Auld Lang Syne
by James A. McQuiston, FSAScot Editor/Publisher
Year after year we hear the words "Auld Lang Syne" spoken or usually sung at the end of the old and the beginning of the new. As with many old Scottish and Irish sayings, these words are filled with a poetic and yet simply point.
The expression has no direct English translation. As close as we might come would be, "For Old Time's Sake." However, there is a deeper meaning, that of an expression of the feeling we have when we see someone again, after even a long separation, and we pickup right where we were as if time had no power over our friendship.
We've all had this feeling, and we know then that this friendship is a real friendship.
As we've waded these last few months through the havoc that was meeted upon us by someone not so interested in our success, we have taken the lemon and turned it into lemonade. And we are glad to see some of our Auld Lang Syne frineds have joined us!
By posting new articles, and reposting older articles directly to this web site, versus a pdf format, we are creating a massive searchable library of Celtic culture. Meanwhile, our Facebook is still in recovery, but showing signs of improvement.
The porcess has been a little slow since I have been writing two books on the Oak Island mystery this year, along with publishing another shorter work early in the year. (For those interested, these book titles are Oak Island 1632 (my recommendation), Oak Island Missing Links (also packed full of good info), and Patrick's Run, my first historical fiction about a real life hero of the War of 1812, and ultimately of the anti-death penalty community, being executed for a crime he didn't commit, while deaf, aging, and living a subsistence-level existence.
With these book out of the way and winter setting in, perhaps I'll get the lion's share of this project finished. In the meantime, we hope to see more articles arrive from our long-time writers.
I have posted a new link under the New Stuff! tab, which will become a series on Celtic music, and which I have called "Roots and Rhthyms." I have just posted my second column in this series.
Also, we brought back Pollyanna Jones' story about the Blarney Stone, under "Blasts" tab, and we've added the Drummond family story to our "Surnames" tab.
Also, you may have notice that I've added the typical Social Media icons for emailing us and for getting to our Facebook page. They are at the right just below the search window. Replacing the Facebook tab across the top of the page will be an entirely new category helping the reader access what the experts have to say. In a few cases, we've had what might be considered the world's expert on subjects. In others, we've had substantial scientific professionals providing some amazing information. I've decided they need their own tab. Watch for additions here as time allows.
Just recently, we've added a story under New Stuff! about a new Rock Opera called EXCALIBUR VI, with music by members of several bands you will instantly recognize, from Jethro Tull to Clannad, from Uriah Heep to Supertramp, all wrapped up in a Celtic musical drama. We've posted a sample of one of their songs on our Free Music tab. You need to listen to the whole album for a Celtic-Rock Journey unmatched.
Meanwhile, check out New Stuff! and Blasts From The Past for lots of good reading. And don't forget all the other great music we have under the Free Music tab, and stories about specific Celtic names under the Surnames tab.
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Recieved this notice from the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and we have recently posted a complete article on this library and its special project, under New Stuff!:
Since 1968 the Linen Hall Library has been collecting material relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Over the years the Library has become the repository for a vast amount of material relating to the subject and the subsequent Peace Process.
The collection now consists of over 350,000 items including books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, manifestos, press releases, newspapers, objects and many thousands of periodicals. It is a completely unique collection that is unrivalled throughout the world. Much of this material is currently being digitised and catalogued for the ‘Divided Society’ digital archive.
This resource will give unique exposure to a historically significant period in Northern Ireland.
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Recieved this note from my friends at the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade:
New York, NY, November 27, 2017 - The St. Patrick's Day Parade Board of Directors and the Parade Affiliate Organizations have announced 13 distinguished Irish-Americans who will serve as Aides to Grand Marshal Loretta Brennan Glucksman for the 2018 parade.
Aides to the Grand Marshal are chosen annually by the Parade's participating organizations in recognition of their outstanding service to the Irish-American Community of New York. The selection of an Aide is acknowledgement of years of unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the New York and Irish communities and for their contribution to Irish faith, culture and heritage.
"The Board of Directors thanks the affiliate organizations for presenting us with such a dedicated and distinguished group of dedicated Irish Americans," said Board Chairman John Lahey. "They will join our Grand Marshal, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, in leading us past St. Patrick's Cathedral and up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, March 17."
The Aides to the Grand Marshal for the 2018
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade are:
New York County - Patrick McGettrick
Queen's County - Virginia Carson Minardi
Bronx County - John Timoney
Kings County - Jerry McCabe
Westchester County - Allison Burke
Rockland County - Jim Russell
Nassau County - Richard O'Neill
Orange County - Keith Reynolds
Richmond County - Marty Crimmins
Suffolk County - Eugene Wynne
United Irish Counties - Katie Barrett
Grand Council of Emerald Societies - Kathleen Cashin
Knights of St. Patrick - Robert Pederson
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Finally, this note is from my friend Alasdair Fraser and his partner in music, Natalie Hass:
It's Winter!! That was fast... it seems as if the season of fiddle camps and summer dresses was only yesterday! About to wrap up our 2017 with some shows in California, then we go our separate ways until the 10th edition of our Whidbey Island workshop in January 2018, followed by our yearly pilgrimage to Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Thanks for a great year folks...much more to come in the new year! Happy holidays from Alasdair & Natalie! Check out our store page at http://www.culburnie.com/shop/page7.html, for holiday gift ideas for the string player in your family. :)
Alasdair & Natalie
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