Foreign Religions

My dad believed and taught that America as a continent has its own guardian spirits. Christianity and other “foreign religions” could never take root here. Not permanently, anyway. Those of us descended from the European diaspora are living in a time of transition. The ancestral gods we brought with us are native to Europe, not … Read more

Gathering the Tribes: Mormons from England

This little BBC piece about Mitt Romney’s Mormon ancestors captures some of the zeitgeist of the lives of many Mormon immigrants from England.Mitt Romney’s English Mormon RootsThe Mormons “believed that Jesus had visited America, and that he would return there soon.” Their message was, “Jesus is coming – he’s coming to America. We’ll help you … Read more

The New Science of Epigenetics

“At the heart of this new field is a simple but contentious idea – that genes have a ‘memory’. That the lives of your grandparents — the air they breathed, the food they ate, even the things they saw — can directly affect you, decades later, despite your never experiencing these things yourself. And that … Read more