A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.


My take on U2’s extraordinary new release SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE – A REVIEW U2’S SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, arduous in the making—three years, nine producers, fifteen engineers—is outstanding both musically and lyrically, a classic in sound and vision, but for the occasional overreach for updated uber ‘relevance’. To me the ‘production’ focus … Continue reading

RIP Gord Downie

Last Tuesday, September 17, Canadian Gord Downie–rock musician, writer, activist and front-man for the Tragically Hip–succumbed to cancer at the age of fifty-three. In honor of this exceptionally talented man, here are a couple of his more writerly quotes: “I write everyday. I walk around in silent conversation with my latest unfinished songs.” “A great … Continue reading


Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading


Michael Francis O’Donovan (Frank O’Connor) (1903-1966) is an Irish writer with more than one hundred fifty works to his name. He is most known for his short stories, though he was also a literary critic, novelist, and poet. Much of his writing is autobiographical, most notably The Man of the House based on his childhood in County Cork.   “As … Continue reading


In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s an Irish blessing: Wishing you always — Walls for the wind And a roof for the rain And tea beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you And those you love near you And all that your heart might desire!

Snippets from Iceland and Ireland

Just in from New Year’s Eve with the bells of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin and on to an amazing week in Iceland. Here’s a few quotes garnered along the way. “Hot white walls, black shadows, the aroma of strange Eastern spices . . . lights, the scent of sandalwood and cloves, a sound of … Continue reading

New On-line Postings for Spirit Stones

Both and have just posted information about Spirit Stones on their web pages, including excerpts from the book. These are both wonderful stone resources with much of interest to antiquarians drawn to those three fascinating Irish tombs on the River Boyne (Dowth is the third). I’m honored to have the book up on … Continue reading

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