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Light in the live oaks, Edisto island SC
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Magic, I say! I hear the little voices in the trees.
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Kids on a jetty, Edisto beach SC
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What is the Song of the World?

Hey fellow Druids! Is the Oran Mór part of your approach to Druidry? Does it shape your beliefs or practices in any way? If so, how? And if you’re not a Druid, do you have a similar concept in your own tradition?

#Druidry   #cosmology   #poetry  
The latest issue of the Alternative Religions Educational Network's newsletter just came out this past weekend, and I was excited to be included as one of those featured in an interview with the editor, Christopher Blackwell. We chatted about my... #beauty #christopherblackwell #cosmology
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Good to see linguistics helping other sciences: conservatives might not be as happy as they think http://ow.ly/KBG4L 
Today we're debuting a new recurring feature we’re calling Queries. Scientific journals publish new research so often that the nuance and context of the latest findings can become lost in the news ...
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A gorgeous window in Charleston SC. The mixture of stone and ironwork is exquisite. 
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That was so pretty in person.:)
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Goddess Withdrawn

Why did it bother me? Why did they annoy me so much, those who flaunt their closeness with their deities? Those who say that they are called, that they’ve been given some sacred duty to perform. They stride with such confidence into every bright day, their eyes and armor glistening with the borrowed glory of their service to the gods. Gods that are bright, always so bright, burning with all that purpose and power — and all I had were my little candles, the anemic flame, the dark slumped wick.

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It takes a long time to understand why she left. She'd arrived one day with a burst of rain, a glint of sunlight on wilting ice. She'd come with mud and wind and trampled dogwood petals pressed into the cracks of the sidewalk, with quickened breath and light, with the... #brigid #deity #goddess
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Are there things beyond even a linguist's ability to can? http://ow.ly/KNl8W 
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He said ruthfully.
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Daughter's artwork: "I LOVE THE BEACH". Mixed media, sand and shells, 2015. 
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"I don't get 'runner's high'. I get 'runner's feel a little bit less bad because at least you tried.'" http://ow.ly/KJyLU 
i jogged yesterday and it was awful and i will do it again tomorrow; is this truly what stockholm syndrome feels like
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This is how much I hate jogging. Yes.
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Beach art, by my daughter. The rising tide brings doom to us all. 
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Haha... now I know who it is.
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Warning -- explicit. Contains Irish people cursing. 
For the day that's in it, here's a little something on a 'verbal ejaculation' attributed to St. Patrick - the fifth century Romano-British* missionary who was later elevated to the rank of patron s...
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Q&A: How do you honor your Irish Christian ancestors?

I try to answer an intriguing question put forward in an essay by Sionnach Gorm:

"How do we, as devout polytheists, reconcile the historic reality that our ancestors (at some point in the 5th-6th century CE and with no evidence of coercion) chose to turn to a god of bells and tonsures, of monks and scriptures, of Rome and the Papacy? Why would they 'abandon' the gods of their ancestors, and choose this newfangled Christ and his missionaries?"

Read more -- http://bit.ly/paganStPatricksDay

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Ask me another one! I'm trying a little experiment on my blog, inviting questions about my beliefs and practices, as well as Druidry, Paganism and nature-centered spirituality in general. So ask me a tough one, and I'll try to answer in 1,000 words or less. :)
I try to answer an intriguing question put forward in an essay by Sionnach Gorm: "How do we, as devout polytheists, reconcile the historic reality that our ancestors (at some point in the 5th-6th century CE and with no evidence of coercion) chose to turn to a... #ancestors #christianity #diversity
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    Research Linguist, 2011 - present
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I am a druid, linguist, and author. I write about meditation, relationship with Spirit, soulful fulfillment in scholarship and art, reconnecting the ancient with the modern, creating beauty, and healing the world.

Professionally, I am a computational linguist, with a focus on socio-linguistics, historical linguistics, lexical semantics, and lexicography. I have a keen interest not only in the minutiae of the working of the human mind and its manipulation of symbols, but also the broader patterns of social change and development. I have published papers on conversational implicature, dialect analysis, lexical semantics, and syntactic universals.

Spiritually, I was raised Zen Buddhist in the culturally conservative South, and am now a revivalist druid. I have worked in the fields of internet search, text-to-speech processing, and the defense industry, and am the father of four children. I live in Seattle, WA with my wife Ali and our black cat, Cu Gwyn.

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  • University of Maryland, College Park
    linguistics
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