Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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Two Stories in Collision


Craig's mom was up from Texas to see the new house. She'd heard about the pagan guy that lived with her son, but you could tell that, being a good Episcopalian woman, she was working hard to reserve judgment.

One afternoon, while I was off at work, the doorbell rings. Naturally, she says: "I'll get it."

She opens the door. The man standing there is holding the dripping, severed head of a deer.

"Hi," he says, "Is Steve at home?"



A few weeks previously, I had mentioned to a friend of mine that I was looking for a deer skull.


"Oh, I can get you one, if you don't mind dealing with the whole head," he said. Turns out that he lived near a butcher who processed venison for hunters. "They usually just throw them away."




Craig's mom comes back into the kitchen looking, he said, a little pale, but not missing a beat.


"I think you'd better take this one," she says.








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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.


  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven Thursday, 29 January 2015

    Bwahahahaha. Are you going to tell us the Rest of the Story?

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Thursday, 29 January 2015

    Oh, we all had a good laugh and lively amicably ever after.

    So far, anyway.

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