Archives for July 2012

Irish Wisdom – The Power Of Friendship (Part 1)

The power and importance of friendship is recognized in Ireland’s ancient sagas and myths, in her wealth of proverbs and blessings, and in her literature both old and new. Today I thought I might share some of these beautiful quotations from yesterday and today.  As I compiled my list, my blog post grew longer and […]

When You Go Will You Send Back A Letter From America

In the late 1980’s the Scottish band, The Proclaimers had a big hit with their song “Letter from America.”  I love this song, and listen to it regularly.  Here are two of its most memorable lines: When you go will you send back a letter from America? Take a look up the rail track from […]

Finding Home On The Road Taken

Damien Fox is a young American writer who lives in Chicago, Illinois.  Today, Damien shares his story of finding home in America as a first-generation Irish American child of immigrant parents.   Finding Home On The Road Taken   My grandmother cried the day my mother’s crisp burgundy passport arrived in the mail. And she […]

Are My Children Irish Or American?

Identity Crisis

Many years ago an American friend once asked me if I considered my children to be Irish or American.  I didn’t hesitate for one second before I answered emphatically:   “My children are American.”   I feel very strongly that, as an Irish-born mother of four American kids I must try to raise them without […]

Boiled Egg And Soldiers

Boiled Egg Uncapped With Toast Soldiers On The Side

A boiled egg standing proudly in an egg cup is an inviting breakfast or lunch.  Line up some buttered toast sticks (nicknamed soldiers) on the side, and I am in egg-dipping heaven. Boiled eggs are a staple on any Irish or English household’s menu.  A knob of melting butter on top adds a creamy lusciousness […]

Irish – A Language Without Words For ‘Yes’ and ‘No’

Irish, the primary official language of Ireland has been spoken on the island for over 2500 years.  Its sentence structure and syntax are very different from that of the English language.  One striking distinction is the lack of words for “yes” and “no” in Irish. This probably sounds very strange to any English speaking person.  How […]

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th Of July Image Credit “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and […]

Coming Up The Liffey On A Bicycle

When I was preparing my post last week about Dublin and the River Liffey, I remembered one of my teachers in Ireland and a very funny expression she used all the time. Image Credit Back in the late 70’s and early ’80’s many of our teachers were nuns.  I remember one sister in particular, and […]