Author Archives: M. Ashley

About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.

Things I Don’t Believe In … In My Own Religion

More reasons to come to the cult clubhouse with your favorite future cult leader. Let’s talk crap about our own religions! Continue reading

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Losing The Sacred Canopy

Put The Sacred Canopy sociology of religion book down for intractable arrogance and picked up an intro to the sociology of religion textbook instead. It’s a much more pleasant read. It’s also a much easier read, but that’s not why … Continue reading

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Couldn’t Remember Today…

…who the main guy is in The Odyssey. … Really. Starts with an “O,” Michelle. Starts with an “O.”

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Bodhi Day—All the Enlightenment in All the World

On this Bodhi Day, may your inner eyes be open and your soul expand to embrace the world in which you live. Read more… Continue reading

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Soul Bites Quotes: Sacred Dance

“Dancing in the precincts of the dead renews the will to life.” -Walter Burkert, Greek Religion

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Ring the Bell at Your Own Risk

God says my beard is a mess. Continue reading

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Dear Theologians, Don’t Be THAT Theologian

Why beat the hell out of each other with your brains? Quit it. That’s not what brains are for. You’ll put someone’s eye out. Continue reading

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