Sins Of Satire

It’s as if they know no other narrative. No other way of leading. Within the sins of wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony the GOP leadership has included the sin of satire. In ancient Ireland any one of these satires would be cause for immediate and permanent removal from leadership. And with the penalty of paying a sum to anyone subjected to their satire, we would all be rich.

Beannacht,
Judith – judith@stonefires.com

Threads Of Justice

 

 

Our Irish ancestors had a system of law and justice that guided their lives for centuries if not millennia. An Seachas Mór. The Great Ancient Tradition. The laws were based on the knowing that everyone has honor and is to be honored. I wonder what might be possible if these laws, these civil codes, were in place today.

May all beings be honored and free from suffering.

 


Beannacht,

Judith – judith@stonefires.com

Yes. We Will.

In this Winter Solstice season we celebrate the Light. The returning Light and the Light we hold. However it’s hard to not see the incredible darkness that has settled over our country. And wonder how we will find the way forward. The way out of this dark place.

I question whether we can look to our leaders, even and perhaps especially democrats, to find our way. But we can look to the fundamental values we hold and to others who share our vision of what is possible. And I am reminded we can look to our Irish heritage. A heritage of a people who overcame subjugation and oppression and genocide. They never forgot who they were. May we never forget who we are.

Beannacht,
Judith – judith@stonefires.com

That’s Bob With One ‘O’

Long after dementia robbed him of so many memories, this one remained. The way he used to introduce himself. Dad was a brilliant man with a great sense of humor. Although Canadian by birth and US citizen by choice, it was his Irish heritage he most cherished. And within his rich legacy, inheriting his love of Ireland and all things Irish is what I most cherish.

Bob. Barley Bob. Bob with one ‘o’. He loved his name and as I continue to wander through boxes of family photos and slides I am reminded of another Bob memory that was important to Dad. 

While Dad was Dean of Science at WSU he had the opportunity to start an environmental sciences program in collaboration with the University of Idaho. Much of that initial funding came from Robert Redford. Dad used to delight in telling us how they used to phone each other. “Hey, Bob. Bob here,” was the beginning of each conversation regardless of who placed the call.

Whether fly-fishing or standing in a field of ripening barley, generally a strain he had developed, Dad had a love of the natural world and devoted much of his life to a deeper understanding of it. As I continue to walk with my spiritual guides and embrace their teachings of being in right relationship with the Sacred, with the Earth, and in Community, I appreciate that this connection with the Earth is yet another gift of Dad’s legacy.

So thanks, Bob with one ‘o’. I miss you. 

Beannacht,
Judith – judith@stonefires.com

Portals Lost

Dear friends. I do so appreciate your comments on my posts. But I need to let you know that future comments might be a bit more challenging. Over the last few months I’ve been getting as many as 200+ spam comments every day. Actually not comments related to any of my posts but more the nature of a chat room between people of many languages all with car insurance email addresses. It’s as if they were using my blog as a portal for communication among themselves. After extensive conversations with WordPress the only solution they could offer was to change my settings and disallow anyone not signed up through WordPress to comment. Well. It’s worked for closing that car insurance chat room portal. No more spam comments. But I fear it will also block your comments. And for that I apologize. I’m still exploring options, but for now this is the setting. So…although I know it’s not nearly as convenient, I invite your comments directly through my email.

Beannacht,
Judith – judith@stonefires.com

Demanding Women

We don’t have their portraits but we have what they penned, if you can read the Old Irish text. And their purpose was clear. If women had control of all affairs it is certain that things would be more settled and peaceful than they are.

Ireland in the 1690s was a grim place. After being defeated by King William the Irish were plunged into a cultural darkness with the implementation of the draconian Penal Laws. The women of Ireland, fed up with the mess that men had plunged their world into, decided to seize political power themselves, set up their own parliament, and enact their own laws. They formed the Párliament na mBan, the Parliament of Women. They were used to having power and using it. It was their heritage.

The oldest surviving Celtic law system is the Irish Brehon Laws. Established in 714 BC, these laws gave more rights and protection to women than any other western law code at that time or since. It’s been suggested that with regard to women’s rights, Irish women are struggling to regain what was true for their ancesstresses fifteen hundred years ago. For the women of the Párliament na mBan this was their heritage and they demanded a rightful voice and place in the affairs of their country.

This past week thousands of our Israeli and Palestinian sisters came together in the Women Wage Peace movement to demand their voices be heard. In January of this year hundreds of thousands of women marched to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.

As horrific atrocities continue to unfold in this country and around the world, we stand on the shoulders of our ancesstresses. We stand rooted in our heritage. We stand as demanding women.

Beannacht,
Judith – judith@stonefires.com