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Where is Luke Skywalker?

That’s the burning question Star Wars fans want to know and the quest the gets the ball rolling (literally) in The Force Awakens. The Jedi Master is AWOL and the galaxy means to find him. But before we get to … Continue reading

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Bard: Rock Star of Gaelic Ireland

One of the things I enjoy doing every Sunday afternoon is listening to Into the 70s on WGHN – five hours of happy memories. As a kid, growing up in the dead coal-mining town of Export, PA in the 1970s, I … Continue reading

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From Mighty Oaks

No matter where you go in the world this time of year, the climate is lovely, moderated from the extremes. Even the arctic tundra is awakening and returning to life.  Spring cleaning is done and garden beds are being prepped … Continue reading

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A Great Pestilence

For many months, it was prominently featured in the headlines. For many months, panic bubbled just beneath the surface. For many months the same word was echoed throughout the world in grave apprehension: Ebola. In the Annals of the Kingdom … Continue reading

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THE HOBBIT: What’s Welsh Got to Do with It?

Previously, I’ve posted about Ireland’s connection with one of the most-loved authors of our time – J.R.R. Tolkien. He had a special place in his heart for the Emerald Isle and was particularly drawn to the wilderland of The Burren. … Continue reading

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World Tree

As I raked leaves this weekend, I spent some time taking stock of the ash tree standing sentinel over the front yard. It’s had a rough few years and bears the D-shaped scars of attack from the emerald ash borer, … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Cuibhlean stòlda mu dheas,  [The wheels of industry at a standstill,] Na fàsaichean a’ tuath,   [The northern lands wasted,] An taigh-mòr falamh an Dùn-éideann   [The empty house in Edinburgh] Gun chumhachd gun ghuth.  [Without authority or voice.]      (Macdonald, … Continue reading

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