Monday, April 25, 2011

too much input

I swear every time I vow to lessen my websurfing more sites/blogs/discussion-groups/tweeters show up that pique my interest.

Gotta cut down on that stuff.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Irish anecdote

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

Another wishlist entry

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.