Tag Archives: Ireland

Claire: How You Look At It

I’ve written about my childhood home a few times over the course of the year. It’s a place that looms large in my memories, and I visit it every time I return to Ireland. I have seen it change over … Continue reading

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Claire: Textures of Ireland

Well, there is the sod, soggy yet steady underfoot, turned by farmers’ shovels and stacked neatly in lopsided piles. There is the sleek smoothness of silage under wraps–long sheets of hard plastic housing fermenting grasses for the cows. There is … Continue reading

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Claire: Gearing Up for Winter

I can’t believe winter has not officially begun. We had our first real snow of the season this morning with just enough white on the ground to linger for a few hours. The winds are whipping too; Free and I … Continue reading

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Claire: Freewrite Friday

Things are busy; they’re very, very busy. Without further ado, then, I will keep my promise to do more creative writing by doing two freewrites, come what may. I’ve just asked Newman to supply me with two Ireland related topics, … Continue reading

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Claire: Symbolism, Part 2

I’ve noticed that rock walls have shown up as a motif in my writing, so I’m going to develop some descriptive details to beef it up as a symbol in my Ireland vignettes. Rock walls have always been familiar and … Continue reading

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Claire: Symbolism, Part 1

When I teach symbol analysis in my classes, my technique is to have students draw a T chart and list the literal details (using actual quotations) an author uses to describe an object on one side of the chart, then … Continue reading

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Claire: Comfort Writing

I’m feeling a bit humbled by the world right now. Another mass shooting. Another potential war. Flooding out west. The challenges KHP and her relatives are facing. Weird weather changes (that are quickly becoming the norm) and the accompanying colds … Continue reading

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