Uragh Stone Circle

Stone circles can be found across Ireland. They were built between 3,000 and 500 B.C. and were probably used for rituals or religious functions; no one really knows for sure. One thing is for certain - finding them usually requires a drive down a very narrow road (so narrow that if you meet a car, …

Screwed

I couldn't resist the title. The word conjures up a fond memory for me. (And where did your mind go just then?!) I last made it home for Christmas in 2008. My oldest niece and my nephew were both 4 at the time. Just before Christmas Eve dinner, Ella tore down the stairs from my …

Cheeky Llama

Is it just my imagination (and my tendency to anthropomorphize), or is that Llama (or possibly Alpaca) checking out the grazers behinds? Should I assume this is a male Llama? He does seem rather satisfied with himself...

Remembering Africa

I've been following Global Grazers, and each time I read a new post, I want to return to Africa!  Harold Green's  striking photography of  Masaai people always tugs at my heartstrings too. Digging through my archives, I found an essay I wrote 3 years ago about my experience in Tanzania (when I wanted to be a nurse) and decided to …

New Worlds

People are fascinated by pictures of doors, especially those that are old and weathered. In fact, I've seen entire websites dedicated to them. Perhaps they symbolize our longing to enter new worlds? Or, maybe they represent the secrets of old worlds and past lives that shouldn't be revisited. I found this particular doorway at Ardgillan Castle …