Author: aStoirin

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

This is a little different type of post today. This has been a tough week. All over the world the anger and hatred of certain people is boiling over to affect other innocent people who have no part in the

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Touring Washington, D.C. – Never a Dull Moment!

Besides being a teacher, an avid traveler, an aspiring writer and photographer, I am a tourist guide in Washington, D.C.  While we are winding down our busiest time of year, there are still a bazillion school groups coming to the

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South Carolina: Spanish Moss – Sinister or Sensual?

I spent last week at Edisto Island, South Carolina.  I own a timeshare that has seen embarrassingly little use during the years that I’ve owned it and I decided it was high time that I got better value from my

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Corned Beef and Cabbage – typically … American???

Last year for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to try my hand at Corned Beef and Cabbage.  Now, honestly, I don’t think I’d ever before cooked a corned beef for anything but to make corned beef hash.  Certainly not as

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Who was St. Patrick? And why does the whole world celebrate him?

    Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, people sport their “green”.  Being Irish, I never felt compelled to “show off” my heritage and if I forgot to wear green that day, oh well.  But for my entire life, I

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Have you seen Ireland’s “Must See”?

The Cliffs of Moher.  One of the most recognizable natural wonders on the west coast of Ireland.  Even the name is magical.  The Cliffs of Moher. The name comes from the Irish word mothar, meaning a ruined fort.  In the

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Festive Entrances

Wintertime and the holiday season brings out the best in doors!  Even an otherwise mundane entrance can be transformed by the addition of ribbon and twinkly lights. Recently I led a group of friends in a tour of historic Georgetown

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A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz

Recently, author and fellow member of American Pilgrims on the Camino Kurt Koontz graciously forwarded me a copy of his new book about the Camino de Santiago, A Million Steps.  I have walked various parts of the Camino de Santiago,

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Spanish on a Segway

I was just finishing my last bite of dinner when my phone rang. It was my friend and colleague Elsa O’Grady owner of Washingtonian Tours.  She specializes in groups from Spanish speaking countries and is often in need of Spanish

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Gougane Barra – St. Finbarr’s Oratory

As I approached the access to the tiny island, the only sound was the soft crunch of my footsteps on the loose gravel.  The day was sunny and warm; the crystal azure sky turned the glacial lake a deep, almost

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