acts of Irish kindness and generosity

I didn’t mean my previous post to suggest that I’ve been having a rotten time here. Quite the contrary. I’ve found the vast majority of Irish people — natives and immigrants alike — to be remarkably friendly and generous people. As an example, I took the train from Dublin to Mullingar the first Saturday that […]

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some surprising/frustrating things about Ireland

I’ve been holding off on writing this, because I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to approach it. Head-on, I guess. I’ve been frankly shocked by the number of people who smoke here. Maybe I’ve gotten used to the cleaner air and the largely cleaner lifestyles of most of the people I know in Portland, […]

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pitching and striking out

So I have only a few days remaining here in Ireland, where I’ve been talking to lots of folks — Buddhists, Pagans, Jews, Muslims, atheists, religious educators, etc. — about religious diversity. I’ve put together a wide variety of story pitches based on what I’ve been finding. And I still have not a single assignment […]

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