Extracurricular, From The Road, History, Iceland, Inspiration, Stops & Stays, Travel

Awe Inspiring Iceland

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 think Iceland is dramatic. From the moment the plane entered the airspace above, i could tell this place was special. At midnight, the sun still… Continue reading Awe Inspiring Iceland

Extracurricular, Inspiration, Ireland, Travel

In The Big Smoke But Dreaming of Green

In the Big Smoke (London), existing on the necessities performed in the " today" so that i may enjoy the "tomorrows". I find my sense of creative-self choked by the urban cloud. Though lovely to be with my dearest and oldest  friend enjoying walks along the Thames, dinners in the garden and long talks over… Continue reading In The Big Smoke But Dreaming of Green

FOOD !, From The Road, Inspiration, Libations, Travel, Via Francigena

A Sign Of Inspiration & Amazing Pork

Monday, 24 March Viterbo, an ancient city built some say by Hercules, definitely civilized by the Etruscans, and since seen centuries of Popes, politics, war and growth. But here i found inspiration and the most delicious pork! I arrived as usual, wandering in search of a church and hoping to find the actual Via Fracigena… Continue reading A Sign Of Inspiration & Amazing Pork

FOOD !, From The Road, History, Inspiration, Italy, Rome, Travel, Via Francigena

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. For centuries, humans have followed this same route; for nomadic migration, for exotic trade, for war, for religion. I can not tell you for sure… Continue reading The Pilgrimage of the Not-Quite-For-Sure

FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, History, Inspiration, Ireland, Travel

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 fields of dairy cows and thoroughbreds, through knobby fields of fairy mounds and sheep, across the land of loughs and peat bogs, to a barren… Continue reading Stoney Hills, Thatched Roofs and Peat Fires

Inspiration

A Year Ahead of Opportunities & Goodness For All

The two faced Roman God Janus, represented beginnings and change. The name sake for this month of January, the Romans looked to this god for inspiration as they reflected on the year past and optimistically looked forward to the year to come. It was, and should be even today, a day to show generosity and… Continue reading A Year Ahead of Opportunities & Goodness For All

Friends, Inspiration, People, Stops & Stays, Travel

2013: Highlights Of An Amazing Year !

The most asked question since i've been home is, "What was your most memorable moment this year?"....not an easy one to answer. Some of the best moments were only a blink of time and just never made it into one of my postings, so here are a few highlights (and less-than-highlights) of my first of… Continue reading 2013: Highlights Of An Amazing Year !

Extracurricular, Inspiration, People

Misfits Inspiring

I just experienced one of the most inspirational nights in many a moon at the St. Louis International Film Festival, viewing the Documentary Shorts of Artist Lives, and most especially the film by Kirkwood (St. Louis) Missouri native Virginia Lee Hunter titled "Tumbling From The Mountaintop of Truth: The Art of Anselm Spring" . Her ability… Continue reading Misfits Inspiring

Extracurricular, FOOD !, History, Inspiration, Ireland, Recipes, Travel

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 this country and make it rich and sincere. The place is full of beautiful sites, interesting people and daily cultrual conundrums of curiosity . One… Continue reading The Easter Flame or “No Pints” Friday In Ireland

England, FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, Inspiration, People

Feast by Fire

"Fire is elemental and primitive; the most miserable situation clears up when somebody gets the fire going." - Dorothy Hartley, Food In England 1954 The Gloucestershire hillside fields were covered with a morning frost, reflecting beautiful colors only seen when the Sun is kissing the  Earth good morning and good night. The colors reminded me… Continue reading Feast by Fire

Extracurricular, From The Road, Inspiration, Ireland, Stops & Stays, Travel

Forgotten Hills of Mystery

I awoke yesterday morning to fog like none other I had seen and despite it was my second day of driving in Ireland, that even at noon roads could have spots of black ice (temps were only at 42 f) and that I had no map, I was going to explore Loughcrew Cairns. There is… Continue reading Forgotten Hills of Mystery

Inspiration, Ireland, People, Traditions

A wee Irish Tune

http://vimeo.com/53921127 It doesn't take too many pints or "pleases to get an Irishman singing, and I'm finding that pretty much all Irishmen can sing beautifully!! After our visit with artisan butcher Peter Whelan of The Whole Hogg Farm outside of Slane Ireland, we stopped into the Hilltop Pub where they prodded this lovely man Brendon,… Continue reading A wee Irish Tune

From The Road, Inspiration, Ireland, Stops & Stays, Travel

Hill of Slane

Here, pilgrim, stop; rest on yonder monumental slab, beneath the shadow of that tall, ivy-mantled tower, the belfry of the cathedral....it once was gorgeous with the shrines of Fathers, and illumed by many a flickering taper, though now the hemlock fills its aisles, and the purple foxglove waves it's lonely banneret. The ground whereon we… Continue reading Hill of Slane