I believe what we love is who we are.
I love stories and songs, poems and laughter. I love teaching and learning. I love growth and goodness. I love apples, fountain pens, amber lamplight, walking tours, and the Sea. I’m wild about evening light in pine trees. I’m devoted to Irish language and folklore. I adore people in all their beautiful quirk. And I’m pretty much besotted with this intimate, bewildering, beloved world.
Living a Bardic Life
I believe that when we sing, tell stories, craft poetry, make music, art, jokes, light in the darkness – we create a world of warmth, connection, meaning, joy, and hope.
I love helping to create that world. I joyfully do my part by singing, playing harp & piano, making poems, telling stories, teaching, writing, performing, recording, and offering welcome, festivity, and a touch of enchantment.
I earned a PhD in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard because I am in love with Irish stories, songs, language, and folklore. I teach and engage in scholarship because these things continue to enliven and delight me. I perform original and traditional songs and tales because sharing what I love brings me the keenest joy. I keep creating because the world keeps inspiring me and I feel called to respond.
In the past, when people asked me, “What are you, really?” I felt forced to choose between my scholarship and teaching on the one hand, and my music, poetry, and creating on the other.
These days, I see the wholeness in what I’ve done and what I’ve loved.
These days, I think of myself as a Bard – a descendant of those early Irish poet/storyteller/magicians.
Like them, I bring everything I love and everything I learn to everything I do.
Turns out, we don’t have to choose. Turns out, it all has a place.