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The Irish Tricolour

This morning I woke up at 4:30 to start my interminable journey through Irish literature. In fact, as you will learn in a later post, I have enlisted the help of a few Irish writer friends in this endeavor–and they’ve given me some homework. Good Lord. If I don’t get an honorary Master’s degree from […]

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Cider and Leprechauns

If nothing else comes from doing this All Things Irish thing, I will now know how to spell Leprechaun. Are you a fan of information overload? I am. I figure the brain can handle it, so I’m barreling on. If you’ve just stumbled upon–or Stumbledupon–I Must Be Off!, you might be asking yourself the question […]

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All Things Irish — Oscar Wilde and Irish Potatoes

The potato is very high in potassium. Did you know that? You wouldn’t think it, would you? But it’s true. One of the many happy by-products of doing this All Things Irish series is all the other stuff I’ve been learning. Did you know the white potato is a tuber while the sweet potato is […]

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All Things Irish

Picture actually taken in Scotland, but hey.Over the last few weeks I’ve become increasingly more worried that I don’t know jack about my new home, so I’ve decided to become better acquainted with all things Irish. This is a bit of a change from my usual approach to travel and new places. Usually I just […]

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At Home in Dublin

Disclaimer: I cut the tip off my left Birdie finger while cooking breakfast on Sunday morning in Dublin, so it’s all wrapped up now and creating a very “stiff” typing experience for me. Don’t rag me on the typos. Apart from dicing a digit with the onions, Dublin is great fun. Our TV now works, […]

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Writing Process Blog Tour — Take Two

Recently, a fellow editor and expat–the brilliant Michelle Elvy–asked me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Yes, come to think of it, I’ve already done this, but it’s a good opportunity to look at how I write now in contrast to last year when I wrote about it. A few things have […]

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Online Travel Quizzes and Games — My Top Five

Do these look familiar? Did you draw these in third grade? Third grade was a frenetic time of geopolitical learning for me. I remember it as if it were, well, over four decades ago. Our class was in a portable container outside the main building of the school, and our teacher was Mrs. Florida. We […]

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Valley of the Kings — The Irish Ones

Pictured: The remains of an ancient roadway in the Dublin Mountains (not the Boyne Valley) On the plane to Dublin Friday morning, I take out the onboard magazine just to read what I can read. Tucked between ads for restaurants and pubs–each more award-winning than the next–is a travel article about the Boyne Valley: Ireland’s […]

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Expat Author Interview with Michelle Bailat-Jones

Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. Her début novel Fog Island Mountains won the 2013 Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction and will be published by Tantor Publishing in November 2014. She has also translated Charles Ferdinand Ramuz’s 1927 Swiss classic Beauty on Earth (Onesuch Press, 2013). Her fiction, poetry, translations, and […]

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Crazy Irish Life

I have a crazy life. A crazy wonderful life. Full of surprises. Good ones. Awful ones. And everything in between. Maybe I should stop being so surprised by the loops I’m thrown for, the curveballs I’m thrown–the throes. Aw, hell no. I love surprises. So Dublin here I come. Yep. Who’d have ever thought it? […]

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