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MacAibhistin Posted on: 13-Mar-2008, 01:32 PM

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I am wondering if anyone attends a protestant church that will be having a special St. PAtrick's day service. Catholics always do it up in style, but just curious of anyone attends a non-Catholic church that also celetbrates Patrick and Irishness.

Thanks,
Rory
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #237798

MacAibhistin Posted on: 13-Mar-2008, 09:44 AM

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They are a fun band to watch and their songs are very catchy. I've seen them 4 or 5 times now, but I think at the end of the day they are basically a pub style band. I don't mean that disrespectfully, but when you've seen a band of highly talented Celtic musicians, such as Altan, Dervish, or the Barra MacNeils, GBS ends up looking somewhat second rate. They are a very enjoyable group and I do appreciate their live shows.
  Forum: Featured Artists  ·  Post Preview: #237782

MacAibhistin Posted on: 11-Mar-2008, 06:06 PM

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Spinning on my disc player:

"Farewell to Coigach" by David Wilkie

"A Living Prayer" by Alison Krauss

"Queen of Argyle" by the Barra MacNeils
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #237437

MacAibhistin Posted on: 10-Mar-2008, 07:24 PM

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"Farewell to Lochaber". Does anyone have them, or know of a site which has them posted?
  Forum: Minstrels Gallery  ·  Post Preview: #237214

MacAibhistin Posted on: 04-Mar-2007, 10:06 PM

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Hey Haynes, who needs Pelosi? You've got Bush.

QUOTE
I tell you, why doesn't our government come up with these creative means of population control?


It's called Iraq . . . sounds like the great tribulation to me.


Just a thought,
Rory MacAibhistin
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #187901

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MacAibhistin Posted on: 17-Dec-2004, 10:43 AM

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Here's the scary part about reading those answers. Studies have proven that we do most of our life's learning in the first ten years of life. Now think, in about 20-30 years, those kids will be administering our meds when we are in the nursing homes! unsure.gif

On that happy note...

Rory
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #98706

MacAibhistin Posted on: 12-Dec-2004, 06:43 PM

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I am currently reading the last batch of a whole pile of assignments from my grade 4s and 5s. Thank goodness it is the week before Christmas break! The last month or so was very busy. sad.gif

Rory MacA
  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #97861

MacAibhistin Posted on: 03-Nov-2004, 08:31 PM

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Great thread Annabelle wink.gif

For me, I have grown less and less fond of Capercaillie. This is an emmensely talented group of musicians who know Gaelic music very well. They are stepped in the melodies and the cadence of Highland Gaelic speech and music. There first two or three cds were able to successfully meld modern and traditional instruments with very old tunes, and newer ones written in the old style. Their sound was fresh, yet traditional. But I found after their Delerium cd, things began to really change and it no longer had that Gaelic melodic feel. The rhythm was gone. So, yeah, I know what you are saying and as a listener and fan, it gets frustrating.

On the other hand, take a band like Runrig. With their change in lead singer, and a concetrated move towards a more earthy, comtemporary folk sound, I think they have become a much better band in the past four years or so.

I guess, ultimately, it is a matter of taste.

Thanks for this thread.

Rory
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #92013

MacAibhistin Posted on: 03-Nov-2004, 08:23 PM

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1. Spending leisure time with Kim (my wife) and Mairead (my daughter)
2. Play music with friends
3. Listen to live celtic music
4. Enjoy a good church service
5. Spend time outdoors on the land or water
6. Discussing politics and religion late at night with my wife rolleyes.gif
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #92010

MacAibhistin Posted on: 29-Oct-2004, 07:52 PM

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Sounds wonderful, Moongoddess. I'd love to see your neck of the woods! I miss not being near the ocean, so I truly envy you.

Rory

P.S. Can you post any pictures of your area?
  Forum: United Kingdom  ·  Post Preview: #91308

MacAibhistin Posted on: 28-Oct-2004, 10:26 PM

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I go away for a few days and look what happens! Well, in all honesty, I could tell by the title of the thread and its originator where this thread was going - straight to hell. tongue.gif

It is an interesting thread, and a fun read all in all. Here's my two cents worth. Halloween is not a holiday, unless you are a true pre-Christian Celt (which, I am sure, none of us truly are). So, today, it is an Old World carried over tradition that has been adapted to fit our materialistic culutre - hence the emphasis on treats and prefabricated costumes based largely on pop-culture caricatures. Nevertheless, in North America, we enjoy the tradition and it provides most people with a little fun. It does not encourage us to become Satanists and I have never heard of anyone leaving their church to join a coven because of Halloween. I am a Christian, but I see no need to walk in fear. What would Jesus do? The same thing he did when he grew up in Nazareth. He participated in the local customs of the day and placed. He fished, he went to parties, he danced, he drank wine, he went to church, etc.

It seems that some people try to state their beliefs on here in such a way as to make others who don't feel the same as somehow inferior. Folks, let's not tear each other down, show a little respect and compassion. We don't need legal interpreters of a creed spreading their "stuff" here, it simply is not what this neo-Celtic community is to be about.

If you don't like Halloween, stay home. If you like it, enjoy it. If youths in your areas are being violent or destructive, it is not because the event is from the Devil, it is because these kids have poor values (and poor role models!)

God Bless and good night.

Rory
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #91182

MacAibhistin Posted on: 28-Oct-2004, 09:48 PM

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Here in the great North, Hallowe'en will be Sunday night as per the calendar date. Kids will head out after dark (since it will be dark at 5pm), and, yes, unlike my childhood, I will take Mairead through the snow to go get my, er ... her, treats. cool.gif

Rory
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #91179

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MacAibhistin Posted on: 19-Oct-2004, 08:43 PM

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Sorry about that . . . Darned flood control bumped me off for a second.

Anyway, I am glad to hear you are doing a project on Celtic music. I'd like to offer you a few thoughts.

Celtic music is, obviously, music which is stylistically based on something unique to the Celtic peoples. Celtic culture flourished in northwestern France, Galacia in Spain and the British Isles at varying times in history. Through a series of events and trends, Celtic culture has become somewhat eroded in most of its original domains, and has probably held on strongest in the Highlands of Scotland, northeastern Nova Scotia, Ireland, and in Wales. These are areas where the traditional Celtic languages are still spoken to varying degrees (Scots Gaelic (both in the Highlands and noreastern NS), Irish Gaelic, and Cymric respectively).

Celtic music traditionally consisted of three elements - dance music, slow airs, and the song tradition (which was almost always sung accapella). We often see the bagpipes used in martial music today, but that was not their original purpose. The harp and bagpipes were largely replaced by the fiddle in the early 1800s, but certainly the pipes and harp are still an important part of the modern renaissance of Celtic music. It is a style of folk music. It has come with immigrants to North America and Australia. It has adapted and molded into newer forms such as bluegrass and country.

Traditional Highland Scottish music is still played extensively in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and has been carried on by the greats such as:
John Morris Rankin of the Rankin Family
Natalie MacMaster
Ashley MacIsaac
The Barra MacNeils
Buddy MacMaster
Slainte Mhath
etc.


In Ireland, some of the great traditionalists are
Altan
Cheiftains
Dervish
Deanta
Bothy Band
Patrick Street
etc.

The traditional story song tradtion has been carried on by Irish and Scottish types like
The Clancy Brothers
Tommy Makem
John Alan Cameron
The Rankin Family
The Barra MacNeils
Capercaillie
Altan
Dervish
Mary Jane Lammond
Andy M. Stewart
Moya Brennan
etc.

There are a lot of Celtic fusion bands out there nowadays who combine traditional elements with newer instruments, song themes, and other world genres. You can here these types quite often on Celtic radio and on New Ages type stations. Such performers would include

Enya
Clannad
the Pogues
Capercaillie
Rawlins Cross
Enter the Haggis
and the list goes on for ever!

Anyway, it can be a bit hard to define Celtic when it it not obviously traditional. Some say it must include a Celtic language (e.g. Gaelic), or traditional Celtic tunes. Others say as long as a bodhran (hand held drum), or a fiddle or whistle is thrown in it is Celtic. That is when some contestable elements, such as Great Big Sea, enter the mix. I guess, you have to come to a decision for yourself what you would consider Celtic. Anyway, enjoy your research. Hope this is helpful.

Rory
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #89689

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MacAibhistin Posted on: 19-Oct-2004, 07:58 PM

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SGKTTY,
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #89681

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MacAibhistin Posted on: 14-Oct-2004, 05:41 PM

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Welcome to the forum CWood. You will find the folks friendly here. What part of Canada are you from? I'm from NS, but currently rside north of sixty.

Oh yeah, this is the name thread. I really do like your children's names!

Rory
  Forum: Family Matters  ·  Post Preview: #88886

MacAibhistin Posted on: 13-Oct-2004, 10:23 PM

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Finn MacCool is not. She is a 100% bona fide hottie! Perhaps we could get some wall paper or something of her . . . Okay, I'm going too far. It's the accent, completely the accent. lookaround.gif

Rory
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #88711

MacAibhistin Posted on: 13-Oct-2004, 10:17 PM

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Ah, come on, Cori. Answer the last question.
rolleyes.gif

1. IF YOU COULD BUILD A SECOND HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? New Scotland

2. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLES OF CLOTHING? boot cut jeans and teeshirt covered by a plaid shirt, LL Bean hikers

3. THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT? Dervish (I forget the title)

4. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? 6:45

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE? dishwasher

6. IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? guitar

7. FAVORITE COLOR? blue

8. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SPORTS CAR OR SUV? suv

9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN AFTERLIFE? yep

10. FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK? You Are Special by Max Lucado

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON? Fall

12. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? the ability to fly

13. IF YOU HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT IS IT? none

14. CAN YOU JUGGLE? not even a little

15. THE ONE PERSON/PEOPLE FROM YOUR PAST YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK AND TALK TO ? my grandfather

16. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DAY? Saturday

17. WHAT'S IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR/TRUCK? rocks (for weight)

18. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SUSHI OR HAMBURGER? Hamburger

19. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? apple blossom

20. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL? steak, fries, caesar salad, fresh berries for dessert

21. WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVES? apathetic people

22. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? June 30

23. DESCRIBE YOUR PJS. plaid flannel


Rory
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #88710

MacAibhistin Posted on: 11-Oct-2004, 08:54 PM

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I really enjoy it too! It always bugged me that Hector, Molly, and Archie have such an English accent. My favourite characters are Duncan and Lexie (she's a babe!). I'd love to see more interaction with Scottish locals in the show. But it is a cute and fun show. Our PBS station shows it but we are two seasons behind, so if anything major has happened, please don't give it away here. wink.gif

Rory
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #88319

MacAibhistin Posted on: 10-Oct-2004, 02:22 PM

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PBS often replays their popular programs during their winter pledge drives. You can probably catch it them. It is well worth the watch. smile.gif

Rory
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #88054

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MacAibhistin Posted on: 10-Oct-2004, 10:15 AM

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I am usually skeptical of such experiences, but I certainly don't discount them totally as I've had a similar experience.

It was about 12 years ago now. I was out deer hunting one day in an old forest area and I came into a small meadow which had a few relatively "new" trees growing in it. I felt this overwhelming sense that something was there with me. It was so intense that I was gripping my rifle extremely hard. I kept trying to tell my self that there must be a deer in the immediate vicinity and that I simply needed to be ready and I would soon seen it. Well, I walked to the other side of the meadow and did not see the deer I was so eagerly expecting. Then, just in the edge of the meadow, where the old growth forest resumed, there were the scattered bones and skull of a deer that had probably died there maybe 5-10 years previous. There were partially decayed. Nevertheless, I didn't see a live deer that day, but I sure has heck felt the presence of that dead one! It was the weirdest feeling I've ever had, and I've never felt it like that again. Od

dly, I rarely hunt alone now, and I did more often when I was younger. Perhaps when we drown out the other voices in our lives, we can better hear the spiritual ones.


Rory
  Forum: Ghost Stories  ·  Post Preview: #88036

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MacAibhistin Posted on: 10-Oct-2004, 10:02 AM

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Danann, can I send you a song via email?

Rory
  Forum: Minstrels Gallery  ·  Post Preview: #88034

MacAibhistin Posted on: 09-Oct-2004, 08:26 PM

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Sorry to take a long time in responding, Cailiosa, but it has been a busy week. The show was a four hour documentary/round table disscussion style program. There were dramatisations of the the lives of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud that followed the major milestones in their lives, and showed how they developed intellectually. The focus was on on how CS Lewis eventually turned from athiesm to Christianity through intellectual reasoning and Freud went from a Jewish upbringing to a reasoned atheistic position. Then, interpersed between the dramatisations, was a round table discussion of 7 or 8 individuals of varying degrees of faith - from a staunch Christian believer through to an atheist and various levels of believe in between. The discussions would pick up where one of the dramatisations would leave off. I found the discussion part very interesting and I wish they would have shown more if it.

Here's a bit from the PBS website. You may find it interesting.

Rory

The Question of God, a four-hour series on PBS, explores in accessible and dramatic style issues that preoccupy all thinking people today: What is happiness? How do we find meaning and purpose in our lives? How do we reconcile conflicting claims of love and sexuality? How do we cope with the problem of suffering and the inevitability of death? Based on a popular Harvard course taught by Dr. Armand Nicholi, author of The Question of God, the series illustrates the lives and insights of Sigmund Freud, a life-long critic of religious belief, and C.S. Lewis, a celebrated Oxford don, literary critic, and perhaps this century's most influential and popular proponent of faith based on reason.

"It may be that Freud and Lewis represent conflicting parts of ourselves," Dr. Nicholi notes. "Part of us yearns for a relationship with the source of all joy, hope and happiness, as described by Lewis, and yet, there is another part that raises its fist in defiance and says with Freud, 'I will not surrender.' Whatever part we choose to express will determine our purpose, our identity, and our whole philosophy of life."

Through dramatic storytelling and compelling visual re-creations, as well as interviews with biographers and historians, and lively discussion, Freud and Lewis are brought together in a great debate. "The series presents a unique dialogue between Freud, the atheist, and Lewis, the believer," says Catherine Tatge, director of The Question of God. "Through it we come to understand two very different ideas of human existence, and where each of us, as individuals, falls as believers and unbelievers."

The important moments and emotional turning points in the lives of Freud and Lewis ? which gave rise to such starkly different ideas ? fuel an intelligent and moving contemporary examination of the ultimate question of human existence: Does God really exist?


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/questionofgod/prog...gram/index.html
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #87962

MacAibhistin Posted on: 09-Oct-2004, 06:42 PM

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A new Christian cd by Brian Doerksen called Today. He's the guy who wrote "Refiner's Fire" a few years ago. This new cd is really good! I am quite impressed with the depth of the songs and the fabulous harmonies!

Rory
  Forum: Quizes & Polls  ·  Post Preview: #87954

MacAibhistin Posted on: 06-Oct-2004, 07:38 PM

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Did anyone see this 2 part series contrasting C.S.Lewis' embrace of Christianity and Sigmund Freud's embrace of athiesm?

What did you think of this program?

Personally, I really enjoyed the round table discussions, but felt the editing sucked as many good conversations were cut off?

What were your thoughts?

Rory
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #87571

MacAibhistin Posted on: 06-Oct-2004, 07:34 PM

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Just for the curious out there . . .

did anyone notice in the outdoor UN scenes in the Left Behind movie, that there is a row of flags supposedly representing the member nations of the UN. However, if there any among us who know there Canadian provinces, these were actually all flags of Canada's provinces! The movie was filmed in Toronto. tongue.gif

Alan, I have read Perretti and he is a very solid writer. Give him a try. You'll find nothing to bother you in his theology - he's quite conservative.

Rory
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