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Category Archive for 'Bardic Practice'

I’ve begun taking a First Nations course at the local community college this year.  I’ve always been drawn to First Nations people, and fascinated by the overlap between Celtic and North American Aboriginal cultures. I am specifically drawn to express God’s love to this people group, and following Celtic Christian evangelism principles (rather than colonial […]

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As part of my slow journey to apply Permaculture skills in my own yard, I started seeds indoors a few weeks ago.  They’ve come up well now, several in each little pot.  A number of shoots are  just starting a third ‘true’ leaf. In my ‘black thumb’ days I didn’t know that the first two leaves […]

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Well, before my lovely clarsach arrived, I purchased DVDs and instruction books, learned specifically about wire-strung technique on YouTube and when she got here, set to work doing it all ‘right’. That was fair enough while she was still drying.  With all the time it took to thoroughly tune her twice a day, I did very little […]

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In honour of my son’s 18th birthday today, and in memory of the doctor who delivered me  (see dedication below), today I release Water Contemplations into the world.  See below for free download the whole album.  May it deeply bless all who hear it! **FREE**Download the whole Album: Water Contemplations   Contact me if you’d  prefer it in  Apple […]

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    Transitions in life, however anticipated, can be very difficult.  The book below is shedding valuable light as I transition into launching my first child into adulthood.  (click here to see it on Amazon and look inside)   A wonderful book for both the Monk and the Bard is “People and Permaculture” by Looby […]

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Well, my lovely clarsach arrived one week ago today.  It’s hard to believe it’s only been that long!  With care I have tuned, shaped my nails into plectrum and practiced for hours a day. She was expected to arrive earlier than this, and I’m committed to playing her on  Christmas Eve ( I committed when I thought […]

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Well I haven’t got as far putting this site together as I wanted yet, as I’ve been busily putting together an eBook called Acting For Everyone.  I have a few friends who are  teachers and want to incorporate acting into their performing arts curriculum, but are intimidated by it. Given my experiences acting, directing and teaching […]

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A Harp for Christmas

It is gently snowing outside, and I’m listening to quiet instrumental Christmas music.  Some of it has harp music, and I am thrilled, but a little intimidated. Waiting at the International Parcel Hub in the UK is my clarsach, an ancient Scottish form of wire-strung harp.  It was lovingly built for me by hand using […]

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Yesterday was the first time my Reverie II harp was recorded.  It was done in a church sanctuary with good dynamics, and I think it went well. I do not play ‘songs’ on the Reverie harp.  Strung on a pentatonic scale, it creates beautiful ambient music no matter how it is played.   Each time […]

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To Mimic the Master

One of the most wondrous Creation myths (as opposed to the scriptural account) ever told is a little-known work by J.R.R. Tolkien (affectionately known as ‘Papa’ Tolkien at my house as two of my children have elvish names – he’s family). Delightfully entitled “The Music of the Ainur“, it is a rich and majestic tale […]

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