Happy New Year, everyone! To all my American friends and family, I'm sorry about the current upheaval, and after everything we've been through, I hope we all get a lull in the Long Emergency to let us regroup and prepare for the next round.
Ireland rang in the New Year by going back into its third total
lockdown. On the good side, this monastic interlude has taught me to be grateful for my friends and family, and to find joy in simple moments, and to not forget them so easily; I walked around an empty Dublin this
morning, watching the dawn light ripple across the river, listening to
Haydn's magnificent 45th Symphony and the lovely prose of the book "My Father's Wake," both of which I recommend.
I'm delighted to report that Grit Magazine has published my piece on St. Necklace Day, which you can see here.
Also, the amazing publication Front Porch Republic, which you should really check out, has published my article on the end of children's games. Check it out here.