I am not crossposting comments, however. I can't see any reason to, mostly because (as others have pointed out) a lack of context makes this idea stupid. Honestly, the privacy concerns are less important to me (because, honestly, you're posting stuff on the internet, so "privacy controls" of any sort are a bit of a misnomer) than the fact that I want my friends to have a coherent idea of what I'm doing, and you can't get that from a bunch of annoying, cross-posted comments that appear like so many twits in a twitter feed.
I'm also in the process of updating my website. It's pretty well ready to go, with a few new sections, but I'm still mulling over the new "ordination" section (savvy websurfers will be able to find the active portions of that section in advance of the release, given how creatively I work my directory tree. . .) and a few other things.
I had intended to open up a storefront on the site as well, but I'm having second thoughts about that. These thoughts are two-fold silly:
- I am not sure anyone would buy "handcrafted ritual stuff" I make, and
- I am not sure I could keep up with demand if they did.
I was pleasantly surprised at the way my part in Isaac's Memorial Rite went two weeks ago. I worked hard on that piece (it was strange, the amount of part-trading Sue, AJ, and I did trying to figure out what to say and how to fit it with the others. . . it turned out that we were all going to say similar things anyway), and was happy to see the way it came out. (You can find my part at about 2:45 in the video on the page for Ritual Scenes.) It was such a small part, really, but during the distribution of parts, I knew that this was the one that I wanted: fire is central to our religion, and the connection between the fire and the Ancient Wise made this central to the work we were doing.
There was also an acknowledgement within myself, I think, that it was important for me, as one of the few Senior Priests in ADF (still getting used to that title. . . don't know if it's permanent or just something we'll use for a bit and then find a better word for), to grab a part, take it seriously, and do the duty I knew I had. In a lot of ways, ordination was about growing up and getting into that role.
If you have not yet seen the entire memorial rite, or at least what we've been able to put up of it, check it out: Isaac Bonewits' Memorial Rite.
I am looking forward to the Midnight Flame Festival next weekend, where I spend eight hours in a car with Kirk trying to reach the top of the mitten's ring finger. I may have accidentally talked Flip into doing an all-night vigil on Sept. 11th. We'll see if anyone's up for that.
I also located somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000 in my budget at work today that didn't appear to be there before. This is a good thing. It's nice to have breathing space in a budget for a change, even if I don't expect it will last long.