Before and After the Shutter Clicked: Memoir is Therapy

Love is an unreliable lens through which to look at a person. The same can be said of vacation. The viewer is left with a romantic memory of an experience, bereft of all its glaring imperfections. Memoir writing has caused me to confront my romantic notions of Ireland and to be brutally honest with myself. …

A Picture without a Picture

I've been reading Susan Sontag's essays, "On Photography".   A few pages into the first essay she writes, "Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs."  She refers to snapshots as souvenirs - and that clicked for me, so to speak.  I don't buy souvenirs, I take pictures. However, on my first trip to Ireland I chose not to photograph …