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La Sauvette

The New Yorker article I mentioned a while ago sent me on an interesting journey. Its subject, Steidl Verlag, a German publisher of quality art and photography books, is also the focus of a documentary film, “How to Make a … Continue reading

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Na Mionna

The months of the year in Irish: Eanáir (an er) – January, is a borrowing from Latin, as are janvier (French), enero (Spanish), januar (German). Feabhra (fow ruh) – February, is analogous with fevrier, febrero, februar (I know German isn’t a romance language; it’s a language I know … Continue reading

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OP, FM, OCSO

During the retreat, I had several interesting conversations with Brian, who had introduced himself at our get-acquainted meeting as “a Dominican friar,” as Ralph had said he was “a Franciscan friar.” Since Guerric, a Trappist (or Cistercian) called himself a … Continue reading

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One last thing…

Staying just down the road from the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Center, I hung out there a lot. On Monday, 21 December, the center celebrated the December solstice, never mind that the actual solstice was on the 22nd, putting tablecloths … Continue reading

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After another Full Irish…

…provided by the Visitors Center as part of our solstice prize, Michael Fox took me on another high speed archeological tour, starting with this stone that’s been incorporated into a decorative wall in the town of Ardcath, where Michael lives … Continue reading

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20 December Redux

I woke up about 6, had some yogurt and fruit and coffee with some fellow lottery winners, a couple from California, and walked to the visitors center at 7. It was the first time I’d been out that early, so … Continue reading

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Doubt, Nowt, Tink, Tree

Many Irish speakers don’t say “th” sounds. They pronounce Dowth “Doubt.” Knowt is “Nowt,” think is “tink,” three is “tree,” thirsty is “tirsty.” Written Irish, however, is littered with h’s. Just look at this sentence: “De bharr an teanga a … Continue reading

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