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Iceland’s Ancient Ways….. Sorcery For Survival

In a land of rumbling earth with dark winters and endless daylight summers, with hot steam rising from ginormous cracks in the ground and numerous mountains belching forth ash and … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Iceland’s Ancient Ways…. Shelter

When the vikings first arrived in Iceland back in the 9th century, they discovered a coarse yet manageable new world ripe for the picking, uninhabited but for a few Gaelic … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Awe Inspiring Iceland … Part 1

Dramatic: from the endless scenic landscapes, to the ancient tales of it’s early Viking settler’s, to the turbulent natural forces lying in wait… The first word of association when I … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Pedal Through Yesteryear

It was a gray, misty day which only made the fields look more green, as if that were even possible here. The air had a faint sweetness of spring blooms, … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Dry Day In Ireland a.k.a “No Pints Friday”

It’s Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i’m intrigued at the faith and traditions that move … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Florence….The Drive-By Tour

Off the path, and i mean that on so many levels, but doing a quick “drive-by” of Florence Italy. Met a fellow a American lone-wolf traveler and we spent a … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Pilgrimage of the Not-Quite-For-Sure

And so it begins…. As I wrap up 3 overwhelming yet unimaginable days in Rome, today I begin the Via Francigena pilgrimage route (in reverse) from Rome to Canterbury England. … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · 7 Comments

Stoney Hills, Thatched Roofs and Peat Fires

The west of Ireland possess a serene yet melancholy beauty that can engross every sense of ones self. A journey across this country’s midland takes you from the rolling green … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Finding the Sacred Pancake

As i was making my way through London City to one of the most extensive collections of food and wine archives i happened upon a large and excited crowd gathered … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Curvy Roads & Forgotten Treasures

(This is my unedited version of an article i guest contributed for the hugely popular and hip Paris based site MessyNessyChic on Dec 10, 2013) In Missouri, the old timers say … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Winter’s Finale & Spring’s Invitation

For centuries, today January 6th marks a transitional moment in the winter spiritual and social calendar. Twelfth Night, Feast of the Epiphany, Yuletide end, Feast of Fools, even the Roman … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

….And To All A Christmas Pudding

“On a silver dish the Christmas pudding reposed in its glory.  A large football of a pudding, a piece of holly stuck in it like a triumphant flag and glorious … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Part of Something Delicious

Food and community are synonymous in my world. Where each alone is a moment in life,  the coupling together of food and community provide you memories to last. So volunteering to … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 10 Comments

Paris: St. Denis Cathedral …. Awesome Dead People, Their History & Fairy Tales

This post I’m sharing the page with fellow traveler, gourmand, and bestest friend Lisa Glenn who’s special interest and bottomless well of  information lie in medieval history and all the … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Easter Flame or “No Pints” Friday In Ireland

It’s Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i’m intrigued at the faith and traditions that move … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

A Sip Back In Time

Wandering the streets of Dingle Ireland, I happened upon a shop window reminiscent of an antique/junk shop in America, upon entry I was pleasantly surprised to find a pub. An … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Goatskins, A Martyr & Homemade Pizza… Ingredients For Love

Every conceivable cliche’ of love known to civilization is at it’s maximum use potential today, as love and admiration become a tangible commodity.  I could ramble on about the gross … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 11 Comments

An Apple a Day… In A Glass of Cider, Please!!

The Forest of Dean in west England holds many tasty discoveries; artisan cheeses, rolling green hillsides of plump lamb & mutton, farm after farm of fruit orchards, and most note … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

Enchanting Fore Abbey

Venturing the back roads on a rainy, windy day I traveled to Fore Ireland. Home to an enchanting Benedictine Abbey site with a scenic and mysterious bog like location, various … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!

The day after Christmas back home in Missouri includes waking up to a house strewn about with new toys, spending the day indulging on Mom’s Christmas dinner leftovers, and 60% … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Mr. MaCabe and His Fresh Veg

The Irish historically have been a people to develop and perfect skills of  life unlike most other cultures of early existence. The Celts were navigating the earth and building sacred … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Rugby a Short History …OR… You Did What?? (My Mother Is Not Gonna Like This One)

One of the most grueling pastimes around, Rugby is a sport of constant battle, skillful footing, strength, wit and endurance. Bruises, cuts, sprains and breaks are all part of this … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

Shepard’s Pie….A Poor Man’s Dish, That Everyman Loves

The Shepard’s Pie is a loved dish throughout Ireland and across the British Isle. It’s origins stemming from the Middle Ages when minced meat pies were in favor.  Most likely … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

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