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The Liminal Space in Between the Holiday Rituals: When None of the Festivals Really Fit

I live in Melbourne, Australia. We don’t have such a strong culture of the “holidays” (plural) as in the United States and other places - our language is still about “Christmas” and the undercurrent of colonial Christianity endures in an unconscious privileging of the Christian rituals. A “secular” Christmas is most commonly imagined as a … Continue reading The Liminal Space in Between the Holiday Rituals: When None of the Festivals Really Fit

Thanksgiving: The Giver, The Gift, and Gratitude

I’ve recently come to a realization. It’s one that I think I’ve had for a while but never dared to admit to myself—Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I believe Thanksgiving represents something fundamentally important about ourselves and our relationships. Thanksgiving reminds us of the importance of the giver, the gift, and gratitude.  Thanksgiving isn’t typically … Continue reading Thanksgiving: The Giver, The Gift, and Gratitude

Fantasy and Liminality: Reflections on The Wheel of Time (Book 1)

Note: Fantasy and Liminality is a new series of reflections that looks at liminal themes in fantasy. This inaugural piece looks at the first book of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time. For these series of reflections, my goal isn't to recap, review, or retell each book. I will explore themes I found important for … Continue reading Fantasy and Liminality: Reflections on The Wheel of Time (Book 1)