April 27th, 2005


Speaking and scheduling and loads of other strangeness

So this week started out with the ending of Trillium, full of knife fighting monkeys and good friends (and better sandwiches). When I came back to work on Monday after driving through an all-day snowstorm with my co-conspirators, I found an email in my in-box.

I've been asked to do a speaking engagement at Columbus College of Art and Desgin, dealing particularly with Paganism and with ADF. That gives me about 3 days to put together a full presentation on Neo-Paganism.

Anyway, that engagement is for Thursday in Crane Hall at CCAD. At 7 PM.

"Oh, crap!" I think. "That's the same time as the Grove liturgy meeting!"

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So to know that romandruid and tanrinia can step in and take care of something like a liturgy meeting means a lot to me. Heck, watching mistw02 plan out her own ritual was great. I love enthusiasm and a willingness to work.

It's allowed me to take the time to go do that part of my job which is "face to the masses", to show what the Grove is about (and in this case, also Neo-Paganism in general), and to get more people to our Beltaine rite.

Thanks, guys. You mean a lot to me. Here's "the member who does a lot of stuff" (and accidental Senior Druid) signing off.

Cranes in Ireland were not so nice. . .

I caught this today, and just asked if I could copy the translation:

Athirne the Unsociable

I'm consistently unconvinced that these cranes have anything to do with Esus, but it never hurts to look at them from time to time. Here's hoping he says "yes" so I can put it on my website!

When we first named the Grove "Three Cranes", Gwynne Green asked me if I knew anything about cranes at all, indicating that it was a poor choice. I'd never heard this particular legend, but upon reading it, it doesn't seem to have any actual connection at all (and it certainly doesn't read the way she described it).

(btw, tlachtga, do you have any theories on that? I'd be very interested in your professional opinion.)