February 20th is Tempest Smith Day, and she deserves a day to mark her short life. On February 20, 2001, Tempest Smith died as a result of the relentless bullying she received from her classmates. She was shy, she liked to wear black "Gothic" clothing and, she was studying and following Wicca. She was also highly intelligent and talented. She wrote poetry, played the flute, and in general showd more depth to herself that most folks would expect in a middle-school girl. Had she lived, she would be entering her mid-twenties today. One can only imagine the young woman she might have become! Many of us have endured bullying, and perhaps most of us who would find interest in a podcast such as this. It could be said that Tempest Smith was one of so many, but she is also one who represents ever-so-many. A look at the Tempest Smith Foundation web site reveals photographs of many more. And so, perhaps let us see her as a patron for those who are the victims of bullying. And if we keep Tempest in mind, we might be able to put an end to bullying. And this is a special ritual done in her honor to celebrate her life and mark her day. Blessed Be!
Religious programming that actually works! "Midweek In A Very Different Pastor's Study" is a short midweek examination of issues we deal with, and a sort of "bonus" for listeners of "The Secrets In Plain Sight" and "Church Back Home", and it also functions as a bridge between the two. "Mass For The Shut-Out" is a celebration of The Divine.