WELCOME TO WITCHVILLE

Written by Victoria Elizabeth


Copyright by Victoria Elizabeth 2004. All rights reserved.

WELCOME TO WITCHVILLE (Home of Scream Cuisine & Other Stuff)

Living in Victoria, BC (Canada) has a few perks.

Second to Salem, Massachusetts (the world capital of witchcraft), Victoria, BC is Canada's "most haunted house city".

This "California-North", left-coast, cosy community withrepparttar unique distinction of being dubbed Canada's "garden city", it also has something else strange going for it.

According torepparttar 118145 most recent Canadian census,it seems that Victoria hasrepparttar 118146 largest per-capita witch population inrepparttar 118147 country. In fact, more than 1,000 folks filled out a form declaring themselves truly "out-of-broomstick the-closet"! However, more optimistic estimates, byrepparttar 118148 local pagan and witch community, put this figure closer to 5,000!

Even though Statistics Canada has stated that paganism isrepparttar 118149 fastest- growing religion inrepparttar 118150 country, Victoria has earnedrepparttar 118151 novel title of being one ofrepparttar 118152 few places inrepparttar 118153 country where witches can legally marry, wear witch attire in public, (and die) in grace.

So what makes Victoria such a "happening Halloween place" all-year round?

Some have said, it is Victoria's strategic location onrepparttar 118154 San Andreas fault line. (The "energy ofrepparttar 118155 place" makes it a great spot for those who like to feelrepparttar 118156 earth tremble beneath their web-feet -- it also rains here).

Other's say it has to do withrepparttar 118157 ocean (and perhaps far too many seagulls leaving their telltale signs behind to guiderepparttar 118158 ghosts around at all hours of day and night).

But most scientists agree, it probably has something to do withrepparttar 118159 very strange sort of people who live here (namely a high proportion of hot-air politicians, and alternative lifestylers who enjoy wearing point-black hats, hob-nailed hiking boots, and riding recycled broomsticks to work in Beacon Hill Park (a place where pentagrams can be worn openly without anyone batting an eye).

WWJV" whom would Jesus vote for?

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder


My favorite novel, as a young person, was In His Steps, written by Charles Sheldon. The premise of this novel is simple. A group of people inrepparttar church made a spiritual pact that before doing or saying anything they would preface it by askingrepparttar 118144 probing question, "What would Jesus do?" (WWJD).

If you have read that novel, you know this simple query put everyone's life in jeopardy. Everyone, that is, who was serious about it.

Some want enough religion to keep from gettingrepparttar 118145 real thing but not enough to change or inconvenience their lifestyle. Not everyone is serious about his or her religious life.

Many people want to go to heaven but they want to do it their way and in their own good time. If these people treated their jobrepparttar 118146 same way they treat God, they would not have a job for long.

It's a good question: What would Jesus do? I have thought a lot about it myself and must confess it has done some good in my direction. Now, whenever I see those initials WWJD it gives me some pause to think about what I am doing. And, if you have to know, I've had to not do some things I had projected.

Recently, in light ofrepparttar 118147 WWJD resurgence, I have seen bracelets, and jewelry and other paraphernalia with these initials, reminding people ofrepparttar 118148 message. I'm all for anything that will encourage people to dorepparttar 118149 right thing, regardless of any inconvenience.

I think, however, that some people have taken a left whenrepparttar 118150 road map indicated a right.

For example: Someone wrote a book on What Would Jesus Eat? I did not readrepparttar 118151 book but I'm guessing he ate a lot of fish but absolutely no pizza, let alone a nice slice of New York-style cheesecake.

Often I have wondered how our Lord survived without cheesecake. Don't tell anyone, but I have a sneaking suspicion he would have enjoyed a slice, as well as me.

Some advertising genius got onrepparttar 118152 wagon and struck uprepparttar 118153 band with "What would Jesus drive?" I could be way out of line here but I'm thinking Jesus drove a donkey, if you can drive a donkey.

One ofrepparttar 118154 last things he did was to ride a donkey intorepparttar 118155 city of Jerusalem. Apart fromrepparttar 118156 lowly donkey, Jesus wore out a lot of sandal leather.

If I'm going to "drive what Jesus drove," I will have to turn my car in for a low mileage donkey. Donkeys are great on gas but it isrepparttar 118157 post-donkey problem that keeps piling up.

I know whatrepparttar 118158 Mistress ofrepparttar 118159 Parsonage would say (and do) if I brought a donkey home some evening. Mr. Donkey and Yours Truly would be traveling companions, to be sure.

The question burning in my mind during these pre-election days is simply; "Whom would Jesus vote for" (WWJV) inrepparttar 118160 upcoming elections?

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