The Bard’s Grove is a place to share stories, music, poetry, art, and ideas. This may be a medium about which our ancestors could never have conceived, but the goal is the same: To rise above this mean existence through the aforementioned story-telling arts. Distinctions between legend, myth, factual history, spiritual realms, and religious doctrines are unimportant here. Over the centuries, this title has been bestowed upon individuals of disparate practises. Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, Taliesin, Lughar, Myrddin, Turlough O’Carolan and many others were known as bards of various sorts.
- Covenant of Love - What is the significance of the texts of the Judeo-Christian religions to one who doesn’t consider them rules to be followed, or instructions for how to be good, or even the capital ‘W’ Words of God? What does ‘covenant’ mean in that situation? Does it even have meaning? It may be that this … Continue reading Covenant of Love
- Your first Scotch done right - If learning to drink Scotch is on your to-do list, here are a few tips. First, if you’ve never had it, try some real cheap-ass blended Scotch Whisky (note the lack of ‘e’ in Whisky – this is important – Scotch is Whisky, not whiskey). Cutty Sark should do. It will be terrible, but you will respect the … Continue reading Your first Scotch done right
- A mountain of music theory - There is a never-ending discussion about whether music theory might interfere with the natural art of making music. It tends to go like this: Self-taught-guitarist: I have played the blues for decades. I don’t need to understand theory; don’t need to learn to read music. I’m afraid theory would get in the way of my … Continue reading A mountain of music theory
- A story that bears recapitulating - C, E-flat, and G go into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, but we don’t serve minors.” So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not … Continue reading A story that bears recapitulating
- Relentless Mist (Celtic Rain) - Relentless Mist (Celtic Rain) 6/8, moderately fast, a ballad of the huntress Inspired by the legends of Niniane the Huntress and of Pwyll prince of Dyfed The lowest trees receive the rain, The richest lords endure pain, The sting of love bites kings and beggars, And Celtic Rain crowns all. In ages past the huntress … Continue reading Relentless Mist (Celtic Rain)
- Can’t Find Our Way Home - Your country of origin is an illusion created by imaginary lines drawn on a picture that inaccurately represents the geography of the area you inhabit on a minuscule ball of rock, liquid, and gas flying through space. The lines may have been drawn out of necessity for the purpose of coexisting alongside those with whom … Continue reading Can’t Find Our Way Home
- Paul and the Oral Gospel - Paul wrote in clumps between 57 and 67, often in prison, and almost entirely through dictation. At varying points he shows different levels of acceptance, and not entirely in progressive order. Human that he is, his writings show possibly waffling about women’s issues as well as the degree to which gentiles were included in his … Continue reading Paul and the Oral Gospel
- On Eternity and the After-Life - Here’s something I think is worth considering, because I at times have difficulty wrapping my brain around eternity. That is: you don’t have do believe in cartoon heaven to believe in life after the flesh. It depends on what one means by eternity. Maybe eternity isn’t endless time and space, but rather what encompasses time … Continue reading On Eternity and the After-Life
- If there is no Hell, what is the point? - I have never been afraid of Hell. I’ve never had a dream that I was in Hell. I doubt I ever seriously believed in it, though it was a teaching of the church I attended as a child. For me, the doctrines of penal substitution seemed logical in the sense of a need for … Continue reading If there is no Hell, what is the point?
- Does God fix the problem of sin with sacrifice, or with String Theory? - For someone who loves the scriptures of Jewish and Christian heritage, but who sees the stories of Creation, the Garden of Eden, Noah, Jonah, Job, etc… as a rich mythology designed to teach life lessons rather than history, the penal substitution theology of the cross is irreconcilable. There is, however, another way to see it, … Continue reading Does God fix the problem of sin with sacrifice, or with String Theory?