Looking for Daffodils

It’s been a heartbreaking week so I thought I’d post something cheerful. Something positive. So, I went looking for daffodils. I chose this picture from three years ago. The photo is of Cafe Rua’s front window on Spencer Street in Castlebar, County Mayo.

Shop window of Cafe Rua
Cafe Rua’s Shop Window

Cafe Rua is one of my most favorite places to go to every morning when I’m in Ireland. The Americano coffee (with pouring cream) is excellent. The first floor of the cafe is a specialty store filled with all kinds of goodies from wine to cheese. And don’t forget the baked scones and brown bread. Upstairs is a cheerful restaurant where raspberry jam and brown bread accompany eggs and rashers.

Upstairs at Cafe Rua

Here in the United States, we have a ways to go until spring. But I hope that like the phrases displayed in the shop window, we soon begin to experience “Good Vibes” and know that “Anois teacht an Earraigh” (spring is coming). So, here’s to daffodils and new beginnings whether they come in Febuary or March. In the meanwhile, keep the love going. Yours truly, Martha.

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New Bridges in 2021

This picture, from a few years ago, popped up in my iPhone memories scroll. I think it pretty adequately depicts how I feel about 2020 and the hope for new bridges, new ways of moving forward in 2021.

Pocantico River, New York

Here’s to being able to hug each other again, go browsing through a shopping mall, enjoy a dinner in a restaurant with friends and family, and travel to County Mayo, Ireland. But most of all, I want to leave the fear behind.

The sights along Barney Road, French Hill, County Mayo

I recently stated to a friend that I am so looking forward to this pandemic being over. My friend replied, “That’s okay, provided you are working your bunnies off to prepare for the future.” Sounds like good advice and something to think about as I plan for a better and healthier year ahead. What about you? What are you planning and hoping for? What will you do differently?

Happy and Merry Christmas

Is it Happy or Merry Christmas? Here in the United States we wish a “merry”. Oftentimes in Ireland, I hear “happy”. 2020 has been a tough year for me and many of my friends and family. But today has been a day of peaceful reflection and gratitude. A day of thankfulness that we are all still together (figuratively). So I would say that this is a Happy Christmas.

Whether you are in the US or in Ireland, I want to wish you a happy and merry Christmas. Here’s some pictures from “Merrier” Christmas times:

I hope you have a day of peace, joy, and love. Happy and Merry Christmas. Nollaig Shona Duit.

In the meanwhile, keep the love going. Yours truly, Martha

Support Independent Bookstores

Indie authors (like me) and independent bookstores have at least one thing in common: we need community and local support. The independent bookstores need our support now, in the time of pandemic, more than ever.

picture of notebook, writer's magazine belonging to indie author, Martha Geaney
Indie author, Martha Geaney, taking a writing stint in Mount Dora, Florida

Recently two online retailers have popped up in support of both indie authors and independent books stores. In the US, the retailer is bookshop.org and in the UK, the retailer is http://hive.co.uk

These retailers offer paperback formats of indie author books. At Bookshop, for example, when you order a book you can tag your local bookstore and they will receive the full profit off your purchase. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don’t use Bookshop).

Castle Bookshop Front Window and Entrance
Castle Bookshop, Castle Street, Castlebar

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Irish Halloween Blessing

Pumpkins at the Botanical Gardens in Dublin. A few weeks before Halloween
William Murphy, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
At all Hallow's Tide,
May God keep you safe
From goblin and pooka and
Black-hearted stranger,
From harm of the water 
And Hurt of the fire,
From thorn of the Bramble,
From all other danger,
From Will O' The Wisp
Haunting the mire;
From stumbles and tumbles 
And tricksters to vex you ,
May God in His mercy
This week protect you.
Celtic Pooka

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