October 28th, 2009

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Crane Order Announcement

For years, Three Cranes Grove, ADF, has honoured the Crane in our rituals and in our fellowship. To us, the Crane has long been more than just a name: the Crane is a symbol of transformation and service, both internally and externally. We hope now to bring this symbol into the lives of others within ADF through an ADF Order.

The ADF Order of the Crane is an Order based on a complex of devotional and transformative work. The Order and its members will work to serve ADF by developing ritual, liturgy and tradition at our hearth shrines and as part of a wider community. Order members will develop rituals to build and respond to transformative experience. Through all this work, the image, motif, and personality of the Crane will inform our path, and we will adopt and adapt the traits of the Crane, as presented in myth and lore, to be our guide on this path.

We have created a temporary website on the 3CG site, which will be placed on the ADF site after the Order is formally approved. The site includes our bylaws, initial meditations, and a link for joining our mailing list. You may view the site here:

http://www.threecranes.org/order/

Additionally, there is a book available for our members that outlines the work of each level of the Order of the Crane. The book is a first step, a general working guide that includes a devotional ritual, all requirements for advancement in the Order, discussion on the myth and symbolism of the Crane, and other important tidbits about the Order. There is no need to be a member of the Order to purchase the book, and you may find it at:

http://www.cafepress.com/adfcraneorder.407816289

The Order itself is designed to work for both Grove-affiliated members and Solitary members, and there is an emphasis on solitary work done at the home shrine, and and advancement within the program can be done alone or with a group.

To be clear, this Order is not an extension of Three Cranes Grove, ADF, other than on a most basic level: this work with the Crane began in 3CG, but not all 3CG members are Order Members, and not all Order Members are 3CG members. This order is designed to delve deeper into the motifs of the Crane, and while some overlap with existing crane-centric traditions like 3CG is expected, we hope that it will be but one facet of an independent, growing and changing Order.
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"Twitter is for old people."

Recently, I have been listening to NPR on my way to and from work. It makes me feel like there's no reason to flip on The News Hour With Jim Lehrer after work. Anyway, I have been enjoying the shot of news and information presented in general, and some things in particular.

One of my favourite stories recently, "Facebook, MySpace Divide Along Social Lines," discussed who uses MySpace versus Facebook. But the best part was the last line of the story, "Twitter is for old people."

I laughed for about an hour when I heard that.

And it's totally true. Twitter really is for people who think they're on the "cutting edge," but it's really a sign (like watching the News Hour or listening to NPR) that one is just getting old. There aren't many kids on it, and the median age of Twitter users is older than me. Twitter seems to be the internet equivalent of yelling, "Hey, you teenagers! Get off my lawn!" Except that it's less effective.

Social networking appears to be a good way to be behind the times, most recently. The days of FaceBook and MySpace are shortening, I imagine, and soon the kids will come up with the next big thing, which they'll abandon as soon as they realize that the old farts have found it.

So says a guy who listens to NPR, watches the News Hour, has MySpace and LinkedIn and FaceBook accounts, and has a TwitStream on Twitter. The best part is, I'm below the median age of everything but MySpace users. . . and I'm "old."