My apologies for dropping under the radar for so long. It took me this long to get a new password and to delete the ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY THOUSAND SPAM COMMENTS. Now that the Spring cleaning (and it’s not even Spring yet!) is done, I feel more comfortable proceeding. Thanks for sticking around.

By the way, a surefire way to get your comment automatically deleted is to include a URL in it. Just sayin’.

Life update: I’m living in the USA now. My eldest daughter is happily married, trying to make me a grandmother, and teaching at a college. My youngest is cohabitating with her boyfriend and happily working at a theatre.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of health issues that have meant that I can’t work or continue my online schooling (so that Bachelor of Adult Education will have to wait) for another six months or so. It does mean that I have the luxury of being able to spend more time on self improvement: physical and psychological therapy, cooking, crafting, and gardening, reading and pondering, meditating and praying, etc. I’ve been attending and co-teaching local classes on Sufism. And I “took the hand” (ie. became a dervish) with the group I’ve been attending for the past decade.

So. Recently I’ve been thinking about orthopraxy, orthodoxy, and mysticism and how they relate to other things outside the field of religious studies. For example, if you look at Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, the ‘praxy is the sensory domain which involves learning how to do actions. ‘Doxy is more about the cognitive. Mysticism, although it has some overlap with ‘praxy and ‘doxy, is consistent with the affective taxonomy.

I’ve also been inspired to create art based upon Sufi or Muslim practices or beliefs, but with my own personal twist. All in all, things are OK. I look forward to sharing some winning recipes and some thoughts as my body heals sufficiently for me to be able to spend more time at the computer.