What finer day than Saint Patrick’s Day to recall the year that I came home to the land of my ancestors? Other than ‘the wearing of the green’, I haven’t gotten into too much of the American Celebration of the Day. I lived across the GW Bridge in NJ all my growing-up years and can’t recall ever going into the big parade in NYC! I don’t remember ever drinking green beer! I’ve enjoyed Irish Soda Bread and Corn Beef & Cabbage off and on. Loved watching the Irish Dancers and even attempted to do the Irish Jig! All these things helped me feel a part of the tribe ….. though nothing can compare to going Home to Ireland.
Setting foot on Ireland’s soil touched me in such a deep, primal way that I truly felt I was coming home even though I’d never been there before!
Photos include: Cong farmland, Cobh Port of Cork, Kennedy Park, Rock of Cashel, Atlantic Ocean, Ha’Penny Bridge
This past Wednesday was the fourth and last class of the Memories to Memoirs writing course that I’m taking with OLLI ~ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ UVA. The assignment was to write about ‘an item in my closet that I still use and that holds lots of memories for me’. Here’s the link to the third class ….. (Me in the Middle of Memories of Opening the Door)
My Travel Companion
In 1995, two flight attendants looking for a travel companion that would be stylish with many pockets, founded Baggalini.Baggalini Crossbody Travel Bags make it easier to move from place to place with a sense of safety and security while keeping everything you need at your fingertips and in its place. Just what I was looking for when I set out on my first foreign trip to England in 2001.
This bag, tucked away on the top shelf in my closet, has since been my travel companion on many exciting and happy memories. It seemed to be the perfect choice for this week’s writing assignment ~ ‘Write about an item in your closet that you still use and holds many memories.’ Foreign travel to the Middle East and Ireland were trips of a lifetime. Air travel to see family in Arizona, Ohio and Vermont were made easier with this little bag, especially when I had mobility issues with the onset of age-related medical problems.
There was a time when I thought the opportunity to travel by air would never happen for me and my Baggalini reminds me that dreams do come true no matter how old you are. It will remain on the top shelf of my closet, within my reach, for those spontaneous moments when the chance to travel becomes a reality once again. Life is a Journey!
Labor Day Weekend is behind us and thoughts turn to the Holidays! I’ve had a lot of fun setting up my shop on ETSY! There’s a Package of Six Christmas/Holiday Greeting Cards. For anyone who loves Ireland, you’ll find 8 x 10 reproduction prints and note cards as well. Shipping is Free within the US.
I hope you’ll visit, mark as your favorite and share with friends and family!
My ETSY experience has been very similar to my WordPress experience ~ Plunge right in and ask questions later! I guess that’s the way I learn. Instead of reading up on everything and then beginning, I like to learn as I go along. Similar to life, I guess.
After I received the first request to buy one of my sketch prints, I was determined to give all this a try. It’s really fun and interesting. Visiting the local printerand learning all about proofs and costs started me thinking about gifts for the family and possibly selling more. I became more inspired the more I experienced and now I have a shop on ETSY.com. Please click on the link and take a look! 🙂