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The Medicine Wheel

July 4, 2017

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The Medicine Wheel symbol is a central spiritual and philosophical device used by many Native American communities. It consists of an equal-armed cross placed inside a circle. This is also a universal symbol that can be found throughout the nations of the world from the ancient days to today. It has been called by many […]

Finnegan’s Wake, a Glance at Irish Mysticism through Lyrical Satire

July 1, 2017

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Finnegan’s Wake is amongst my favorite traditional Irish songs and it has been a staple of the Irish balladeer’s repertoire since the middle of the 19th century. Over the past several decades it has been covered by great and legendary Irish bands like The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, the Pogues, and most […]

Mento Music: Reggae’s Granddaddy

June 26, 2017

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Mento music is a little known style of folk music and dance native to the island of Jamaica that saw its commercial peak in the 1950s. Sometimes called Jamaican Calypso, it is closely related to that Trinidadian musical form. (Read More)

Midsummer

June 21, 2017

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Midsummer is a traditional holiday celebrated throughout many of the world’s cultures, with ancient origins.  It is the celebration of the summer solstice, a important astronomical date on the annual cycle.  It is celebrated on or near the 21st of June. In many Celtic communities it is commonly celebrated on June 24th. (Read More)

US Veterans at Standing Rock Apologize for History of Genocide

December 6, 2016

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The demonstrations ongoing at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline have brought a wide assortment of passionate supporters committed to stand with them against the destruction of sacred and historical sites, and to protect the fresh water supply of the Missouri River. (Read More)

Thanksgiving, Legend, and American Indians

November 24, 2016

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Thanksgiving is one of the United States’ most significant national holidays. It’s probably second in popularity only to Christmas. Like most Americans, I grew up with it. There’s really not much to it other than cooking a lot of food and having a feast in the middle of the day, during which we are supposed […]

Easter Rising, Easter Lily

April 1, 2016

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As Easter week draws to a close I thought I’d write a little bit about my most recent painting “Easter Rising.” The Easter Lily is a calla lily, adopted by Irish republicans symbolically to commemorate the revolutionary combatants who died as a part of the 1916 Easter Rising.  It is traditionally worn at Easter time.  […]