Website Updates

Some big updates to share with everyone today!  I spent Saturday and this afternoon on the website and I’m excited to report the following changes/additions:

  • After the “Home” link, all other links have been alphabetized.
  • The “About” page consists of two links – one to a FAQ and another to the Story of the Grove.
  • The “Archives” page has been changed.  Links are alphabetical.  I changed some categories.  There’s a yet to be made section for articles and the book club.  The “Chants” and “DP” page have been changed to match the main pages.  I moved “Artisans, Bards, Folk of the Grove, and Warriors” to a “People of Muin Mound Grove” section.  Also there is a yet to be made “Druid Scouts.”  I have to tweak the layout a bit.  There are some minute things annoying me…  I also left room for future additions.
  • I added our social event to the calendar.
  • A new page, “Services” has been added including information about weddings and sainings.  I included a couple photos from my wedding featuring the altar and Skip.  I’ve asked Parallax if she is willing to share a photo from her wedding as well.  If anyone else has a photo of their wedding/handfasting or saining (done by Skip or at the Grove), please send them my way!  I mentioned funerals but I don’t know what to say about those.  This page will be a work in progress, of course.  I look to the rest of you for help in fleshing it out.  I thought it was important for newcomers to see what we can offer in terms of major life events.
  • I’ve saved the best for last – The CafePress link!  Skip sent me the shop he made and you can now access it from our website!   Skip also informed me that $3 of every purchase goes towards Muin Mound Grove.  There are SO many things to buy including organic tees, a tank top, onesies, magnets, totes, sweatshirts, and dog bowls.
Once more, I’d like to request artisans, bards, and warriors to send any examples of their work.  At the moment, I have links to my ADF consignment page and my Deviant Art page, as well as Phoenix’s ADF consignment page.  I know Willow won an award at the Wellspring Artisan competition but I can’t remember the name of the piece or the category.  I have a few honors mentioned under “Bards” but I don’t have any examples.  If you’d like to send in some poetry or music, please do!
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Book Club Question

Most of you know that we’ve been reading Bard the Odyssey of the Irish by Morgan Llywelyn.  As planned, we discussed the first twelve chapters at our Beltaine meeting.  We had scheduled our discussion of chapters thirteen through twenty-four for our Summer Solstice meeting, but an emergency put it on hold.  I suggested moving our second discussion to the blog.  Now I’m wondering if those participating would like to finish discussing the book here.  Let me know what you think.  If you haven’t shared your thoughts on the beginning of the book, feel free to add those thoughts to this thread.

Our last discussion of the book includeded:

  • the role women play in Celtic societies and their strength
  • the role of the bard, warrior, and sacrificer
  • the complicated character of Colptha
  • brief thoughts on the portrayal of the Tuatha de Danann
I will post some questions about the next section shortly.  I look forward to more discussions!

Website Updates and Project Ideas

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been tweaking the Muin Mound Website.  If you are looking for information on the Folk of the Grove, rituals, chants, or photos, those are now under the “Into the Grove” link which is on the menu.  I’ve also included a section on the Dedicant Program with some basic information.  Jen and I have been talking about how the Grove could honor those who have completed their DPs.  I think it is important to recognize such accomplishments on our website.  Right now, I haven’t added any names because I want to make sure I have up-to-date information.

I also added a section under “Into the Grove” for our artists, bards, and warriors.  If you associate yourself with any of those titles, please reply to this post with some ideas!  I would love photos/scans of artwork, poems, and chants.  If you consider yourself a warrior, tell me why!  What sort of physical hobbies do you have?  Have you won any awards?  Do you have a photo of yourself from a competition or fishing/hunting trip?  Are you in the army?  Let us know!  We want to celebrate you!

Some other ideas for the site I have include: a hearth and home page with recipes and natural cleaning/healing remedies submitted by members; member altars; a book club; a seed exchange.  Do any of these sound interesting to you?  Let me know!