Category Archives: Ireland

Home at Last, Part II

Last week’s post described a horrid summer in Texas, worry over the gas wells going in behind my house, my escape to Ireland and homesickness. As ready as I was to return home, a phone call toward the end of … Continue reading

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Home at Last, Part I

I left Texas for Ireland last summer with a great deal of trepidation concerning the future. All spring, the West had been on fire, and I could see smoke from wildfires burning just an hour west of my home in … Continue reading

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An Exercise in Minimalism

What can I live without? Most of my stuff, at least for a while. I escaped last summer’s excessive heat by renting an apartment in Portumna, a small town in western Ireland. I packed light, things I could layer: rayon … Continue reading

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The Bus to Ballinasloe

We’re 11 kilometers from Ballinasloe, then 10, then seven, then nine. The Local Bus lives up to its name, going out of its way, door to door, backing up and turning around in people’s driveways, winding down one-lane country roads. … Continue reading

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A Transitory Story

Shortly before departing for a stay in Ireland, I read online that thin women think differently from overweight women. Thin women don’t consider hunger a permanent condition, so they don’t eat every time they’re hungry. They figure, “If I don’t … Continue reading

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It’s a Long Way to Tucumcari

I recently stopped into the nearest java joint for a cup of caffeine. A barista admired my travel coffee mug, which to my taste seems a bit garish. On a trip to New Mexico last summer, I found myself drinking … Continue reading

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