Thin Places Tour of Ireland

Island of Inishmurray off the coast of County Sligo

Island of Inishmurray off the coast of County Sligo

As an Irish Witch, I’m determined to get back to The Old Country.  2016 is the year.  I’ll start with this Spiritual tour of Ireland’s mystical places.  Then, I’ll hit the pubs.  And sing.  I’m counting on my friend, Edward (who came from County Cork, same as my great grand da), for advice and drinking exercises.

I’m SO with Colin:

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“Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.” – Colin Farrell

 

Happy Irish-Love Day.

Happy Irish Day

Celebrate being Irish!  (not St. Patrick—he was a dick.)

Here’s Glen Hansard, one of my favorite Irish singers.

And a link to my Pinterest Board “The Old Country.”

I’m proud my ancestors journeyed from County Cork.  Researchers say an inordinate number of immigrants were bipolar—it took grandiose self-confidence and manic energy to leave home and jump into the Void.

Thanks, great-great grand-da.

Some day I’ll go back and tip a pint to ye.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Years ago, my cousin Lynia dubbed the women in our family The Irish Witches because of our propensity for precognitive dreams (thanks to Great Grandpa John Pierce who immigrated from County Cork as a wee babe).  Our Christmas gatherings took a different turn than most, I’d guess, as we regularly compared visions and visitations from the dead.

My family started me on my spiritual search and instilled a deep love for the Emerald Isle.  I’ve always dreamed of renting a writer’s cottage in sheep country—walking distance from the local pub, of course.  Someday, I’ll get there.

In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite Irish things.

Ballymacdermot Cairn, Newry, Armagh

Wicklow Mountains

James Nesbitt and Aiden Turner, the Irish Contingent in The Hobbit.

Jimmy on Drinking like a Dwarf: “We woulda drunk the wee of the Lamb o’God to get this part.”

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

Pubs and Music

Pubs and Music

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell

Clondalkin, South Dublin

Clondalkin, South Dublin

The Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle

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My Cyber Life

handmade greeting card, collage artThese days, what with my Zero Money Initiative in place, I spend most of my time at home on my computer.  And I’m finding a whole new life there.  It’s Pinterest, really, that’s sucked me into this Ether World.  I’ve found dozens of Pinners who share my interests.  And since my taste wanders all over the place, there’s a lot to keep me enthralled.

There are the nerdy fan-folk—the Tolkein aficionados, the Trekkers, the Joss Whedonites.  I’m in Nerd Heaven, wandering through all the rare photos, video clips, jokes and articles about my TV shows and movies.  There are the science puns, and inside jokes, and cross-over weirdness that combines Star trek with Firefly and Sherlock Holmes.  My geekiness runs rampant.

Battle Cry, The Hobbit, Thorin OakenshieldThen there are the serious armies of movie star fans.  Any male actor, living or dead, generates a plethora of appreciation (Female stars get plenty of attention, too, just not so many shirtless photos or comments about fainting).  Here, I have found my obsessive/compulsive, delusional tribe—women all over the globe tipping the scale from fan to stalker.  I breathe a little easier knowing I’m far from the craziest end of the spectrum here.  I’m actually rather refined and discriminating in my male appreciation.  Tasteful, even.  Ahem.

sheep, IrelandI can explore my love of Ireland and dream about going there by connecting with Pinners who are either from Ireland or who have shared their vacation photos.  I can listen to the music, meet infamous sons and daughters of the Eire, and learn the country’s history.  All the beautiful sites, the people, the festivals—they let me taste of the Emerald Isle while I scheme about how to get there.

endangered species, animalsThen, there are all the boards devoted to nature—weird and gorgeous wild animals; amazing forests, rock formations, fauna and flora.  There are Pinners gathering information on preservation, animal abuse, conservation, and every aspect of green living.  I’m constantly amazed, shocked, inspired and delighted by all these lovers of the world.  I can indulge in my love of elephants and skunks.  And there’s no end to the folks who love cats—great and small.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TV, Joss WhedonMy cyber and material worlds are starting to mix, now.  I’m spending more time at the library searching for things I saw on Pinterest—books on visiting Ireland and England, movies like “War Horse” that I thought I’d never watch (but found out Tom Hiddleston/Loki  and  Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock Holmes are in it).  I picked up the first season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to watch some early Joss Whedon, and checked out a great mystery novel by Tana French on a Pinner’s recommendation.

I’ve heard Pinterest described as a horder’s dream come true.  A person can collect all their favorite stuff without taking up any space (or creating those scary towers of books, papers and clutter every proper psycho-killer’s home requires).  But, for me it’s gone beyond that.  Yes, I like to create my boards with a certain amount of flair and artistry, but I look forward to learning something new, digging deeper into a topic, sharing a funny video that I hope will make others cry and lose urine like I did.  It’s a new way of interacting, a new kind of community-making.

And it makes me happy.  That’s something to stick a pin in and hang on the wall.

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