Monthly Archives: January 2011

the smith’s virtue: perseverance

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. The next virtue in ADF’s list is perseverance, what’s colloquially referred to as “sticktoitiveness.” It’s not a flashy virtue; it lacks the panache of courage, for example. As with so many … Continue reading

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becoming integers

Integrity is the next virtue on ADF’s official list, and one I agree with wholeheartedly, down to the name. ADF defines it as “honor; being trustworthy to oneself and to others, involving oathkeeping, honesty, fairness, respect, self-confidence.” My trusty dictionary … Continue reading

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A winter exorcism (an ode to the Morrigan)

I admit the message is a bit ambiguous, if not flat out disturbing: She who inflames anger and violence — the warrior’s rage — also provides for its catharsis. Indifference and rage can both kill. The Morrigan, however, is an ambiguous figure … Continue reading

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A prayer to Brighid in times of violence

It’s sad how often I tend to repost this poem. I wish we lived in a world in which it was no longer applicable. Brighid, Lady of Healing, fill us with your peace. Bring peace to those who hear the … Continue reading

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Paradox

Look: the weathered wood of the barque rides the leaf-green sea. Look again: the white foam streams in the wind, mane of mares. A chariot skims the grass-heads. Birds fly silver-scaled. Another mystery of the road poured out from a … Continue reading

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Courage, valor and bravery

What makes a king out of a slave? Courage!  — the Cowardly Lion It seems an apt morning to ponder the next in the list of virtues: courage, defined by ADF’s official list as “the ability to act appropriately in … Continue reading

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