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Today we were discussing bringing food tomorrow for a food day / end of the world party. I told everyone that I'd be bringing something (candy) because it was Yule. I got asked if I was pagan.

So, the answer is, not really. I'm more philosophical than anything else, I said. I like the pagan holidays because of their medieval-fantasy imagery and link with the natural cycles. And, they give me something to celebrate. It's nice to have a way to mark your progress through the year, and to have excuses to do things like see family, take time off of work, eat awesome food, and dress up in costumes.

The real truth is, I subscribe to the belief that every moment is holy. No moment is any more or less important than any other moment, at least from the point of view of the universe as a whole. So, celebrate the moments that are important to you, whatever those are.
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I have a roof over my head. I have sufficient monetary funds to pay all my bills, replace broken things, and occasionally buy a little extra stuff. I have clothes to cover me and keep me warm. I have a car to get me places, and it has a working heater.

I have a good dog and a good cat and three good rats. I have inexpensive or free animal food, and relatively inexpensive animal medicine.

I have a brilliant, creative, and literate mind and a reasonably healthy and strong body. My eyes work, my ears work, and my fingers work. I have goals, and I have accomplishments. My resume is solid and will only get better. I've already taken the NAVLE, and I'm fairly certain I passed it. My future is bright.

I have an incredible husband who loves me. I have amazing friends. I have wonderful teachers and classmates. I have a fantastic family.

I live in a country in which I am free to express my opinions, worship as I choose, read what I want, and browse any part of the internet that interests me.

I live on one of the most beautiful planets in the universe, and I share it with living things that never cease to amaze and fascinate me.

I live in a vast empty universe dotted with miracles of burning gas and coalesced carbon, the thorough contemplation of which never fails to leave me awestruck.

And I have bacon.


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