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Gertie

The insistent ring tone broke through, put my sleep back on suspend. Josephine, there, with the phone to her ear hearing words I couldn’t comprehend. “I’m going down to the hospital,” she said, in a way that left no doubt. … Continue reading

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Christmas and What We Leave Behind

How it is that such seemingly small events can take root and blossom at precisely the right moments! What seems so offhand, so casual can, in the end, lead you so far along the path you need to travel! Some … Continue reading

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What to do with an Old Salt Beef Bucket? Sweet Sufferin’!

All week the CBC morning show has been running a contest on what to do with old salt beef buckets. All I could think was <<bleep>>. Now, don’t get me wrong, those 3 to 5 gallon plastic pails are great … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 6–Dublin; Paul and Carly’s Soundtrack

Live in the moment! Many, such as fellow Canadian Eckhart Tolle, remind us that our tendency to dwell too much either in the past or the future is to our detriment, depriving us of the one thing in our lives … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 5–Galway, A Different Dance

There’s a comfort in ritual, regardless of the origin. Perhaps it’s the way you fix your morning coffee or maybe it’s in the community-wide response to the death of one of its members.  We can’t afford the cognitive effort to … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 4–Cork and Memory, part 3

All our moments are filled with such richness; a wealth that can constantly tapped into; a means for transformation. The senses, should we choose to acknowledge them, surround us with fragments from the current place and time in which we … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 4–Cork and Memory, part 2

Drawbridge Street—the birthplace of my Mom. Though she’d been raised in Dublin she’d lived the first three years of her life there, with her birth parents, brothers and sisters. Her oldest brother, Johnnie, who had never really gotten along with … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 4–Cork and Memory, part 1

We don’t always realize the extent to which time alters our memories. That which seems so vividly remembered may or may not be an accurate reflection of fact. We all have a wonderful capacity for distilling meaning from the events … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 3–Carlow. Carlow!?? …and Kilkenny

“Carlow!??” The taxi driver was incredulous, “why the feck (yes, that’s with an “e”) would you be going there?” We all laughed. Not only are taxi drivers the best source for down to earth tourist information but also they can … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 2–Visit to Abbeyfield, part 2

We’d stepped off the DART at Killester station, on the way to Howth. I’d wanted to make this stop, more than any other. The station—almost exactly as I’d remembered it from around 40 years ago, only the electronic ticket booths … Continue reading

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