I’m sorry to report that Mike Gleason (1951-2012) passed away on 30 August. He was a prolific reviewer of Pagan books and music, and contributed hundreds of reviews to this site (among countless others), and there remain dozens that have yet to be posted.
Selena Fox has written a beautiful obituary on the Circle Sanctuary site, which I invite you to read. He’s been cremated, and will be interred at Circle Cemetery at Circle Sanctuary. The above link also lists a page for those who’d like to make donations in his memory.
After ten years with Esosoft, we’ve moved to Site5. They have great hosting options, and way more features.
In the move the site was down for a couple of days, our apologies for that.
We’ve added a new mailing list for those interested in receiving very occasional updates (we’re thinking we’ll send maybe one e-mail a month), with additional e-mails for those of you interested in writing for Spiral Nature, or joining our reviewer team.
We have more books than we know what to do with, and a back log has been piling up – especially for unsolicited titles. We’d love to review them all, but just don’t have the time.
If you love to read, and are interested in receiving free books and publication on SpiralNature.com, please contact me with your area(s) of interest, and provide a sample review or a sample of writing if you don’t have a review.
Again, bonus points if you live in the Toronto, we don’t have a budget here, and whatever we can save on shipping we can spend on hosting and associated costs.
Update: More than a dozen people responded, and we now have enough new staff reviewers for now. We’re always looking for new contributors though, and if you’re interested, please see our Submission Guidelines.
SpiralNature.com has had an RSS feed since late October 2008, but apart from a brief, quietly published piece called “What is RSS?”, it hasn’t been properly announced.
Let’s begin with a recap of what RSS stands for, and why it’s useful:
What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s a technology which allows people to receive automatic updates when new content is posted on blogs, news headlines, podcasts, or any website that publishes a feed.
The orange image on the left is a standard icon used to indicate that a feed is published by a website. Some browsers will show it in the address line, and clicking on it will give you the option to subscribe to the feed. SpiralNature.com simply lists it at the top of our menu as “RSS“.
How do I subscribe?
Software that reads an RSS feed is alternately called an RSS reader, feed catcher, or news aggregator. Subscription is always free, and there are several ways to subscribe.
What’s it do?
By subscribing to a feed, you receive content from the website as it’s updated. You no longer need to remember to go back and check your bookmarks: instead, the content come to you. We publish full feeds, so that means each new essay, ritual and review is published in its entirety. The formatting may differ a little depending on your reader, but you’ll get the full text.