Daily Roundup – Give Me A Fish


If you give me a fish...
If you give me a fish…

I like to go fishing once in awhile and sometimes my son and I go together. There’s a lake about 15 minutes away from our home and a creek on the property we like to camp on so opportunities abound for us to catch a fish or two. I’m no accomplished angler by any means but it’s not about the fish so much as it is about bonding and enjoying life in the outdoors.

When I was a kid my mom kept aquariums around the house full of tropical fish and exotic animals like african frogs and newts. Fish and plants have been a part of my life from a very early age and because of that I’m considering delving into aquaponics sometime in the not too distant future. I am told that tilapia and crappie are good choices for an aquaponic system. What about you? Do you have any experiences or recommendations you would like to share? A friend of mine recently reminded me that there is an aquaponics meet-up group in our area.

Someone may be rich and powerful but without friends...
Someone may be rich and powerful but without friends…

Great wisdom from a great spiritual leader and shared by my own tradition brother Ta’li Seabhac. Thank you both for the reminder that many of the things we mistake for important in life really aren’t that important after all. It’s true, we human beings are social creatures. What do you think? Please be sociable and share your thoughts by leaving a comment or liking and sharing this page with others.


Alex Bledsoe Discusses ‘Long Black Curl’ and Eddie LaCrosse.

I’ve really enjoyed the Tufa Tales and look forward to the next one. These magical tales of Appalachian Fae descended from the Tuatha de Dannan are delightful to read and lose yourself in.


Tufa Tales – Appalachian Fae By Alex Bledsoe

So, I just recently finished the first book in the Tufa Novels by Alex Bledsoe, ‘The Hum And The Shiver’ and started on the second book ‘Wisp Of A Thing’. These books inspired the album Tufa Tales which one of my favorite bands, Tuatha Dea released a little over a year ago.  I just found out a new book in the series is out now ‘Chapel Of Ease’ and I’m reading my way toward it this week so I can be caught up on these Appalachian Fairy tales about a mysterious clan of people who some say are the remnants of the Tuatha De Danann of the green isle far away. People who were said to already be living in a secluded valley in the hills of Tennessee when the first European colonists arrived. Very interesting stories indeed and I can’t recommend them enough. Anyway, while reading I learned of this interesting painting called The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke by the English artist Richard Dadd which he worked on for 9 years between 1855 and 1864 in which he used a layering technique which produced 3D like results. It’s a fascinating piece with references in it from old English folklore to Shakespearean works to a host of other historical tidbits and nods. Have a look:

Richard Dadd - Fairy Feller's Master Stroke - Tufa
Richard Dadd – Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke

Tuatha Dea “The Hum and the Shiver Full” version HD OFFICIAL video

“Anyway, we need to talk about blood. You got more Tufa in you than you realize. It ain’t always about quantity: you can have a man ninety-five percent pureblood, but if that missing five percent is the part that lets him ride the wind, he ain’t a true Tufa. You know about riding the night wind?” Don shook his head.“You will, I reckon. I hope. One night you’ll go outside, look up at the sky, and either hear the hum or feel the shiver. If it’s the shiver … well, you’re still kin and I love you, but it means you’ll never be a real Tufa. If it’s the hum, though, you’ll feel the stirrin’ of your wings.”

Skin that song iron y’all! 😉

Daily Roundup – Nature For Your Soul

It is in our nature to be out among the green and growing things because we are a part of the cycle of life. Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit.

Spend time with nature. Spend time with your soul.
Spend time with nature. Spend time with your soul.
Sky above me. Earth below me. Fire within me.
Sky above me. Earth below me. Fire within me.
Be in harmony with the nature of things. - Seng Tsan
Be in harmony with the nature of things. – Seng Tsan
A people who are ignorant of their past will defile the present and destroy the future. - David Lane
A people who are ignorant of their past will defile the present and destroy the future. – David Lane
My life. My choices. My mistakes. My lessons. Not your business.
My life. My choices. My mistakes. My lessons. Not your business.
If you don't leave your past in the past it will destroy your future. Live for what today has to offer. Not what yesterday has taken away.
If you don’t leave your past in the past it will destroy your future. Live for what today has to offer. Not what yesterday has taken away.

Some might say that the above meme and the previous one about those who are ignorant of their past are contradictory but I disagree with such an assessment. There is a difference between being aware of your past and living in it.

If you have a chance to be kind, be kind. If you have a chance to show compassion, show compassion. If you have a chance to know love, know love. If you have a chance to just be, just be.
If you have a chance to be kind, be kind. If you have a chance to show compassion, show compassion. If you have a chance to know love, know love. If you have a chance to just be, just be.

Tuatha Dea – “Long Black Curl” from the album “Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae”, inspired by the novels of Alex Bledsoe.

Did You See And Hear Tuatha Dea Last Night

CELTIC TRIBAL GYPSY ROCK! Tuatha Dea is pure primal energy with a Celtic and World twist. The bands eclectic sound blends the tribal vibe of primitive drums with conventional and non conventional instruments such as guitar, bass, modern and Native American flutes, Didgeridoo and more as well as a myriad of vocal styles to create a truly unique sound. Born of a family drum circle, the group delivers an authentic tribal and clannish feel that not only draws the audience into the music but into the moment and family as well.

Their rhythmic groove naturally inspires audience participation which has become a staple of their performances. From the beginning the band has embraced its Celtic heritage and meshed the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and Great Britain with the pulse-pounding heartbeat of the drums to produce unique versions of traditional favorites like “Aillien Duinn”, “Danny Boy”, “Whiskey In A Jar”, “Loch Lomond” , “Skye Boat” and others.

The group’s eclectic nature also incorporates a rock, blues, new age, world and even punk edge into their repertoire of material to further widen their appeal. Original music such as the Celtic mythology of their namesake song “Tuatha de Danaan” , “Celtic Woman”, “Irish Handfasting”, “Aradia”, “Akasha”, and “Pipers Pay” as well as mainstream compositions such as “The Sky Is Falling” , ” Falling Down” , “Tonight” and “Granny’s Bedtime Tonic” marks Tuatha Dea as a creative force.

You wasn’t there? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! Well, here’s some of what you missed…

 

Tuatha Dea at Groovy Goods
Tuatha Dea at Groovy Goods April 30th, 2014.

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