|The Gem Mine
Like the earth itself, the Summerlands holds within its embrace everything from peat to platinum. Here are some gems culled from the Summerlands Message Boards by the Editor (who may occasionally throw in a piece of coal, just for fun). In future issues, these gems will be chosen for the way they shine upon particular seasons and feasts.
way, all of the following excerpts are reprinted here with the permission
of their authors and are protected under copyright law.
From a posting by Topaz Owl on the An Daire Draiochta (Druids' Grove) Message Board:
I was trudging back from the barn tonight in about a foot and a half of snow. It's been snowing here all night and all day, with a blowing wind that makes visibility close to nil, and the roads are quite bad. Well, as I was trudging with my low boots steadily filling up with snow, I stopped suddenly, because a part of me became aware of something quite strange and wonderful.
From a posting by Daibhaid on the Bards' Hall Message Board:
The Lament of the ChildThe plains of Murthemney lie silent now,
a posting by Searles on the Aonach Ceilteach (Celtic Workshop) Message
...the reason there is no single word for "no" in Celtic language is because a Celt is held responsible for their actions in the first place. This means to me that a Celt should understand an action before undertaking it. In that way, when they are told "no," by adding a word to the action to negate it, then the rightness of ceasing their efforts becomes readily apparent and not a kneejerk reaction. My own sense of justice has been known to see me ignore a no if it was not also coupled to an action or an explanation.