Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Last night, I flipped by a travel show, and the host was in a pub in Dublin, Ireland.
I've been to Ireland twice. Such shows always make me yearn to visit again.
I probably won't make it back for a while. My kids have a ways to go before we can travel to cultural/historical destinations and have them appreciate the vacation. (read; they will want to go to Disney World a few times first ;) )
My favorite moment in my Irish travels were when my brother and I, second generation Irish-Americans, met my mother's cousins in Galway.
I was asked a wonderful question.
"Is this the first time you've been home?"
I guess all us Irish-Americans are just on loan; Ireland is our true home.
Still, it's a great place to visit - whether you have Irish blood or not.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Flipping by a pledge driven re-airing of Ken Burns' The Civil War, I was reminded of all the diary readings from Elisha Hunt Rhodes. He was a Union soldier, and I seem to remember him surviving all the way from the earliest engagements to the end of the war. I always wanted to read his story.
His letters and diaries were collected in All for the Union, which is still available in paperback and has a Kindle edition, too.
Here is the short Wikipedia page about him. Elisha Hunt Rhodes.
Bonus; he's buried at Swan Point cemetery - the same cemetery where H. P. Lovecraft is buried.