Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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The New Pagan Economy

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“Hi, this is Julie calling from Such-and-So Bank. I'm looking for Steven Posch?”

Uh-oh. The bank is calling, but Julie sounds amazingly chipper. Something's not right.

“Speaking,” I say, dubiously.

“Congratulations, Mr. Posch! You've won this year's drawing for a free organic turkey!”

I start to laugh, partly in relief, and partly in amused appreciation of Wyrd and her screwy sense of humor. Ah, the cussedness of things.

“Mr. Posch?” Julie sounds puzzled. Obviously this isn't the reaction that she expected.

“Sorry,” I finally manage to get out. “Of course it makes perfect sense that the vegetarian would win the drawing for the turkey, right?”

“Oh,” says Julie, disappointed. This script is really not going according to plan. “Don't you want it, then?”

Actually, I do. Yule is coming up and, though I'm not, the rest of the coven are all—to some degree or other—practicing omnivores.

Wait till they hear what I'm bringing to the pot-luck.

“No, that's fine,” I tell her, grinning. “When can I come in and pick it up?”

 

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Saturday, 17 November 2018

    I'm sure I've mentioned this before but the universe does seem to love irony. I hope your coven-mates enjoy the surprise. I am on the mailing list for a local Indian restraint that offers to prepare tandoori Turkey for Thanksgiving. It's way to expensive for one person living alone, but if you know how to cook it yourself for a crowd it could be interesting.

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