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I Found a Monk on the Sea Glass Beach at Lindisfarne

The Rainbow Arch

I found a small pottery shard that looked like a monk on a sea glass beach at Lindisfarne last month – and I imagined that it was an image of St. Aidan – one of the patron saints of Lindisfarne, and the founder of the first monastic community there. Lindisfarne – […]

 
 

Happy birthday, Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company

Happy birthday, Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company

Happy birthday, Sylvia Beach, founder of Shakespeare & Company created a place for writers at a time when talented – though often needy literary artists came together in Paris searching for support, encouragement, and new opportunities. Shakespeare and Company – on the Left Bank   Sylvia Beach – born in […]

 
 

Visual Poetry on Achill Island – Ireland

Artist, Francis Van Maele, owner of Redfoxpress on Achill Island

    The Visual Poet on Achill Island Francis Van Maele is an artist on Achill Island who makes visual poetry books with his partner, Antic Ham. Their gallery is at the edge of the island overlooking sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. His art is unusual and unexpected. He […]

 
 

Wounded Knee – Should You Visit?

Wounded Knee – Should You Visit?

  For those, like me, who like to travel to feed the mind, body and the spirit, a trip to Wounded Knee will feed your spirit and mind, but it’s liable to break your heart. Reading about it is difficult enough, but standing in the presence of the mass grave […]

 
 

10 Things You Must Do in Dingle

St. Senan's Church - Kilshannig

What is there to do in Dingle?  Too many things to count. This post only lists 10 things, but one could easily find 50 to 100 things to do in Dingle – a peninsula off the south-west coast of Ireland.  It’s a bit out of the way and often missed by […]

 
 

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne – a place of Resurrection

Lindisfarne Castle - Northumbria UK

The holy island of Lindisfarne in upper west corner of England is destination that will feed the pilgrim’s soul.  No one knows how it got its name and the history of this little two by three mile tidal island occupying about 1000 acres is a mystery prior to the seventh […]

 
 

Inis Oírr – Aran Islands Little Sister

Inis Oírr – Aran Islands Little Sister

There are three Aran Islands and the smallest – the little sister of Aran – is Inis Oírr (pronounced Inish Sheer).  The name means “island of the east”  and it is the most easterly of the three. It is not as popular as the largest island, Inis Mor – but […]

 
 

Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge – A Reason to Visit the Shore in the Winter

Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge – A Reason to Visit the Shore in the Winter

What do you do in the winter in an area touted as a warm weather destination?  Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall, Maryland has more notoriety as winter destination than summer, even though it’s a 2285 acre island in a region known for fishing, boating, crabbing, canoeing and […]

 
 

Drawn to the Mystery of Ireland’s Stone Circles

Cashelkeelty Stone Circle - Beara Peninsula

  Ireland has hundreds of stone circles scattered across its landscape. Some are nearly in tact, some have been carefully rebuilt, while most have just a few stones left – making them fragments of their former glorious selves. Most of these circles have been standing in place for 3000 to […]

 
 

Bear Lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains – Step into a Higher Existence

Bear Lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains – Step into a Higher Existence

  Bear Lake sits at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. It was formed by ice-age glaciers and is surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The staff at Rocky Mountain National Park have built an easy trail that circles the lake and has […]

 
 

Newgrange Passage Tomb – Spirals, Light and Stone

Newgrange Passage Tomb – Spirals, Light and Stone

    Newgrange passage tomb in the Boyne Valley – County Meath, Ireland is the oldest, fully in-tact building in Ireland, and probably in western Europe. According to Mary Gibbons who offers excellent tours of Newgrange, the tomb dates back 5000 years, predating the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge and all […]

 
 

Croagh Patrick – the Holy Mountain

Croagh Patrick – the Holy Mountain

  Croagh Patrick is one of the “must see” destinations in Ireland and has been known as a “thin place” or site of sacred power for thousands of years. Plan to spend at least half a day. The mountain that dominates the landscape in Westport, Achill, and Murrisk, is also […]

 
 
 
 
 

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