Saturday, September 22, 2012
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
My alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, puts out an amazing, award-winning alumni magazine entitled Notre Dame Magazine. And appearing in the current Spring 2011 issue is a nice story about our RuneWarriors trilogy of books and how they got to be published. We'd like to give a tip o' the Irish tam-o-shanter to Carol Schaal of N. D. Magazine for the nice piece she wrote and encourage you to check it out. She did a great job of helping us to share out thoughts on our roller-coaster ride as screenwriters in the movie business and the creative satisfactions of writing fiction!
In fact, bookmark the online edition of the magazine and check it out regularly. There are some really thought-provoking pieces of cutting edge journalism there -- on everything from politics to ethics to art and culture -- and interesting pieces on things that are happening on campus that will keep you current with all things Irish. A big hello to all our friends in the Notre Dame community and we hope things in South Bend are warming up for you at last this April spring day.
To READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE:
Thursday, March 17, 2011
A fascinating piece in LivingScotsman.com reveals that ten centuries later there is much evidence to prove that the Viking invaders that conquered and settled various parts of Northern Scotland, especially the Orkney Islands and other Western Isles, still live on in the DNA of modern day Scotsmen. And, interestingly, the Scottish clan -- or family -- names of today are visible relics reminding us of the Viking men and women of yore who once populated the Scottish lands, bringing their language, culture and customs to that foreign shore. For instance, the popular clan name of MacIvor originally meant "the sons of Ivor," the name MacSween "the sons of Swein," the name Macaulay "the sons of Olaf," and MacAskill "the sons of Asgeir" and so on. In any reading of Old Norse texts, be it the Eddas or the Viking Sagas written in the Twelfth Century, the names Ivor, Swein, Asgeir and especially Olaf are found to be extremely common.
Just another small example of how pieces of the past still cling to us today in ways both trivial and profound.
To read the whole article, CLICK HERE: http://living.scotsman.com/features/Scotland39s-DNA-Who-do-you.6727434.jp
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
From the "Viking Archaeology Blog:"
New archaeological findings suggest that the Vikings considered Stone Age objects to have magical qualities, and that such “antiques” were more important in Viking culture than previously understood.
The Vikings buried this ship, the "Oseberg," in a grave south of Oslo. New discoveries indicate they also buried other items, with a purpose.
Examinations of around 10 Viking graves found in Rogaland, southwest Norway, revealed Stone Age items, such as weapons, amulets and tools. Olle Hemdorff of the Archaelogical Museum in Stavanger told newspaper Aftenposten that he believes the items were buried so that “they would protect and bring luck to the dead in the after-life.”
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Thanks to the Viking Archaeology Blog for permission to reprint this article.
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