Happy Holidays!

So, the world didn't end. Darn it. I was hoping to call dibs on my neighbor's 1967 Mustang when all the True Believers ™ were swept up in the Rapture, or whatever was supposed to happen. Oh well. In the meantime since we all have to continue to muddle along, I thought I'd say thanks … Continue reading Happy Holidays!

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Looking Back, and Ahead

So. Trying to get back into the groove here and get something posted. I imagine most of us are still reeling from Friday's events in Newtown, Connecticut. I've found it hard to think about much else, myself. So this afternoon I indulged in some escapism and watched "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Not one … Continue reading Looking Back, and Ahead

Counterpoint

Perhaps a counterpoint to my last post, this is soothing, rather than distressing. I woke to this on the radio the other day. Music at that hour, when I'm not yet fully awake, has a profound effect on me. I am unable to move, even to roll over and check the time, lest I miss … Continue reading Counterpoint

Mari Boine – Hear the Voices of the Foremothers

I think that's where the gods are. I have a new favorite singer. I just saw this over at ThorNews. Mari Boine is a Norwegian folk artist, who is also Sami (what we typically call Lapp, which is something of an insult). You can read a bio of her at the ThorNews site. She sings … Continue reading Mari Boine – Hear the Voices of the Foremothers

Bread of Angels

I thought I had shared this awhile back, but I can't find it searching through old posts. This is a piece I heard on one of the music stations I listen to while writing. It's by Stanton Lanier, and it's called Bread of Angels. This guy used to be a chemist, and then a financial … Continue reading Bread of Angels

Purely Pacific Northwest

Pretty video of locations around the Pacific Northwest, with some fantastic shots of Crater Lake and Mount St. Helens. The opening shot is moonrise on Mt. Hood, which is just east of Portland. I recommend viewing in full screen. We desperately need a channel that features these kinds of videos, the way Norway features hours-long … Continue reading Purely Pacific Northwest

Thoughts as I Thinketh

Well, this was just going to be a quick post to show the card, as our ‘thought for the coming week’ but the quote got me started thinking, as I’m sure it was intended to do. The card is from Charlene Livingstone's Art of Life Tarot. I do think this is an interesting choice for … Continue reading Thoughts as I Thinketh

Shining Night – A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

http://youtu.be/j_9kmZeXx5U   You guys know I love this man's music, I've posted it here before, and I'm thrilled they've done a documentary about him now, while he's still with us. This is just a trailer for it. Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen' celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist … Continue reading Shining Night – A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

How to get the little woman to try sci-fi

Well, I’ll tell ya. I wrote this post at the urging of  a couple of guys who wanted suggestions of books and movies to try to interest their spouses in science fiction. So I thought, ok, it could be that many women have simply not been exposed to it, or are not aware of the … Continue reading How to get the little woman to try sci-fi

Celtic Sun Worship

It seems like virtually every ancient culture indulged in sun-worship at some point. But did the Irish? Or more specifically, the early Celtic settlers in Ireland? The Irish don't seem to have had a particular god or goddess of the sun, or a name for the sun as a deity. Lugh has sometimes been seen … Continue reading Celtic Sun Worship