No Retreat, No Surrender

Jan 26, 2014 by

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“Where you recognize evil, speak out against it, and give no truces to your enemies.”
— Old Norse proverb, from the Hávamál, st. 127

These words of Viking wisdom are from the High One, Odin (Wotan), but they speak a truth our Celtic ancestors would also have known and respected.  When your lands are continually invaded by those who seek to rule you, there can be no peace except when it is won at the point of a sword.

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An Irish Proverb

Jan 5, 2014 by

A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.    Irish Proverb

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Being “house proud”, as my grandmother used to say, makes you look important, but does little to feed hungry bellies.

~The image is of a small stone cottage in County Mayo, Ireland,  photographed by me on a cold, sunny day in May, 2013.  I was intrigued by the pots of geraniums in the window, placed there by someone, even though the home was abandoned and the roof was gone.  It seemed to me to be symbolic of the will of the Irish people to survive and thrive, in spite of all the hardships and tragedies brought to their doorsteps throughout the centuries.

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Feb 13, 2013 by

Life is too important to be taken seriously—Oscar Wilde

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