Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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Pagan Logic


When the Viking chieftain Guthorm (“Battle Dragon”) was poised to invade England, the English king called up an ill-equipped army to counter him.

Being a pious Christian, the king also assembled a vast number of priests and monks to pray for victory. Guthorm's first move in battle was to kill every single one of them.

“Oh, the perfidious barbarians!” cried the Christians. “Massacring the defenseless men of peace!”

When told of this complaint, Guthorm grinned.

“Enemy wizards working hostile magic don't get to claim non-combatant status,” he said.



In loving memory of

Paul Tuitean



Nothing's forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten.”




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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Jamie
    Jamie Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Mr. Posch,

    Your tale reminds me of some of my favorite scenes from the TV show, "Vikings".

    I'm sorry about your loved one.

    "Robin Of Sherwood", was made of awesome, by the way. I appreciate the reference.

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