I’ve been reading a lot of Irish mythology in the last little while. Looking at the English translations of the Old Irish (Gaelic), it is easy to see that many of these stories were once oral poems (probably originally translated from Proto-Celtic by the Christian monks). That got me to thinking about poetry …
A good friend has passed on. We are shocked by the suddenness of it, and saddened by the knowledge that his presence in this world is lost to us, that we shall not share another smile at the joys of life or spend another trip exploring the wilderness of this land together .
Just for fun, here’s a little historical fiction short story that I put together recently, based on the Irish Iron Age culture.
I wrote this little color piece for an e-zine back in August. It captures some of the joys and fears of summertime on our homestead.
On August 28th, we had the thunderstorm from hell. Lightning lashed, thunder boomed, and we all cowered in the cabin as the forces of Nature roared with wild violence around us.
We’re still here! Sometimes I think that’s pretty amazing.
Time whirls by, suddenly 2022 has come to its end, and here we are in the early days of 2023. I’m posting a few photos to bring the blog up-to-date on some of the happenings at the homestead.
It’s been several months since last I posted on our blog site. To those who follow our blog, I apologize. This spring, we chose to undertake a large project – to clear land and plant a permaculture food forest. We were probably more than a little overly optimistic about what we would be able to accomplish. As a result, I had to make some choices about what things would get done and what things would have to go on the back burner. Unfortunately, our blog ended up on the low priority list. We are finally slowing down, and here is an abbreviated summary of our spring spent clearing and planting trees …
I came across the Aspen Proposal a day or so ago in one of my web browsing moments. It resonated very strongly with me, and I can agree with all of the points that it raises. We all need to consider what we are doing to this planet, our home, and how we can ensure that the generations to follow, and all the other living organisms that share this planet with us, still have a place worth living in for the millennia that are to come. This proposal, a global vision for the future, is meant as a place to start the discussion about the type of future we want. I am posting it here so that we can all begin that discussion. Please share it if you feel that is can help the necessary engagement with the future that must come.
Did you think that last summer and this winter were a bit abnormal? Well, you weren’t the only one …