Lost and Found and What’s Next

A couple of days ago, Christopher Chase sent me some pages from an old issue of The Crone Papers that mentioned Isaac Bonewits. (Christopher, brother to Sabrina Chase of Blue Star, is on the faculty of the Philosophy and Religious Study Department at Iowa State University.) After I downloaded the pages, I went through my usual practice…

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Final Fantasy X

Disclaimer: I did not play this game to the end, for reasons discussed below. This review is based on what I experienced until I decided to quit playing it. A few months ago, I posted my review of Final Fantasy XV. I was still looking for something to occupy my time during my convalescence. A friend of…

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A Witch Does Passover – 2019

This was the first year since 1995 that I did not cook the Passover seder. The reason was that I'm still recovering (after four months!) from a medical problem I had just before Christmas 2018. I will get better, hopefully within another month, but I was not in position to do my usual annual shopping and schlepping…

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Farewell to Azeroth

I'm leaving World of Warcraft. I played the game from before the beginning, during its beta test prior to the game's formal release in November 2004. After putting time and energy and money into the game for 15 years, I feel like some nostalgia and introspection; hence this blog post. World of Warcraft (WoW) is part of…

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Horizon: Zero Dawn

It occurred to me that I've mentioned Horizon: Zero Dawn a couple of times in this blog, but my review of it never appeared here. For the sake of completeness and comparison, here are my reviews of Horizon: Zero Dawn and its expansion, Horizon: The Frozen Wilds. These reviews first appeared in a small members-only World of…

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Final Fantasy XV

As some of you may know, I'm homebound for a few weeks and was looking for a game to pass the time. I found one: Final Fantasy XV. Before I get to my review, I have to address the elephant in room (though it's more like a T-Rex in a broom closet): The very first female character…

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Santa came this year

In the holiday season for the past several years, I've experienced a moment: The moment when I know that Santa came. I know that may seem a silly thing for someone of Jewish heritage and Wiccan practice to say. And to make it clear: I'm not talking about the tendency for Santa to show up at Yule…

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a massive simulation of the Old West around the beginning of the 20th century. It's an incredibly detailed game, loaded with quests, challenges, secrets, and several systems in which the world responds to how you play the game. You play Arthur Morgan, a member of the Dutch Van der Linde gang. Among…

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The Witches of Drustvar

I've played in World of Warcraft (WoW) since before its formal beginning; that is, I played in WoW beta test in 2004. When you start either a Human or a Dwarf character in WoW, you quickly learn about flying between the Human capital of Stormwind and the Dwarf capital of Ironforge. Your character flies on the back…

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Election 2018

In past years I've voted straight down the Democratic Party ticket. The exception was when the Democratic candidate was also running as a candidate for a minority party (e.g., Working Families); then I vote for them under the minority ticket in an attempt to give greater voice to those who feel underrepresented. This year, I feel I'm…

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