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Storytelling

The Irish Language

January 26, 2015 0 Comments

My relationship with the Irish language has evolved over the half dozen years I have been here. It’s doubtful I’ll learn to speak it, I’ve little facility with language, but what I’ve learned about it has certainly informed my understanding of the people of this island. Three people opened the door to that understanding. Carol […]

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Happy Celebration of Light!

December 25, 2014 0 Comments

The solstice has passed, we’ve had our shortest day, and I look forward to longer daylight hours. Clearly our cultural and religious traditions support that desire. In a 2010 post “Happy Chanukah, Ireland”, I reflected on the tradition of remembering the re-dedication of the temple defiled by the Greeks. “The miracle celebrated is one of faith and […]

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Homecoming

October 7, 2014 0 Comments

Yesterday I returned home, from home. Contradiction?  Perhaps not. Ireland is my home now, then again, so are the places where my children live. Sometimes that is Philadelphia and it’s suburbs where they were reared, sometimes New Orleans where two now live. Home. It conjures images of holidays spent with family and friends, safe places, […]

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On Storytelling & Learning to Repair the World

August 7, 2014 0 Comments

A few years ago when a colleague’s grandson was only 6, he came home from school having been taught the biblical story of Joseph. “Daddy, why did his brothers throw Joseph in the pit?” “Because Joseph was his father’s favorite. Jacob didn’t treat the other brothers as nicely.” The wee one went off. A good […]

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Changing the Conversation, the Disservice of Silence

August 3, 2014 0 Comments

Oh, we Irish are grand storytellers. Poor though, in frank and open conversation. Worse at speaking truth to power. Perhaps the former comes naturally. For the latter, skills are required. We teach polite, we teach deference, we don’t teach assertiveness or skills to influence¹. That is a very specific skill set. We lack a belief that we […]

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Peace to Prosperity – the Space Between

December 2, 2012 1 Comment

I’m passionate about the privilege of living in a place so beautiful that C.S. Lewis modeled Narnia on it. Carlingford Lough & the Mournes is where he spent childhood summers with his grandmother. I’m passionate about working to teach entrepreneurship, creating jobs and bringing investment. The granddaughter of a reluctant emigrant, I returned a century […]

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