On our recent trip to Ireland, we spent several days near the west coast. One day, we drove into The Burren, an area made up of huge limestone pavements with fissures in them. The mountains and the flat areas are covered in rock. It's a haunting sight, like a lunar landscape...Read More
What I remember most from my first trip to Ireland years ago is the color green—many shades of it, everywhere I looked. After being doused more than once by rain that always seems ready to fall, it didn’t surprise me that there would be so much lush vegetation. What did surprise me, though...Read More
Last week, my eyes took in the beauty of Ireland, and my ears filled up with the lilt of the Irish. Our family spent several wonderful days there, starting first on the wild and rugged west coast and ending up in its famous city, Dublin. I came home with a thorough, surface-level knowledge of Irish history, a few souvenirs, and a couple of extra pounds from all that brown bread and fresh butter...Read More
Squirming, talking, laughing, looking out the window at the sunshine. We were sitting in our desks but could not keep still or quiet. Finally, when the clock above the chalkboard said 3:00, the last bell of the year would ring, and out of the building we would fly.
Summer stretched before us, endless and exciting...Read More
My family and I spent last week in beautiful Ireland and came home with phones filled with photos, minds filled with history, and lots of good memories. In future posts, I'll be writing about some of the beauty we saw there, including the castle above, called Ballynahinch. This castle with its large estate was built by someone who could very well be my husband's ancestor. We wish...
I’m out of the office this week but thought I'd leave you with some inspiring quotes about the beauty and joy of summer...Read More
Have you noticed that the fruit and vegetables of summer seem super-packed with color and flavor? They seem to hold all the goodness of the season inside. For me, strawberries are the quintessential summer essential...Read More
Standing on the deck, breathing the fresh air, and admiring my purple petunias, my eyes caught some movement on the driveway. Is that…? I gasped. A snake! A long, slithery, black snake was sunning itself on my driveway like he owned the place...Read More