A Nova Scotia Gaelic Milling Frolic

A Nova Scotia Gaelic Milling Frolic

Ever since I wrote a blog post on the “Top Ten Differences between Gaelic in Nova Scotia and Scotland” I’ve been wanting to write a longer post about milling frolics. I gave a brief description of milling frolics in the previous blog post: A milling frolic is a social...
A Gaelic Nativity Play

A Gaelic Nativity Play

I love the controlled chaos of a children’s Christmas pageant. Nothing ever goes exactly how it’s supposed to, but it’s always hilarious and heart-warming. In 2011 I wrote a Gaelic nativity play for Gaelic learners. I was motivated by the desire to integrate more...
Poppies and Gaelic

Poppies and Gaelic

When I lived in the U.S., I noticed that a few people would wear poppies for Veterans Day on November 11. But I never did, and my daughter was too young to notice. In Canada, however, November 11 is called Remembrance Day and many people wear poppies before and on the...
The Gaelic for Wendy

The Gaelic for Wendy

This blog post is co-authored by my friend and colleague Antone Minard. Dr. Minard is a folklorist specializing in Welsh and Breton language and tradition. On a previous blog post about Gaelic tattoos, a reader recently made a translation request comment: “hi i want...
The Gaelic Family?

The Gaelic Family?

As I write this, it’s World Communion Sunday. My church, the United Church of Canada, observes this ecumenical celebration which originated with a Presbyterian church in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania, USA. How does this relate to Gaelic? Bear with me. The Bible reading and...