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And Texas it truly is, there's no mistake. Hot humid air, warm oven breezes and too much sun. I wasn't expecting it to be quite this severe. But I love my new abode! An on campus apartment, two bedrooms with three other girls, a kitchen, living room and bathroom. The best part of all is being surrounded by the woods. I have trees all around me! Its simply lovely. Seeing the trees dappled with sun fills me with joy.

The culture is a bit...strange. And I absolutely despise my new job. I guess it would be easier to handle if I was prepared for it...but I just moved here from NY, I'm starting grad classes tomorrow and am orienting myself to new people. Its a lot to take! And throw a fast paced stressful job on top of it all...I'm barely keeping myself together. I'm looking for an on campus job instead.

Being pagan in the Bible Belt makes me nervous. I worry about scaring people (particularly my roomies). I don't want them to isolate me because I'm not Christian like they are. I hope I don't seem too weird to them. I'm under the guise of being a UU...which I haven't seen a church for here. They're popular up North. I'm sure we'll all grow more comfortable around each other as time progresses and we fall into our daily lives.

My Shaman work is going better than my Druid work anyway. The Druidry takes a lot more space and time, and I can't make a Hearth shrine here because I don't feel comfortable doing that in a shared place with people of a faith that doesn't tolerate pagans. We'll see how it goes.

It seems I get a stroke of good luck one minute, and then struck with horrible misfortune the next. Its never a happy medium, its always one extreme or the other. I hate being a Gemini sometimes.

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Comment by Tim Thompson on August 29, 2010 at 10:34pm
Welcome anyway,yea texas is kinda fucked up. But there are places that have great music and art.
Comment by Tim Thompson on August 29, 2010 at 10:34pm
P.S. I am a druid as well. See ya!
Comment by Joe Night Sky on August 29, 2010 at 10:50pm
Good luck with all your endeavors. I lived in Texas for a while and it is actually where I decided to be a Pagan. I've attached a link to a Texas Pagan Podcast There Are Pagans in Texas!!!

Comment by Strmraven on August 29, 2010 at 11:32pm
Yes, there are pagans in Texas, and while a "Pagan Pride Parade" is unlikely, you can still find them in the background, not exactly hiding but not exactly putting it on a bilboard either. As for the culture shock, I completely understand. I went through the same thing when I lived in California for a while. (I couldn't find a descent steak house to save my life and the only Mexican food restaurants that served meat were the little mom and pop places in the "risky" part of town.)

Remember a few rules and you should be fine, New York Hand Tossed... Isn't. Heiffer is not a derogatory term, and its ya'll not youse guys. Oh, and the single most important rule there is. Never call anything "pop" unless it involves the sound something makes when it strikes something eles. Soda will work, and no matter how confusing it sounds when you ask somewhat what they want to drink, if they just say coke, make sure they acutally want Coca Cola TM. We have a bad habit of calling it all coke down here.

Your University will probably have a club for pagans. It will probably be a small group. If you cant find them, look for the SCA (Society for Creative Anacronism) They will have a group on campus, and while not a religious organization, they usually have a high percentage of pagans. Check your local occulty supply store.

Go the the groups here on PS and look up the region of Texas you are in. I'm sure someone there will be able to answer your questions, no matter that those boards are usually very quiet.


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