Ireland’s Most Haunted Castle

Ireland’s Most Haunted Castle

I love ghost stories. From the haunted vaults of Edinburgh to the castles of Ireland, and from New England battlefields to the streets of New Orleans, I've taken every opportunity to scare myself silly. I even went through a phase in which I watched Ghost Hunters every week on the SyFy channel just to get travel [...]

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40 Days

40 Days

My mom turned 40 at Kramer’s Supper Club in Evansville, Minnesota, a no-stoplight town in the West Central farmlands. It was a surprise party. I was 17-years-old at the time and the only one of my 4 siblings to snag an invite because I had a car and agreed to sneak in the cake ahead [...]

Took Man, Left Chair

This should be funny - you know, random chair with a pithy, chalk caption. But all I feel is loss. Someone has a man, and she's probably out doing fun hipster things with him, and all I'm left with is this discarded chair.

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...

In Love with Clare

On Monday I drove from County Kerry to County Clare, Ireland, and I'm now staying in the little tourist town of Doolin, a 5 minute drive from the Cliffs of Moher. After a grueling 4 hour drive, I checked into The Half Door Bed and Breakfast. If ever you happen to be in Doolin, you [...]

Jet Lag

Irish travel log, day 4. My jet lag has been terrible this time. I didn't blog for the first two days because of the fog. I had to force myself to walk around Dublin and even to eat because I just didn't feel like it. Writing? Ha! Balls to that! (Irish expression.) So, what happens [...]

Oh, Muddy Hell!

When I threw open my blinds this morning, I saw fog blanketing the Cashel countryside. This was exactly what I had been hoping for. I wanted to revisit Hore Abbey and capture it in fog, so I wasted no time getting ready and driving over there. Lucky for me, there was no one on the road or [...]

BelleWood Acres

With 25,000 apple trees, BelleWood Acres is the perfect place to spend an autumn afternoon with a good friend (and my Nikon).   Andy introduced me to owners, John and Dorie, who planted the first trees back in 1996.   Today, in addition to their primary commodity, visitors can find a pumpkin patch,  a gift shop, and some amazing baked goods [...]