Over the past ten years I have written letters to all of the following:
American Vinland Association
Asatru Folk Assembly
Irminen - Gesellschaft
Of these, and many others I cannot even remember anymore, only two ever contacted me back: The Troth and The American Vinland Association. The Troth does not believe as I do on some points, but I do get their magazine Idunna. I also have great respect for Diana L. Paxson who is the editor and clergy coordinator and an author of several books in my ever growing collection. The American Vinland Association, after a very long time, finally wrote me back a very nice letter and gave me information about their association. The letter came from Prudence Priest, an elder in their association, and even came with some recommendations. Their pamphlets reflected my views on our religion very closely. I, however, never jump in with both feet, so I sent them 20 dollars for their magazine, Yggdrasil, and waited for a reply. Well, 6 days later the letter came back marked return to sender; attempted - not known; unable to foward. I, of course, thought I had addressed the letter incorrectly so I checked the address on the letter against the application. It matched perfectly. I then checked the other pamphlets and they had the same address too. I even went on - line and checked their website. And guess what, same address there as well.
Well Prudence you and your association have been the last straw for me with Asatru Organizations. Yes I am finally tired of being ignored, and just plain confused by all of you. Meeting new people and joining in new learning experiences should be fun, not frustrating as all hell. So from this moment on I will never again waste my time with these people and their organizations. It has been one hell of a waste of my time and effort. I guess the Triad wants me to remain An Independent Asatruar.
I will continue this blog because I made an oath to the Triad that I would do this for one year. But after that I will go back to being a lone practioner. That is obviously what Thor, Freyja and Odin want and I will bow to their wills. This really does make me appreciate Galina Krasskova even more ! She treats people in our Pagan religions like they matter. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness !
A frustrated Glenn Bergen
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !