Sneachta in Ireland

Sneachta is forecast in parts of Ireland today. No, I’m not talking about snacking or being snarky. Sneachta is the Irish word for snow. Snow rarely happens in Ireland’s fairly moderate climate. So, when it does snow, sneachta gets thrown around a lot. Because why not? If you live in a country where it rarelyContinue reading “Sneachta in Ireland”

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. Cafe Rua is one of my most favorite places to go toContinue reading “Looking for Daffodils”

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. Here’s to being able to hug each other again, go browsing through a shopping mall, enjoy aContinue reading “New Bridges in 2021”

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 allContinue reading “Happy and Merry Christmas”

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. Recently two online retailers have popped up in support of both indie authors and independent books stores. In the US,Continue reading “Support Independent Bookstores”