Tag Archives: druids

Bard: Rock Star of Gaelic Ireland

One of the things I enjoy doing every Sunday afternoon is listening to Into the 70s on WGHN – five hours of happy memories. As a kid, growing up in the dead coal-mining town of Export, PA in the 1970s, I … Continue reading

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World Tree

As I raked leaves this weekend, I spent some time taking stock of the ash tree standing sentinel over the front yard. It’s had a rough few years and bears the D-shaped scars of attack from the emerald ash borer, … Continue reading

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Into the West

Back in May, in celebration of the first annual Tolkien Burren Festival, we took a look at how author J.R.R. Tolkien’s love for Ireland – especially the Burren – may have influenced The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. … Continue reading

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What’s That Smell?

May Day has come and gone in west Michigan and the only flowers in bloom here are daffodils, hyacinths, and a few eager dandelions. The tulips are just starting to think about it. Why is this observation important? Because you … Continue reading

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Got Milk?

Through the wet and the cold, buds are swelling on bush and tree. The willows are sending out new shoots and the days are lengthening. It’s the beginning of the end of winter in Ireland and food stores of grain … Continue reading

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Term Papers, Smerm Papers!

Got a term paper due at the end of the semester staring you in the face? Final exams? Maybe even a thesis to defend? Stop whining and be glad you weren’t a bard! In Ireland, there were druidic colleges in … Continue reading

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