Friday, March 31, 2006

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Yeah, it's obvious why the Buffster is my all-time favourite television show, even topping Star Trek. I can relate to a small blonde who fights demons. And I agree with what Charles de Lint says in Waifs and Strays, that Joss Whedon is a genius.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Another Demon Down

I’m making great progress with my new meditation regimen thanks to Jack Kornfield’s book A Path With Heart. Buddhist spirituality is truly akin to modern psychology, e.g. wrestling with demons equals dealing with painful patterns. Naming the demon is a huge step towards banishing it and even vanquishing it. Today, I got a big one. I was trying to figure out what to call it when a phrase of my poet friend, Frank Golden, came to mind. The minute I said to myself "it’s the demon of The Appalling Vista" – and burst out laughing – I knew I had it. This, of course, refers to that dreadful cataract which can coat the eye and make you view your entire life – past, present, and future – with such cruel and devastating judgment that there is nothing in sight but a bleak wasteland. Awful. A poisoned whisper in the mind. A killing lie. A demon.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Away with the Fairies II

Took the day off to read Herbie Brennan's Faerie Wars and then went straight into the second book, The Purple Emperor. Absolutely loved them. Once I had adjusted to the fact that his view of Faerie is utterly different from mine, I was enthralled. Wonderful characters, tremendous suspense, magical twists and turns, creepy villains, and great humour. I love old Mr Fogarty, Princess Holly Blue, and the Forest Faeries the best. Would highly recommend these books if you haven't read them. Now I must return to reality and to work -- tomorrow.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Bookmark Up Again

The book blog is back up again thanks to my webmaster, Piers. He republished the lot. Go raibh míle maith agat, a Piers! If things get dodgy again, I may have to host these blogs on my site. But let's see what happens. Meanwhile, though I will be thoroughly engrossed this weekend with Maya Lila authentic movement workshops -- see --I hope to post the general outline of my American reading tour, June 5-25, on the book blog by Sunday.

Lost Blogsite

Still no sign of Bookmark blog and no word from I may have to republish the full site. (Stay tuned.) Meanwhile, I am slowly but surely getting to grips with the new version of The Light-Bearer's Daughter. It will be about twice the size of the original. It's like wrestling with an angel. Somedays, a demon.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bookmark Blog Astray

Sorry, folks, my book blog seems to have run away with the fairies. I've notified who will, I hope, find it. Meanwhile, try clearing your browser and refreshing (do I know what this means?!) and see if it appears. Do let me know if it does.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Path With a Heart

Here's a 2,500 year old mantra I got from Jack Kornfield's book (another light in the dark):

May I be filled with loving kindness,
May I be well,
May I be peaceful and at ease,
May I be happy.

You say it constantly, as often as you remember, for a month. Just for yourself. After that, you say it for those you love and eventually, those you don't. After that, you say it for the world.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duibh!

Ar an taobh cúil d'fhocail
Tá a mhacasamhail de shaol.
(from Cathal O Searcaigh's "Taobh Thiar")

In between the words
Glints a reflection of the world.
(My translation, with apologies to the poet)

Note: there was supposed to be a gorgeous pic of Ireland here but it seems the fairies jinxed today!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Darest thou now, O soul

Walk out with me toward the unknown regions,
Where neither ground is for the feet nor any path to follow?
(Walt Whitman)

Monday, March 13, 2006

A Doctor in the World

Been fighting with shadows lately as "I wake to the fell of dark, not day." So I listen to Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Suite and read Dr Hollis's Swamplands of the Soul (Inner City Books, Toronto). A former English professor turned Jungian therapist, Dr Hollis writes like an angel – a dear, kind, helpful angel. His books are full of poetry and encouragement and inspiration. He doesn’t offer quick fixes. He insists it is up to us to save ourselves. But like a horse whisperer, he says beautiful things to calm a troubled mind, to ease the way. He speaks of "the heartbreaking journey that is life" and being "alone on the high seas of the soul," and how, in a universe of exiles, we may meet each other upon the road and, for a time, feel at home.

Saturday, March 11, 2006


No blogging for a week as I was away at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan, my heart’s home for many a year now. This is the view I gazed at as I worked at my desk each day. (More on Bookmark blog.) Got lots of work done, made some new friends, walked miles through the drumlins and around the lake, ate far too many desserts – Lavinia, the chef, is an artist with food - dealt with old memories, discovered angels. All in all, time well spent.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sony Rotters

I know. I know. But there's a happy end to the story. Before I threw out the blasted CMT-EX5, I decided to go online and see if anyone else had a problem with it. Lo and behold, mirabile dictu, didn't I find Todd, the man, the computer fix-it man. And there in full colour, he showed how to fix a broken CMT-EX5! Nothing complicated, just one big fat design flaw. (Sony cannot NOT know about this. The machines must be breaking down all over the world. Todd is in the USA). The metal plate at the back of the loader comes loose and either pushes your CD too far forward to be read; or you could be loading your disc behind the plate, again where it can't be read. Just get the cover off, don't be afraid, and press the plate back into place. (I'm considering a bit of superglue if it comes out again.) Here are the proper instructions: