Don Elfant

Ray vs Egon

Ray vs Egon

DON: Trying to finish…er… start my Stranded-On-An-Island-With-One-Fictional-Scientist blog.
MICHAEL: Cool. Who did you settle on?
DON: I’m thinking about Ray Stantz from GHOSTBUSTERS.
MICHAEL: Whaaaaa? Ray over Egon? You two are dying on that island; you know that right?

Mazephobia

Mazephobia

Other Worlds Austin’s next Orbiter screening is the Texas premiere of DAVE MADE A MAZE on Wednesday, July 19 at Flix Brewhouse.

In the film, Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

The Spontaneous Spectacle of STAR WARS

The Spontaneous Spectacle of STAR WARS

Back in the day, we waited in line because we had to. That was the only way to see the show. By contrast, a month before its release, THE FORCE AWAKENS had already surpassed $50 million in advanced ticket sales, breaking the overall record previously held by THE HUNGER GAMES more than eight times over.

We Hope Kelsey Didn't End Up Like Barb on STRANGER THINGS

We Hope Kelsey Didn't End Up Like Barb on STRANGER THINGS

First, we will attempt to communicate with the Kelseios via ham radio and walkie-talkies. If that doesn’t work, we will try an elaborately staged Christmas light display. We have no idea why this works but we’ve had some success with it in the past. 

Austin: Geek Capital of the World

Austin: Geek Capital of the World

Austin’s official slogan is “Live music capital of the world.” It’s a well-deserved honor but one Austin might be losing as one classic venue after another closes up shop. Austin’s unofficial motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” This originally was aimed at getting people to patronize independent local businesses instead of national chains. But it’s taken on a life of its own as a kind of mantra for the city.

Spirit Lake's Slightly Creepy Daily Paper

Spirit Lake's Slightly Creepy Daily Paper

We are only a few days away from the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film screening of the Austin Premiere of THE MIDNIGHT SWIM on July 9 (9:30pm) at the Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7 in Austin. In an effort to learn more about this perplexing town, our team has been scouring the local paper for any information about Spirit Lake we could find.  We’ve gathered this together in ths ‘Spirit Lake Sentinel.’ 

153rd Annual Spirit Lake Diving Competition

153rd Annual Spirit Lake Diving Competition

In the summer of 1862 the diving competition began with two brothers (Jake and Ned McGillicuddy) who took time off from trying to kill each other from opposite lines in the Civil War. From the auspices of that ‘friendly’ contest was born the modern day diving competition.

Welcome to the Church of the Renewed Spirit

Our growing community offers a safe haven for anyone and everyone to learn how to balance the inner self with our external worlds- past, present, and future. We strive to live in a new world communal consciousness of sharing on all levels: socially, economically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.  Everyone shares in the honor of responsibilities and the fruits of our collective labor.

Our large sanctuary houses all our members as well as providing comfortable lodging for our visitors.  Each dorm room is assigned to one of the clean, communal bathrooms.  The Great Hall is perfect for group discussions and interpersonal growth.  Many of our leaders’ spiritual texts are kept in the Library.  The Chapel is for night time meditation, candle and purification ceremonies, and also houses the Shrine to all our past Spirit members.  The family kitchen features two large brick ovens and plenty of space for helping hands.

Just steps away is our organic family garden that is always focused on nature’s rhythm of in-season fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  We work hard to make sure our home is sustainable while respecting nature’s own balance.  Two barns share a beautiful pasture and are home to five cows, three goats, 15 chickens, and two peaceful herding dogs that keep a good watch.  Our animals are free to walk the fenced pasture during daylight, fed an organic vegetarian diet, protected, and happy.

Our surrounding land also holds a beautiful and mystical forest that is home to some of the oldest trees and souls in the region and a friendly wildlife population that can be seen during the daytime.  A small natural clearing has a little stone altar that can be used for daytime nature offerings.  The night fog is to be feared and left alone as it travels to Spirit Lake and back.  Only members ordered to tremble in the purification cages are to be outside of the sanctuary after daylight and the doors are locked for the night.

The center of our community is the healing, cleansing, and renewing powers of the waters of Spirit Lake, upon which our peaceful home sits.  We hold group baptism ceremonies every day at sunrise and everyone is encouraged to find a time during daylight to have solo meditations with the water. The Lake and the Spirits in it are always treated with the most respect.  The Lake is life.  The Lake is death.  The Lake is our Source.

Our community celebrates the Lake with many sacred days throughout the year.  Our most precious ceremony pays tribute to the Spirits of the Lake with a living contribution. The honored senior member becomes one of our Spirit protectors and our Source grows more powerful.  The Source does not take without giving back to us and we are eternally blessed.

Learn more about how to join or visit our community, or how to schedule and prepare for a baptism ceremony here.

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