Support for Standing Rock

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, News | Posted on 17-11-2016

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My friends down at the Mountain Ancestors ADF Grove are actively supporting our brothers and sisters who are defending Standing Rock. The folks up there need chainsaws: their Elders up there are getting cold and they can’t process the firewood fast enough with the tools they have. Now, we need to get winter clothes and winter lodgings together, as the cold descends.

Please consider making a donation to help them keep the Standing Rock Elders safe!

Here’s what this ADF Grove posted recently on their Facebook page:

Greetings, All! This is a #CallToAction with #FreeStuff for you!

As many of you know, our Casey McCarthy is heading to Standing Rock to bring some much-needed winter supplies to the Water Protectors. They are in need of supplies for the winter, and we need your help to get them!

Fellow ADF-member and celebrated Storyteller JD Hobbes is offering a free download of his album, a collection sure to entertain story-lovers of all ages, for all donations over $50. Click on his name for more information and some cool video clips.

Make your donation at MountainAncestors.org under Services.

Join us in supporting the Water Protectors during this time of unrest and uncertainty. #WaterIsLife

I am proud to support this cause and I hope you will join me. It is up to us to decide how this story will be told to future generations.

The Beacon on the Hill

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Personal | Posted on 09-11-2016

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In the aftermath of the 2016 American Presidential election, Canada needs to be the strong, united nation now. The world will be looking to us for strength, for guidance, for leadership. We need to be The Beacon on the Hill.

Our leaders need to be strong and hold true to Canadian values. They need to protect us and to inspire us, and in turn, we need to support our country and keep it on the right path.

We the people also need to be strong. We need to not give in to fear or hatred or intolerance. It is 15+ years of fear, hatred, and intolerance that have led to this moment.

As Canadians, we need to rise above these base emotions and work towards better solutions. We need to let compassion guide us, rather than letting fear control us. We need to consider our second impulse rather than acting blindly on our first impulse.

This is Canada’s moment to shine, to provide the example, and to offer shelter and compassion to those who need it. We have a long history of doing that and we cannot afford to be less now.

We need to be more. We can be more. We will be more.

Copyright 2016 © John David Hickey

Naps with the Buddha (a Chinese folktale)

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 03-11-2016

Once upon a time, there was a teacher who was a Buddhist monk. His great joy in this life was to have a snack and a nap afterwards. Before every lesson, he ate so much that he could barely move.

Soon after the beginning of the lessons, he always took a nap and slept until the bell for the end of the lessons sounded.

Lee was the son of a poor villager and was a student in the same school. One daty, Lee asked the monk:

“Teacher, may I ask you why do you sleep in all our lessons?”

“My friend,” replied the monk without any embarrassment, “It just seems that way. During these minutes, I meet with Buddha and listen to His wise words. That’s why I try to sleep as much as I can.”

At one time, Lee took care of his sick father during the night and fell asleep at school in the morning. He slept so deeply that he didn’t even hear the bell, which woke the monk.

When the monk saw the sleeping boy, he angrily took Lee by the ear and started screaming:

“Ah, you, little weasel! How dare you fall asleep in my class?”

“Teacher,” said Lee, “It just seemed that I slept. I was with Buddha and listened to His wise words.”

“And what did the all-powerful Buddha said to you?” snarled the monk.

Lee replied, “The all-powerful Buddha told me: ‘Never in my life have I seen your teacher.’ “

The Happy Miller: a Devil Story

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Story | Posted on 01-11-2016

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I went to a Lakes of Canada show recently in Montreal and they had a new album for download from their Bandcamp page. It prompted me to rediscover Bandcamp, so I decided to experiment and put up a new story there for download. Have a listen!

WHY DO PEOPLE SHOUT WHEN ANGRY ????

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Poetry, Story | Posted on 19-08-2016

A Hindu saint who was visiting the river Ganges to take a bath and found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled, and asked.

‘Why do people in anger, shout at each other?’

The Disciples thought for a while, and one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout.’

‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.

Finally the saint explained, .

‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’

The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper as they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

He looked at his disciples and said.
‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.

Dear Dad

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Personal | Posted on 19-07-2016

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Dear Dad,
 
It was 9 years ago today that you closed the workshop for the last time and moved on past the Veil. 9 years! Someone was asking me about you just the other day and I said “He passed just a couple of years ago… No wait… It’s been almost 10 years!” Amazing.
 
In some ways, I’ve had lots of change in my life, some good, some bad, and some things have made me stronger, ever-striving to be a better man. Some things have not changed at all, but I’m happy to say that those aspects of my life are what make me happy.
 
You and I were very different people, but it’s also easy to see that I was your son. You created beauty with your hands, while I used my voice. We are both loners at heart, but we loved the company of good people. If we saw a need, we responded immediately and do what we could to meet that need. You taught me that lesson and I’m forever grateful to live by your example.
 
You were loved by all who knew you. I knew it back then, but I see it now too when your old friends see your face in mine: their expression softens, and smiles are spiced with nostalgic tears.
 
Today, I want you to know that I’m living a good life. This past weekend, I had a bad fall, but I was immediately supported by friends and loved ones, new and old. They made sure I was safe, held my hand, soothed my fears, and told me to shut up and let them take care of everything.
 
Friends, family, love, and community. That’s what you taught me Dad, this is your legacy and I’m living it. I love you, and although those were not words we said to each other often, it was a sentiment that flowed unabated not only between us, but through us, and outward to make this world better.
 
Rest well. I’ll be thinking of you today.
 
Your son,
David

Bedtime Stories, Live Feed

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Recordings | Posted on 13-07-2016

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Facebook has this feature called a Live Video which basically streams video out from your phone as you are recording it, then saves the video on your time line. It’s a pretty neat feature because anyone can tune into it and leave comments and likes and such.

Unfortunately, I cannot embed the video here, but if you’re on Facebook, you should be able to see the videos play.

Bedtime Stories v1 (the story actually begins at the 7:20 mark)

Bedtime Stories v2 (the story actually begins at the 3:00 mark)

ASMR experiment

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Story | Posted on 04-07-2016

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I tell my first story that should trigger an ASMR experience. Let’s see what happens!

For those who don’t know, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it refers to a phenomenon which is experienced through a relaxing tingling in the scalp and the back of the neck and can extend into the rest of the body.

One of the ways to trigger this is to speak softly, hence the whispered story.

Epic Summer Plans

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 12-04-2016

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I don’t know what’s going on. Normally, summer is the quiet time for storytelling, but 2016 is turning out to be super busy! I’ve already got a dozen shows scheduled, so I’m going to post them here just to keep reminding myself that this isn’t a dream!

  • DONE — April 27th: Blood and Bones (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • DONE — May 4th (my birthday!): Voix de Ville (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • DONE — May 7th, 4pm: PorchFest (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • CANCELLED — June 18th, 6pm: Mythic Invasion of London with Professor Taelstrum (London, Ontario) — Facebook event
  • July 8th, 9th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 5th, 6th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 12th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 26th, 27th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • September 23rd-25th: Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition (Niagara, Ontario)

Blood and Bones: Poetry and Story

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 07-04-2016

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Join us for an evening of spoken word that flows the blood and stacks the bones. Featuring poet Natasha Clery and storyteller JD “Hobbes” Hickey and invited guests.

Blood and Bones
April 27th 2016 (Wednesday), 6pm – 9:00pm
Mariposa le Café
5434 Cote St-Luc rd.
Montreal, Quebec
Cover: $10
Facebook Event

Trigger Warning: there will be adult content. This show is not appropriate for children. Long term, the erotic content of this show may produce children.