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About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' and founder of He's also written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.

My Ancestral Storylines, Part II

“Hold never in scorn the hoary singer; oft the counsel of the old is good; come words of wisdom from their withered lips …“ – Havamal, Stanza 133 In my last blog on ancestral storylines, I mentioned that my mother … Continue reading

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Travel Blog: Puerto Rico, the Land and Its Fruits

After my Key West vacation, I spent some days in Puerto Rico with family. This time didn’t feel like a vacation, as I didn’t do many of the things that a vacationer does. I spent time with family, and watched … Continue reading

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Travel Blog: the Pleasures of Key West

I just spent three full days in Key West and (like most people who visit) fell in love with the warm, friendly, picturesque town. The pastel colors reminded me of my Caribbean homeland of Borinquen, and much of the architecture … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! Lila: Reclaiming Religion as Pleasure

Philosophy Now has published yet another intro to Epicurean philosophy that confuses the end (pleasant living) for sedation or painlessness (disguised as ataraxia, which is a condition that leads to pleasant living). The article is titled The Ultimate Tranquilizer, and has prompted … Continue reading

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Cassava Bread: Cultural and Culinary Notes

I didn’t delve much into my Taíno heritage in my ancestral storylines piece, but at over 10% Native American, I’m much more credibly aboriginal than Elizabeth Warren! 🙂 The Taínos worshiped deities known as the cemí (somewhat like the kami of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Sting!

Sting–whose birthday is today–is a versatile artist. He even recorded a CD in Spanish and Portuguese, beautifully sang the Hare Krishna mahamantra with Jai Uttal, and entered the science-fiction mythology of the Duniverse when he incarnated the feisty nephew of Baron … Continue reading

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On the Utility of Blasphemy and Shame

Today is the International Blasphemy Rights Day. When I read the Satanic Bible, I remember having a strong reaction when I read the few truly blasphemous verses. I left the Catholic Church of my upbringing in 1991, but the blasphemous hues of … Continue reading

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