Minneapolis art show explores modern Paganism and ancient realms

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – An unusual art exhibition, titled Modern Pagans/Ancient Realms, came to a close at the Vine Arts Center in south Minneapolis Friday, July 29. The show was organized by the Minneapolis Collective of Pagan Artists (MCPA) and featured original works by a total of nine local Pagan artists. The Minneapolis/St. Paul area may be known as the “Twin Cities” to the public at large, but to the Pagan community, it is often referred to as Paganistan, which is a nod to its uncommonly large, diverse and active Pagan community.

Ruminations on Dying, Death and Afterlife

My mother died early last Friday morning.  She was 97.  Her body was worn out, but not her spirit.  I’ve had the privilege of sitting vigil with the dying in the past, and I was with my father during his dying days in a hospital 19 years ago, but this was the first time I’d ever been with someone dying of old age.  Besides, one’s relationship with one’s mother is the closets and in most cases the most complicated.