Sunday, February 28, 2021

world of writing - author interview



-- Author Interview --



Today we have the honour of interviewing author Karen Warner Schueler about her non-fiction book - The Sudden Caregiver: A Roadmap for Resilient Caregiving -  and her experiences in the world of writing.  Karen tells us that when her late husband was diagnosed suddenly with terminal cancer, she suddenly became a caregiver - and in her book she explains each stage of caregiving, helps navigate through each unique situation, and she includes personal stories from many different types of caregivers. Karen used her knowledge gained from being an executive coach with a Master’s degree in Positive Psychology, writing a roadmap for caregiver resilience. Karen lives in Beaufort, South Carolina with her husband, John, and their dog, Fenway. 

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Q: Who inspired you to pursue a career in writing?

A: My late husband, Joel Kurtzman, was the writer in the family and he was my inspiration. Over his lifetime, he published more than 20 books on global business and economics and two works of fiction. He was an editor at The New York Times and Harvard Business Review, a Senior Fellow at The Milken Institute, and was founding editor of two leading publications, Strategy + Business and Korn Ferry’s Briefings On Leadership. Joel died of cancer in 2016 and the book I wrote – which is for him – draws upon my personal experience as his caregiver.

Before his health took a final downturn, the two of us sat in opposite corners of our living room, feet up on our respective ottomans, typing away at our laptops. At one point, he looked over at me and asked what I was working on. “Just finishing something I owe a client,” I said. “How about you?” 

Well,” he said, “I convinced my publisher we need a book on how to beat cancer.” At the time, Joel was enrolled in an experimental clinical trial and his response to it was promising. Perhaps we shouldn’t have, but we both believed there might be more time than there actually was. We held Joel’s funeral five months later. The day after, I found that very proposal in his desk drawer. The first line of it was, “I’m one of the lucky ones.” 

Joel’s life ended way too soon, and with it, his work in the world. While I’m not an expert on the global economy, I decided to extend Joel’s legacy by writing about something I know all too well. With my book on sudden caregiving, I’ve shared some perspectives on caregiving – drawn from my degree and my conversations with other caregivers – that, if adopted, could change the caregiver’s story in the world.

This book took four years to write. To revisit our journey was emotionally demanding much of the time. But knowing I was doing it to create something generative for others out of the experience kept me going. 





Q: Tell us something about yourself. 

A: The most important thing to know about me is that I’m a mom -- and a “nan” to my two grandsons. For 14 years, I was a solo-working-mom until I married Joel just after my daughter, Katie, graduated from high school. I have the greatest respect for working moms, especially those who are raising their kids without a partner. It is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done – and one of the most fulfilling – it’s an awesome responsibility, in the true sense of that word, “awe.” In many ways, so is being a caregiver. That blend of responsibility and resilience felt familiar to me because of my experience raising my daughter on my own.

Katie – 36, and a working mom herself now -- lives in San Diego with her husband, Tim, and their two sons – my delightful grandsons, Oliver, 3-1/2, and Lucas, who just turned 1. People always tell you that there’s nothing like being a grandparent and I had no idea what that really meant until my son-in-law placed Oliver’s tiny hot swaddled body in my arms just after he was born. It had been over a year since Joel’s death at that time and I was still in the grip of grief. But the joy that moment brought to my heart was like a joy I’d never known. That moment was the turning point in my grief, when I began to evolve out of caregiving and reclaim my life. My love for those little boys knows no bounds and not being able to visit them is one of the toughest challenges of Covid.

As far as adjectives my friends would use to describe me, I think “creative” would be at the top of that list. Not only in writing, but in creating leadership experiences for my clients, in creating beautiful and welcoming spaces in my home. Lately, now that the book is written, I’m creating on-demand classes for caregivers. I used to paint and draw and there was a time -- when we didn’t have two nickels to rub together as my mom would say -- when all the paintings on the walls of our home were painted either by Katie or by me.

Another form that creativity takes is creative problem solving. In a way, as an executive coach I’m a professional problem solver. I have an optimistic streak, and I believe in our innate ability to overcome adversity. Until my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, I almost never met a problem I couldn’t solve.

Friends would also say I have pretty high standards. Once, a guy I was dating for a while when Katie was little, gave me a tee shirt that said, “Mediocrity is not an option.” He meant it as a compliment, and I took it that way.

Finally, they’d probably throw in “persistent” and “determined.” Evidence of that: I’ve run two marathons and two half-marathons. I decided to return to graduate school at the age of 58 to get my Master’s degree in Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m still growing my business and loving it, even though I turn 67 this year. Oh, yes, and I wrote a book!

Q: How does writing help you make a difference in the world?

A: At latest count, AARP is estimating that there are 53 million informal, unpaid, family caregivers in the US alone and caregiving makes up roughly 11% of the populations of most developed countries. While caregivers are often described as an “army” or a “network,” the truth is more than half of all caregivers go it alone. They are not inclined to ask for or accept help. I wrote my book to share what I had learned – the hard way, making it up as I went along – with caregivers who are coming up behind me. They might not ask someone else for help, but they might turn to a book.

A central theme of my book is what I call “The Caregiver’s Paradox.” Research often paints caregiving as both depleting and stressful – which it certainly is. But I also found, in my own experience and experiences described by others – that it is also a source of strength, joy, and well-being. It isn’t one or the other, it’s both. But resilient caregiving doesn’t just happen. You have to take intentional action to cultivate it and hold on to it, which isn’t easy. My book presents a roadmap based on what I (and others) literally lived and can now share. It also offers resilience builders. I want to get these to as many caregivers as possible. I’ve made my tools and workbooks available to download for free from thesuddencaregiver.com, along with a page that offers resources.


Q: What do you do when you are not writing?  


A: When I’m not writing, really, I’m coaching full time. I’m an executive coach and I run my own consulting and coaching firm, Tangible Group, which I started in 2002 on the heels of 9/11. On that day, I decided that if this was the end of the world as we knew it, my job at the time – Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for a venture capital firm – was not the job I wanted to be doing. I wanted to be more “of service.” I quit my job, enrolled in the best coaching program in the country (The Hudson Institute of Coaching), got certified, and began my second career as an executive coach. I’ve never looked back. I liked marketing. I love coaching. Nearly twenty years down the road, I have a great complement of clients and the experience that resonates with them.  

I also try to work-out as much as my schedule allows. I used to be a runner and loved to run distances. Lately, I’ve had a few injuries that have slowed me down, but I miss it. During the year after Joel died, I was aware that I had let my fitness regimen slide, so I sat down and calculated how much I was paying in annual fees to my local gym, which I was no longer using. I canceled my gym membership and used that money to buy a Peloton bike. It is every bit the game-changer its fans say it is for many reasons, but the reason it pulls me in is the sense of belonging you have, of being part of a positive and empowering Peloton community.

In addition, I do a fair amount of designing and redesigning the rooms in my home. I recently renovated all my bathrooms, which was quite a challenge during Covid. Joel and I moved houses a lot during the twenty years we were together, and, though I’m untrained, I have an eye for color and for what makes a space appealing and inviting. (I think my friends would also say that about me.)

Finally, I am so blessed to be able to share this part of my story: I’m happily newly remarried and I love the time John and I spend together. We met randomly in Gettysburg, of all places, a couple of years ago and became instant best friends. I was halfway through writing the book at the time and John has been amazingly supportive. We love each other’s families and cheer for each other’s football teams and toast each other’s successes. We share books and music and the Peloton. One day, after Covid, we’ll travel again. 

Q: What gave you the idea (inspiration) for this book?

A: Research that I found early on in my caregiving circumstance helped me shape the structure of the book. First, I began to uncover reports that caregiving takes place in phases over time. It seems obvious that since a patient moves chronologically through their disease, their caregiver will as well. But I remember feeling relieved when I read it. I created the C-A-R-E (crisis, as normal as possible, resolution and evolution) Roadmap based on this idea. 

In addition, the more I read about treating cancer, the more I wanted Joel’s doctors to tell me what else I could do. For example, I kept asking about alternative therapies like nutrition and acupuncture. Their responses were kind but noncommittal, sort of, “Well, if you think you’d like to try that…” I had a thousand questions and I emailed them constantly until I had an a-ha moment that I was asking questions that fell out of the range of their role in all of this and they were too polite to say so. I realized it was up to ME to figure out what actions to take when. That’s when I created the PRISM portion of the Roadmap – a sort of checklist of what practical, relational, integrative, social support and mindful actions to take as I moved from phase to phase.


Finally, I spent a lot of time in the presence of caregivers, who, like me, were populating the same waiting rooms I was during the treatment, imaging, and hospital stays of our care-receivers. I wanted to share with them what I was finding out about caregiving and resilience, to change their story, alleviate their stress, and help them find their smiles.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in writing your non-fiction books?

A: I kept a journal over my 18 months of caregiving, from diagnosis to Joel’s death. When the funeral was over, the demands of caregiving simply stopped, and an echoing silence returned to our big empty home. I took my laptop over to the kitchen counter with the dog gnawing a bone at my feet and the first thing I wrote was a chapter, now in the book, called “How We Got To Now.” It’s our story of how cancer scored a home invasion, suddenly bisecting our lives forevermore into “before cancer” and “after cancer.” I’m not sure I knew, writing that, that I was going to write a book. While I wanted to be a writer for as long as I could remember (I literally wrote a “romantic novel” when I was in second grade in my black and white composition book) I never really thought I’d do it. 

That “who are you kidding?” voice in my head was pretty loud when I started writing. I had to remind myself that I had been an English major in college who had worked as a technical writer in the earliest days of my career. As a result, I had written, literally, dozens of technical documentation manuals – book after book after book – for which I was paid. Didn’t that make me, in fact, a professional writer? It did. I joined a weekly writer’s workshop run by a friend and colleague from Penn and I just kept writing.

When I was halfway through my book, another voice in my head surfaced, abetted by a literary agent whom I met with at a Harvard writer’s conference. I shared with her that I was writing a book on caregiving and she couldn’t have been more dismissive. She told me that I would never be published unless I had “platform” of ”100,000 followers on social media.” I was thoroughly demoralized and that got in the way of forward progress on the book. However, I did divide my time between writing the book and starting up The Sudden Caregiver web site and my blog, Stumbling Upon Grace. That accomplished, I was able to mentally thank that agent, send some loving kindness from the universe her way, and get on with the job of writing my book.

I also struggled with the book’s structure until I came up with how it’s currently organized. Often during that time, I would pretend that Joel was sitting across the room and I’d mentally ask him what he’d do if he were me. Somehow the answer “he” gave me was the one I needed in order to move forward.

Q: What’s the best advice you were given about writing?

A: Even though this is my first book, I’ve always been writing something – short stories, how-to marketing or leadership advice. Whenever I was stuck, Joel, would say to me, “Just write the first sentence.” This combines two of my favorite pieces of advice for writers: Ernest Hemingway’s, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” And Annie Lamott’s, “bird by bird,” referring to a time when her young brother was struggling with a homework project about birds. In the title essay of her book, she writes, “Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’” 

In writing, of course, regardless of how you proceed, what matters is that you proceed.


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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Announcement



-- Announcement -- 


Did you know...


That Dave Brummet has started a new blog just for drummers and percussionists?

This is where you will find inspiring quotes for musicians, advice for managing gigs and travelling between them, help with technical issues, recommended resources to blow your mind, tips for music teachers, the business of music and much more. 


We also welcome submissions to this particular blog. If you have an article you'd like to share, would like to network with Dave, ask him to cover a topic, or any other communication simply email us (via website). 



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Friday, February 26, 2021

A note of appreciation





Thank you, everyone for your support over the years and hopefully for the future too :) We appreciate each and every one of you who have purchased products or drum repair / maintenance / tuning / teaching services, music, CD's or read one of our 6 books. And everyone who has supported us in other ways from spreading "word of mouth", those "thumbs up" and "likes", and all those "shares" and "comments" :)


#SmallBusinessEveryDay


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Common Solar Energy Questions

Top Solar Energy Questions 


* Written by solar expert Edmund Brunetti.


Investing in your home is something that many homeowners hesitate to do because they are not sure if it will be worth it in the long run. However, you should try not to hesitate on getting solar panels installed on the home, as this investment has been shown to pay off in full and offer even more additional benefits.

It can be a bit overwhelming at first as you go through all of the specifics of solar system solutions, such as the types of panels to choose, the company to work with, and where panels will be placed, but you can get through it all by doing research and asking questions. Once you've gathered more information, you'll be able to make the best decision for solar panels for home on Mornington Peninsula.

Q: How long does it take for solar panels to be installed?

In general, you will find that most home solar energy systems take anywhere from one to two days to install, though you will need to wait for up to a week for paperwork is turned in and permits are being verified and completed.

Q: Do I have to have solar panels placed on the roof of the home?

No, solar panels are not required to be on the roofs of homes. In some cases, you can get mounts put into the ground and also on carports, keeping your roof from being covered. They do, however, extend the lifetime of roofing that it covered, so you may consider roofing if it is a viable option for you.

Q: Does the type of roof I have make a difference?

They are able to be installed on numerous kinds of roofs, so your roof will likely not be an issue for home solar energy electricians. Whether the roof is metal or tiled, it can have them applied.

Q: Do solar panels still collect energy on cloudy days?

Your solar panels will still generate usable energy when it is cloudy outside, though they may not produce as much energy as they would on sunnier days. You may need to use a backup battery or adjust your energy consumption until energy production returns to normal.

Q: What happens if dirt starts to build up on my solar panel?

When it comes to solar panels for home, Mornington Peninsula residents have nothing to worry about if a bit of dust collects on the panels. Rain will wash most dust and dirt away naturally. It is recommended to have the panels washed yearly to remove bird droppings and grime, but for the most part you won't need to do much maintenance at all - your panels will function well even when left alone for a long while.


Knowing more about solar panels and their capabilities can make the decision to have panels installed a lot easier. Figure out the energy needs of your home by speaking with a solar electrician and learn more about what your options are when it comes to having solar energy systems installed on your 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Angle Hill Studio, Covid protocol



Just a quick note to let you know:



Our drum teaching studio (Angle Hill Studio - Creston, BC Canada) is now registered with both P.O.S.T. and C.H.I.P programs, certifying that we are following COVID protocol. 






We are very conscious of protocol: 

- Everyone is asked to wash their hands via the student bathroom; fresh towels are provided.

- We have a box of masks handy by the entrance door.

- Spacing appointments out allows us the time to clean common areas (switches, chairs, etc) between students.

- We also thoroughly clean the studio regularly.

- Workshops are kept to a small number to allow for spacing.

- Even the drums have washable covers to ensure clean surfaces.  


Family group workshops are welcome (ie 1 Adult + 2 kids @ 7 yrs is $40 / 1 hour); drums can be provided. 


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Monday, February 22, 2021

quote of the Day



Quote of the Day




" Nobody has ever measured, 

even poets, 

how much a heart can hold." 



~ Zelda Fitzgerald


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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Recommended Resources



 Recommended Resources


Friends of Algonquin Provincial Park - works to further existing educational and interpretive programs and steward projects for the park. 


Friends of Gatineau Park - provides support for the park's interpretation and research programs, fundraising and many other projects.


Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas inc -  a group that has a passion for sustainable protection and environmentally sound projects bettering the health of a 32t acre area in Saskatoon. 


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Friday, February 19, 2021

Finding the right Vendor

Finding The Perfect Vendor


* Today's article was contributed by Michael Vayner ...with some minor edits by blog owner, Lillian Brummet

Are you planning an event, maybe a wedding, or corporate party? Looking for vendors is so much more than just going to Google and looking up things like caterer, photographer, DJ, photo booth, etc. The vendor must fit your style to have a cohesive understanding. I have always tried to educate our clients or perspective clients on what to ask and look for in a vendor.

One of the first things I tell them is, ask the vendor if they are bonded and insured. Why is this important you ask? Its simple, the last thing you want to worry about is if a vendor damages something at the venue, you do not want to be the one that has to pay to cover the damages. A vendor should always carry liability insurance to protect the client, as well as themselves. If a vendor tells you they do have insurance ask them for their limits of coverage and if you book with them will they provide you with a copy of the policy. If they refuse to do so, then I would recommend moving on to a new vendor.

Next, I always tell the client to examine the vendors website, social media, and reviews. Websites and social media, are a great place to make sure what the vendor offers is a fit for you. It is also a great way to see the type of work they have done. Reviews are a little tricky, just because someone could just have a bad day and leave a bad review. Its a good thing to try and reach out to the person who leaves a bad review and ask them what exactly happened and if the company did anything to remedy the issue in a timely manner. Then ask someone who left a good review as to why they left a good review. Always get both good and bad.

Next, I let the client know its always good to ask the vendor if they are able to meet your needs in the time you need everything. Sometimes we are planning for things and the time frame is too short and the last thing you want is a vendor who cannot provide the services you are looking for in a short amount of time.

Finally, price. Price is a major factor in any decision we make on a daily basis. Do not be turned off because one vendor charges more for a service than someone else. It is OK to ask the vendor why they charge this price over another vendor who charges a lesser fee. Every vendor has their reason for what they charge, but you should ask them and understand. Take me for example, there are other competitors in my market that charge less for some services that I offer and I am OK with that. I know the value of the work I put in to make your experience unforgettable is worth every penny. Cheap is not quality work and quality work is not cheap.

Remember, do not be afraid to ask questions. A reputable vendor will always take the time to answer all your questions.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Quote of the Day



Quote of the Day 





"Does anyone else think to themselves 

that it's been a hell of a long week, 

only to realize it's Tuesday?


~  Keith Wynn


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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Photography Tips

Taking a Great Candid Photo 

*This article was written by: Shalini M.


It is a bit hard to click a good candid photo. It is not about the photograph alone, but also the emotions captured with it.
To make it clear, candid photo means photos that were genuinely unplanned and unposed. Like the photo of a group gathering, beach trips, family activities, etc.

Here I am assuming that you are shooting using a DSLR. Some of the tips and tricks can be applied to smartphones as well, but it would be best with a DSLR. So let's get started.

1. Aperture Modes

Most of the DSLR out there in the market have something called aperture modes. Use them for candid photographs. Manual modes are too slow to capture a candid photo.

2. Use a zoom lens instead of a prime lens

The problem with candid photography is that it is fast changing. Within minutes you can go from a group photo to a cake photograph to another group photo. You don't have time to change lenses. So it is better to use a zoom lens instead of a prime lens.

3. Make use of ambient light and not flash

In candid photography, the photo scene changes very frequently. Whenever this happens, you should try to measure the quality of the light and then expose the camera accordingly.

4. AI Servo AF

Most DSLR has two autofocus modes. One is called Single Point AF-S and is the most widely used model. The other mode is called AI Servo AF, which is best for candid photographs. Remember on Nikon this mode is called Continuous AF-C.

5. Click lots of Photos

In photography the most common reason behind bad photos is hesitation. Do not hesitate to click photos. One more photo could mean capturing the best moment of the occasion. Moreover, in the case of candid photography, you don't know when the best moment would occur. You should not wait for the "perfect" shot. Instead, create one.

6. Click photos in burst mode

You can try shooting in Burst mode on Nikon or Drive mode on Canon. These modes allow you to click photos after photos in regular interval. This makes sure you do not miss that one "perfect shot". Once you let go the button, the snaps are stopped. This feature is a boon for a photographer working in a high-action shooting. Try it once and thank me later.

7. Never put down your camera

I simply cannot tell you how important it is to hold the camera. In the interval of finding the camera, picking it up, exposing and composing it and then snapping the shot, the moment can be missed. A golden rule: "Always keep the camera in your hand".

8. Try to shoot in RAW Format

The JPG format is not for candid photography! If you are willing to post-process the photos, then you should use RAW format. This format contains much more information than a JPG format. Moreover, it is much easier to edit RAW than JPG.



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Saturday, February 13, 2021

From One Small Garden cookbook AVAILABLE TODAY !!!!


-- Announcement -- 


Friends... I am so very glad to announce that our cookbook (From One Small Garden) is now available !!!! Never be bored again with your menu plan - armed with the proper collection of recipes, you will be making food that is better than restaurant fare and much cheaper.




Make delicious and healthy meals at home with fresh fruits and vegetables from local sources. Whether from your own backyard garden or from a farmer’s market you are getting the best, freshest ingredients.

Just Perfect, for that last minute Valentines gift. 

Currently available at 




*We'll be doing updates to our website, blogs, social media, etc. soon to reflect this new addition to our published books.



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Friday, February 12, 2021

Recommended Resources



 Recommended Resources



Free Geek Toronto gathers and utilizes unwanted electronics and computer items, training volunteers via mentorship, in order to refurbish and resell electronic products and parts in their not-for-profit shop. 

...there's also a branch in south BC:

Free Geek Vancouver reduces waste by reusing and recycling donated technology - repairing what they can and offering reduced priced electronics, computers, phones and parts for the general public. 

Freedom Dog Rescue serves Ottawa and surrounding areas rescuing homeless and abandoned dogs, dogs from overwhelmed shelters and desperate owners who are forced to surrender their beloved pet. 


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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Eco - Event


Eco Event



The Kootenay Conservation Program has put together an inspiring playlist of 12 short videos called "For the Love of the Kootenays". 


How it will work is that you just need to register once, and first thing each morning we will send you an email with a link to a new video for you to watch with your morning coffee or beverage of choice to help jump-start your day in an inspiring way. 

We will be touring the Kootenays to learn how to report invasive species and monitor for swallows and bats, how to help with local water quality monitoring, how to support farmland conservation, and much more.

For the Love of the Kootenays will begin on February 10 and continue for 12 week days until February 26.



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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Mason Bees



Eco Event



Coming up on Saturday February 20th at 9 AM there is a free virtual event put on by the Columbia Land Trust - the topic 'beeing' (lol) how non-stinging native mason bees can be your yard's most effective pollinators. 

Register for the free event at: 


https://www.columbialandtrust.org/virtual-event-hosting-mason-bees


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Thursday, February 4, 2021

An Ode to Feb



Quote of the Day 


©BrummetMedia.ca




"Must, bid the Morn awake!

Sad Winter now declines,

Each bird doth choose a mate;

This day's Saint Valentine's.

For that good bishop's sake

Get up and let us see

What beauty it shall be

That Fortune us assigns."



~Michael Drayton


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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Irish Fairies


A Way With the Irish Fairies

* This article was written by Jennifer Derrig.


In Ireland, many folks still believe there are fairies, some good nurtured and some mischievous ones too. 

If you have ever traveled at night on the winding Irish back roads in the countryside of Ireland, you would know it is a kind of eerie darkness that puts fear in your very heart. One can easily imagine something moving over the moors or hearing the forlorn screech of a dammed fairy.

As a child in Ireland you are warned to not play inside a fairy fort because the fairies don't like it and might curse you or worse, they might fancy you. Fairy forts are mounds or hills found all over Ireland. They are the ruins of circular mound dwellings in which people lived during the Iron Age such as Newgrange.

Irish folklore speak about the so called lone bushes. These lone bushes or trees are the supposed gathering places of the Irish Fairies. In Ireland, its believed fairy trees are the sacred grounds for the sídhe, the people of the mounds.

Sídhe is the Gaelic term for a burial mound and in Ireland; it is commonly used to refer to Faeries. You will often hear folks refernce the phrase 'daoine sidhe' (pronounced deenee shee) meaning faerie folk mentioned in these parts.

Ireland's fairies are believed to be the Tuatha de Danann, one of the first ancient tribes to arrive in Ireland. It is said they were a magical and secretive people. They loved beautiful Ireland so much they decided to use their magic to shrink themselves and live underground. It is why various folklore traditions refer to fairies as wee folk.

'Away with the fairies' is an old Irish expression referring to someone whose mind is elsewhere. It originated with the belief in the folklore that mischievous fairies steal souls and carry children off to the underworld, leaving Changelings in their place.

A Changeling is a creature thought to be the offspring of a fairy that has been secretly left in the place of a human child. It is thought that fairies often fancy mortals and steal their pretty children. They carry the babies away leaving behind a Changeling, an ailing fairy child, or a log of wood so bewitched that they seems to be a mortal pining away in bewilderment.

Thankfully there are measures to ward off any malevolent fairies such as wearing your clothing inside out. Alternatively, attach bells where you can as the little beings don't like them.

There is an old Irish folklore that warns of fairies and goblins that try to collect as many souls as they can during the Halloween season. Folklore says if you throw the dust from under your feet at the faerie, the they would be obliged to release any souls that they held captive.


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Monday, February 1, 2021

Recommended Resources



 Recommended Resources



Forest Ontario hosts ambitious tree planting initiatives (millions annually), education programs and community outreach.


Eco-Ethonomics offers consultation and strategic direction services for a variety of projects, based on values for a sustainable future.


Fredericton SPCA - provides proactive education and outreach services for animal guardianship, providing temporary shelter, care and adoption for animals in need. 



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