Dublin in a day – by the book?

Dublin’s different now from the days when it was my second home. And not just because of the Covid lockdown fallout. It’s younger – or am I older? Til the 2008 crash it was a great place for …

Modern Times in Dalkey, sans Damon, Enya & Bono

It seems like I was in a galaxy of both a long ago past and a far-away future. I was sitting in a railway station – Dublin’s Connolly – doing what I’ve had a lifetime of practice doing: …

Who do you listen to – your heart or your mind?

I realize it was just a few weeks ago, but it seems like a lifetime – or maybe just a different lifetime – ago. Before social distancing gave me time to start reading all the books I’ve been …

You know those days when the stars just don’t align for you?

Do you ever find that things you planned on may not be available? And then stewed on the situation for way too long before learning you were mistaken in the first place? Sure, I’d been through Dundalk before, …

Did I find better stories outside the bookstores?

How many times has a bad movie led you to buy the book? Until now, I can’t remember a single instance – and my eyeballs have absorbed a lot of films and books through the years. I truly …

No, it was NOT a dark and stormy night.

It was a miserable, blustery, sideways-raining several days. Minutes of glorious sunshine punctuated rolling black storm clouds emptying themselves on all of us stuck below. Or, to put things another way, it was just a normal winter’s day …

When someone’s more than a Valentine

Let’s forget the candy and ignore the hype. Here’s a glimpse of a couple I encountered a few years ago. I haven’t seen them since, but occasionally wonder whatever happened to them. https://jpmaney.com/private-selves/

I went looking for fiction – and found a calamity-in-waiting

Have you ever walked into a place that just felt right? Trinity Books in Carrick on Shannon wasn’t on my list of places to visit. Its street sign caught my eye on the way to another store. So …

Darwin never said it . . .

Charles Darwin never said survival of the strongest, he spoke of survival of the fittest, meaning those best able to deal with change and adapt to their environments survive. Have you seen many dinosaurs walking down your street …

Too much good food, not enough time or big enough stomach

I’ve heard it said that we can’t live on organic bread alone. Accepting that, I went to Ennistymon, a tiny town that – on a per capita basis – probably has more locavore artisan chefs preparing wonderful food …