The year 2013 in Ireland is known as “The Homecoming.”
If you have any Irish blood in you, you are greeted on arrival with “Welcome Home,” and as you prepare to say your goodbyes you are asked, “When will you be coming home again?”
It’s been a heartwarming trip and a very educational one, too.
They still speak of the troubles, meaning the civil unrest of the 1970s. There is an Irish flag but also a flag for each opposing side of the troubles that still causes some deep feelings. I could only compare it to our Civil War from over 150 years ago and the rebel flag, but much more raw for them as it only happened 40 years ago.
They have the same problems facing our nation such as home foreclosures, childhood obesity, too much government, farmers demanding their civil rights and so on. Yet all in all, they are happy, giving people.
I’ve mentioned some of the signs around and about that I find funny. Chemist is the same as our pharmacy, dual carriage lane is the same as our divided highway. They have eat in and take away instead of take out. At one small restaurant I was in charged 1 pound extra (about $1.70) to eat in because of limited seating. We chose not to eat there.
I was able to visit Irvinestown, a place named for my ancestors, who occupied the Necarne Castle for centuries. Yes, really, a family castle! It was built around 1626. The word Ne’ Carne is Gaelic meaning not there.
When under attack, the castle was hid from the invaders by covering it in moss so when they looked over the field there was nothing to see. Obviously, they weren’t too close. Pretty clever. The most recent use of the grounds is for an equestrian park.
It’s up for sale now. How I would love to bring it back into the family. If only I had enough spare change!
I had mixed feelings about leaving. I would have liked to explore more, but time ran out. We flew out of Dublin on Saturday, Oct 5, and arrived at Detroit Metro Airport at 5:30 p.m. Because of the time difference it made for a 29 hour day instead of 24. We were pretty tired when we hit the beds that night.
I’m happy to be on our soil again but so thankful for the chance to have made this journey.
Thanks for putting up with my wandering these last three weeks.
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Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
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