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A Rock Cairn on Inis Meain
I just received a very nice note from Leondard Doyle of www.aran-isles.com about my two-part blog piece about researching John Millington Synge on Inis Meain.  Follow the link to see the piece and the rest of the website with its stunning photography and interesting stories.  Best of luck to Mr....
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Well, for lack of a good video camera (and the ability to edit), I have put together a slide show of images from A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out; take a look and let me know what you think.
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Shortly after my book, A Journey into the Transcendentalists' New England, came out, I received an advanced reading copy of another book -- An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England.  Needless to say, I was intrigued.  The novel, and it is fiction, is the handiwork of novelist Brock...
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Rock Cairn at Walden Pond
Are there times when the frenetic rush of urban life makes your head want to explode? When the cell phone rings at the exact same moment the cappuccino maker steams your café latte while the road crew outside begins breaking up the sidewalk with a jackhammer, there may be only one cure: go...
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So it has come to this.  My publisher has asked for two short video clips to help promote A Journey into the Transcendentalists' New England and A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival.  Although I feel very comfortable in front of groups of people and have even done a fair amount of amateur...
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Cathoir Synge -- Synge's Chair
In the morning, I set out to visit their cottage, which has recently been renovated and reopened as a Synge museum. When I get there, however, everything is locked up tight. There is no sign on the door with posted hours, just a sign on the corner saying Teach Synge (Synge Cottage). For the moment...
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Inis Meain
The boat heaves and tosses in the grey water. Staying inside, I run the very probable risk of getting intensely seasick, so the only place for me is on the stern deck, against the railings focusing on a horizon where the slightly greyer sky met with the darker grey of the water. The fact that the...
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This is the crowded part of Inis Meain
Well, hooray!  My blog from last week on visiting literary sites caught the attention of Red Room and catapaulted me to the front page.  That's great, and I've got some great things planned for this week's writings and will add photos from all three books this week to fill out the photo galleries...
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Well, I am still going through the page proofs for Walking Boston.  I have left indexing for a moment to just work on proofing the pages. Every once in a while, I come across a sentence and wonder, "what the hell was I thinking?"  It's not just that there is a type or a word missing, the...
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Aside from a few discreetly placed signs, there is little to distinguish this old brown house from others in the neighborhood or proclaim its role in American literature. However, Concord’s Old Manse, former home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne and a large jewel in Concord’s crown of...
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A person on an email list asked how she could become a travel writer. Here was my response: You have three paths to a travel writing life. The first is to “moonlight” while keeping your day job. That is probably the best case scenario, but it didn’t work for me. I was teaching full-time and never...
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I began a writing task today that I have never tackled before -- no, Mom, not thank you note writing -- indexing.  That's right, for Walking Boston (Wilderness Press), I am creating an index for the book. I've never had to do this before and it is fascinating thinking about what should go in and...
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A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome
Congratulations to my fellow Roaring Forties Press (www.roaringfortiespress.com) author and blogger (http://aknickerson.blogspot.com/), Angela K. Nickerson. She is off on a tour of the midwest to support her wonderful new book A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome. Angela's blog, Just Go!, has all...
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Inis Meain
I will be showing photographs and talking a bit about my Irish book this Sunday, April 13 in the Alumni Room of the Dooley Campus Center at Elms College.  The event is being hosted by the Irish Center of Elms College, and I'm very honored to be part of their spring offerings.
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The Gates of Coole
I am pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of photographs from A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley, Massachusetts.  There will be a reception on Friday, March 14 at 7:00 pm..  Please come take a look at the photos and browse around.  I'm...
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