Exploring Tom Gill’s “Carmelita”

I'd brought him up from Trinidad, a likable, clean-cut boy of British parents, extremely sensitive and filled with the ideals that youth picks up, God knows where and that middle age spends years in discarding."

Exploring Early Ireland: St. Patrick And The Celts

“It is not those who can inflict the most, but those that can suffer the most who will conquer.” – Terrence MacSwiney (IRA Hunger Striker) Thousands of years before the Irish War of Independence and the Government of Ireland Act, Ireland existed as a land that knew nothing of Protestantism or Catholics. There was no … Continue reading Exploring Early Ireland: St. Patrick And The Celts

Ten Interesting Facts About The Euro €

The Euro is an intriguing currency and is the world's second largest reserve currency behind the $US Dollar. It is a clear sign of European Identity and has made it easier, cheaper and safer for businesses to buy and sell within the euro area and to trade with the rest of the world. Beyond a … Continue reading Ten Interesting Facts About The Euro €

Analyzing Russia’s Ruble

These are dark days for the native currency of the Russian Federation (RUB). With Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and retaliatory sanctions employed by nations across the world, the ruble has lost over 40% of its value. The US and its allies have banned Russian oil imports, revoked the country's favored trade status and cut … Continue reading Analyzing Russia’s Ruble

Dingle, Ireland; The Last Port of Call…

The Dingle Peninsula, reaching out of the northwest side of County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland, is one of the most rugged, majestic and ancient places in all of the North Atlantic. The Peninsula is home to over 2000 identified archeological sites, dating all the way to the Mesolithic era; 4000 BC and before. … Continue reading Dingle, Ireland; The Last Port of Call…

Luang Prabang; Explorer Shot

Luang Prabang in north central Laos is an ancient town resting on the Banks of iconic rivers; The Mekong and Nam Khan. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and a location where western colonial and traditional Lao Buddhist influences combine to form a truly historic and culturally unique city in Southeast Asia. French Colonial … Continue reading Luang Prabang; Explorer Shot

Stranger In The Village of The Spiritual

"What the hell is the point of this?" I said while hopping out of my car in a black paved parking lot of a rather skuzzy looking apartment complex. I was verbalizing a response to another rush of existential thoughts that had been for a few months now, flooding my mind. It was early November … Continue reading Stranger In The Village of The Spiritual

Padraig Pearse and The Fanatic’s Heart

“There are many things more horrible than bloodshed, and slavery is one of them”- Padraig Pearse http://hdl.handle.net/10599/386 (South Dublin Library collection) What would it take for a man to sacrifice his life for a cause that might not survive? To strike against an occupying power who has crushed all resistance time and time again? How … Continue reading Padraig Pearse and The Fanatic’s Heart

The Lights of Luang Prabang

Near the top of Phousi Hill in Downtown Luang Prabang At the hostel in Kunming, while laying on a bunk in a cramped dorm room full of Frenchman, I closed my eyes and earnestly tried to catch some rest. When I finally rolled off, I fell into a vivid dream. It was a very Midwestern … Continue reading The Lights of Luang Prabang

Analysis of Sinn Fein’s Victory in The 2020 Irish Election

In what will probably be the top story in Irish politics this year, Sinn Fein, the oldest and most controversial political party in Ireland, scored an enormous upset in the 2020 general election, winning 37 of the 160 seats in the Irish Dail (the Irish house of representatives). The results sent shockwaves across Ireland and … Continue reading Analysis of Sinn Fein’s Victory in The 2020 Irish Election