cleaning and Changes.

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Get out of my uterus! Fighting for women’s rights

This is the battle cry for women all over the United States that are fighting the invasion on their personal privacy. The right to choose contraception is something that shouldn’t be in the hands of the government or religious groups. In fact, as I as am writing this I thought maybe I was talking about Iran, not the United States.

From political candidates to committees made up of all men, the decision to use contraception is being forced out of women’s hands. Why?

I can’t help thinking that there is a more sinister motive behind this attack on women’s rights. Am I crazy or paranoid? Perhaps. But when I think of how much lives changed after the women’s rights movement, I wonder if there are some people that would like to go back to the time when women remained in the home to clean, cook and make and care for babies. Maybe there are some people that think women are taking over jobs that could go to men. Or maybe there are some people that don’t like the idea of women in the military.

Take away contraception and guess what happens—women end up pregnant. Pregnancy could delay a woman going off to college or taking that promotion at work. And yet, these same people make sure that men can get free supplies of Viagra. With all those erections walking around and no contraception, we are in for a population surge unless we can all learn to master the pull out method.

Impinging on women’s rights probably won’t stop with contraception. What rights will be taken away next? Will women lose the right to dress as they please? Will they be told when and how to have sex? If you still don’t think this is an important issue, read this quote from a 2006 interview with Rick Santorum where he talks about his opposition to contraception:

“It’s not OK because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” he said. They’re supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also, but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it—and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.”

Maybe I’m not so paranoid after all. Do we really want the government taking away contraception and telling us how a sexual union should happen?

Please, get the hell out of my uterus!

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating…Sensual…Otherworldly

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Child beauty pageants—Do they sexualize young girls?

I came across an article about child beauty pageants that kind of shocked me. I never really gave this much thought before and never watched the TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras. From what I read and the pictures I saw, these young girls parade around in revealing outfits, wear tons of makeup and act in what I thought looked like suggestive behavior—winking to try and get votes.

These little girls look and act like Barbie dolls. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around this and there are many people that oppose these pageants. Some think that child beauty pageants attract pedophiles and teach young girls that all that matters is physical beauty. I can’t help thinking of Jon Bonet Ramsey, the little beauty contestant murdered by an unknown person, possibly because of the way she looked and dressed competing in beauty contests.

The description of Toddlers and Tiaras sums it up: This funny and sometimes startling reality series takes viewers behind the scenes of the shockingly competitive world of child beauty pageants, presenting a warts-and-all portrait of the wee contestants (wearing makeup, spray tans and fake hair!) as well as their fanatically driven parents.

Is this a healthy environment for impressionable girls? Personally, I wouldn’t do this with a daughter. Maybe I have a different view on this because I didn’t grow up wishing I were a princess waiting for a prince to save me. I made sure I could take care of myself. I can’t help thinking that once these girls grow up and they lose their cuteness, they will have a hard time getting along in the world.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating…Sensual…Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/ Check out my long hair hotties!

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

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A Greek vampire, Celtic kings, vengeful goddesses, an ancient faery curse…

All three books of my Dark Goddess trilogy are available in Print and Ebook. Set in dark age Scotland, I mixed history with a Samhain/Beltaine myth that revolves around an Irish clan and the goddesses Brigit and Cailleach.

Killing wolves again

I thought the country was on the right track in the mid-1990s when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 66 wolves in Yellowstone and central Idaho. Finally, the wolf had returned from extinction. But in April of 2011 Congress removed wolves in Montana and Idaho from the protection of the Endangered Species Act. It didn’t take long for hunters to start killing wolves.

Personally, this is heartbreaking for me to see a beautiful, intelligent animal murdered for no good reason other than for the enjoyment of killing. The opposition to wolves has made false claims like wolves carry a tapeworm that can be transmitted to dogs and humans or that the Canadian wolves that were brought in are a different species and will kill elk, deer, livestock, even humans, for sport. I have never heard of a human killed by a wolf except for in fables. Wolves are elusive creatures and prefer to stay away from humans. They will normally run from people.

Wolves have been painted as demons and witches in myths, fables and in books like Cotton Mather’s On Witchcraft. What I don’t understand is why. It might be because wolves killed some livestock and competed with humans for food, but I can’t see that happening today. The ranchers complaining about wolves attacking their livestock ranch on federal land. Big game hunters don’t want wolves reducing the big game population. Boo hoo. I don’t feel sorry for hunters that hunt for sport. Find another hobby that doesn’t involve killing something just for fun.

If anyone has any doubts about wolves and how they live, I suggest visiting the Sawtooth Wolf Pack website, Living with Wolves, and watching the videos on the Sawtooth Wolf Pack on youtube. See how wonderful these animals live, how they are loving, loyal and intelligent, far from the vicious beasts they are portrayed as by those that oppose wolves. After having wolves welcomed back from extinction only to see them vilified and killed off again, is tragic. We have truly de-evolved as humans.

Note: I want to dedicate this post to my Grandma Betty who passed away recently. She shared my love of wolves.

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating…Sensual…Otherworldly

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My Way: Missing in Action

That’s where I’ve been. MIA.

Totally blew off my last column because I was partying in New Orleans at the first annual GayRomLit. But I’m back now, been back a couple months now, and once again, settled down, so there’s no “excuse” for me not posting a column. Not the two edits that are due Monday, the holiday shopping I still have to do, and refereeing the boys and their decorating and cookie baking. Nope. No excuses.

 

Quite a bit has happened since August. Zack graduated Marine boot and will be stationed in VA come the first part of 2012. More layoffs at the EDJ, but I’m editing for another publisher now, so hopefully when (notice I say when, not if–it’s only a matter of time) I get chopped. I’m okay.

Divinity is now out with Riptide Publishing. Mixed reviews, which is how I like it. Everyone who’s read my work knows I do NOT write traditional romances, not even close. So if you’re looking for a light and fluffy read, do us both a favor–Go elsewhere.

 

Safe Reading ZoneI’ve joined in with a couple of great initiatives: The Safe Reading Zone–“The Safe Reading Zone Campaign is a website designed for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals. There are several resources on the site…”Find out more about the Safe Reading Zone here.

And the Embrace the Rainbow campaign–“to help us increase awareness, acceptance and support for the trans*, intersex, intergender and questioning people in the m/m romance community and broader community…”–Find out more about Embrace the Rainbow here.

The best quote that can sum up my feelings for writing, for breathing, and for these great campaigns comes from the Embrace the Rainbow post:

…this excerpt from an interview in September 2011 between genderfluid Andrej Pejic and ABC’s Nightline Juju Chang :

Chang:  When you see yourself in the mirror, do you think of yourself more as a man or as a woman?
Pejic:  I like to keep my options open.
Chang:  What does that mean?
Pejic: 
I see myself.

‘I see myself.’

That, friends, says it all.

 

I have no wit or any of my usual sarcasm to add today. The year’s worn me out. I simply want to be at peace for a while, enjoy the silence in order to refurbish my spent self. I refuse to go back into hiding, no matter who tries to push me there. It’s time to recharge.

Until next time.

Bryl R. Tyne
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Author, Editor, & Graphic Designer

Blogs I write for:
Defying Description
The Rainbow Studio
Frothing Authors

 

Christian and Pagan holidays

A friend brought to my attention a rant she had over the Wiccans and Pagans not getting their holidays versus Christians demanding that we not offend their rights. Well, I have to agree with her. If they want the respect they deserve, why can we have ours? Since the days of Author and Merlyn, our “kind” has been hunted down. In the past they were told bluntly, “convert or die”. In this era, no one can get away with slaughtering which is a good thing. But we’re still shunned, insulted, banned, and to add insult to injury, have our holidays completely over run and taken away from us. Including Samhain. So where can there be a compromise made? Finding a dividing point of respecting one another.

I can’t speak for ALL Wiccans and Pagans, but I can speak for those I know to be really good people. We’re not all bad. Judging us is like judging all Christians and putting the good in with the bad. Talk about not fair. I purposely wait before telling anyone my religion for a reason. Now, mind you, I am more open than I ever was in the past about it because I’m tired of having to “keep quiet”. But, back to the subject at hand.:) I always seem to get off topic, don’t I?

Well, in this case, I guess that’s a good thing because today’s blog is about how I personally feel along with some others I know. All the good in every religion seeks to follow their “deity’s” word and law. They want to do the right thing and they want to just be able to do their thing and feel good about it along with themselves. I agree that we should all be able to have that right.  Now, if you pull up a search on the web about the “origins of Thanksgiving”, you find mostly Christian explanations for it. I found one site that tells the gruesome tale of the slaughter of the Indians after they took the time to “teach” the Pilgrims how to grow food. Talk about unfair to the Indians. They were here first and certainly didn’t have to “teach” anybody anything. So really there is more at stake than just Christians versus Wiccans and Pagans, it’s against the Indians too.

History is filled with violence, modern day’s society is filled with violence, so, unfortunately will be our future. Another really good friend brought to my attention about racism still being in existence, but that’s for another blog.:)

Fact of the matter is, every generation, starting with our ancestors, had their own holidays each and Christianity did what it knew to do, take it away from others as the Muslims took it away from them. I can certainly understand that they want what’s theirs. We do too! When you think about it overall, there has been someone somewhere that has “taken” away from others. So, now the next question is, when does it stop? When do we all, “Just Learn to Get Along”? Apparently that’s not going to happen anytime soon because you have new “groups” forming everyday just to raise hell over the name D.C. which means District of Columbia. Which apparently has something to do with a Pagan Goddess. Ok, that’s all good too, but I believe it was named from an explorer who discovered it, IE Christopher Columbus.

Here are some sites who give their meanings of the holidays Christmas (Xmas), Easter (Ostara), and Thanksgiving. I found them to be really interesting. Along with the site listed, here are a few quotes from each.

Thanksgiving…”A harvest feast did take place in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, probably in mid-October and the Indians who attended were not even invited. It later became known as “Thanksgiving” but the Pilgrims never called it that. The pilgrim crop had failed miserably that year, but the agricultural expertise of the Pilgrims’ Indian friend Squanto had produced 20 acres of corn without which the Pilgrims would have surely perished.” The rest you can find here from the author Bruce K. Gagnon.

Xmas(Christmas)…”Where did Christmas originate? From the Bible or paganism? What is the real origin of Santa Claus—mistletoe—Christmas trees—holly wreaths—and the custom of exchanging gifts? Many are concerned about putting “Christ back into Christmas.” Was He ever there? Here are the stunning answers!” Find the rest from the author David C. Pack.

Ostara (Easter)…”Modern-day Easter is derived from two ancient traditions: one Judeo-Christian and the other Pagan. Both Christians and Pagans have celebrated death and resurrection themes following the Spring Equinox for millennia. Most religious historians believe that many elements of the Christian observance of Easter were derived from earlier Pagan celebrations.” See  more here from the author B.A. Robinson.

Hope you enjoyed these, and see you soon! One more thing, something has to give as far as hating each other just for religious or sexual preference. We’re human, would Angels want us acting like this toward one another? Would the Gods and Goddess’ or the One True God above all want us acting like this toward one another? I think not. So Blessed Be to all of you, have a safe holiday, whatever it may mean to you. And last off, whether you’re Wiccan, Pagan, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or whatever, think about how many issues would be solved if the hate just stopped and we all found a compromise. The compromise being, Loving each other, respecting one another, and most of all, trying to find the compromise that ALL can learn from one another to find the most important thing to all life,

Spirituality.

 

Kardashians—Is their 15 minutes of fame over?

It seems that the Kardashian family has finally done something so horrible that people have started a petition and a campaign on Facebook to get them off of the E! Channel.

Did they kill someone? No. Did they get arrested for a felony? Nope. I guess all it took for a hate campaign against them is for Kim Kardashian to allegedly fake her wedding to Kris Humphries.

“In a grass roots effort, we have collected (thousands of) signatures for a petition asking E! Entertainment to remove the Kardashian suite of shows from their programming,” petition organizer Cyndy Snider said in a statement. “We feel that these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption.”

All I have to say is—what took so long for people to see through their façade?

I mean, come on, you really thought that their shows on E were real and not staged? I still can’t believe they have been on television this long. I don’t even know anyone that actually watches this show so just where are these Kardashian fans? I’m presuming they are too embarrassed to reveal themselves.

I guess getting duped on Kim’s fairy tale wedding that cost, what, 10 million dollars, was the last straw for some people. What a waste of time and money. This is exactly the kind of behavior that has mobs of people pissed off all over the country. The Kardashians are greedy and so starved for attention that I actually pity them. What will happen to them when the cameras finally turn off? Even if this petition doesn’t go anywhere, eventually, if there really is a God, their reign on television will end. Stars (I’m using that term very loosely here) rise and stars fall. And it’s way past time for them to fall.

 

 

Kelley Heckart

‘Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic’

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Three different women, one ancient curse…

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