New Wheel Invention …

Coming: April 27, 2012  

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Journalism à la Lucci — What the News Industry Should Note in the Demise of Cultural Icons

Last week, social media buzzed about the departure of a 41-year-old soap opera and a 31-year-old band. Ironically, most of the keening about the demise of All My Children and R.E.M. spoke of content from three decades ago. Sorry for your nostalgic pangs, folks. It’s the law of demand (abandoned) and supply (diminishing). Brands and [...]

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Dog and Butterfly – A Tribute to Santa Claus

This was one of my favorite songs as a child. I somehow still felt its melancholy, realizing it spoke to giving up dreams. On a June day as far from Christmas as you can get, I watched them bury Santa. The portrait at the Mass showed a man in suit and tie, but my gaze [...]

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By Your Side

Last month, international hispsters descended on Austin for two weeks of SXSW music, film and interactive festivals. In the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, we spent our days weaving through pedestrian herds. Or, as I like to refer to it, we played a skinny jean and vanity glasses version of Frogger. Two weeks of temperate weather, blooming [...]

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A Blessing for Ireland on Election Day

This last post regarding Ireland was delayed due to a nasty illness upon my return (as one friend suggested, I’m allergic to leaving Ireland). However, as today the Irish hold special elections in the wake of the financial crisis and EU bailout, it seems appropriate. Regular blogs return in March. An Irish friend called his [...]

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Come again?

I have a final blog to wrap up the Ireland trip that’s a reflection of economic and cultural shifts I’ve seen since the early ‘90s which I’ll post in a few days. However, as many of you have expressed interest in visiting my beloved country, I thought I’d share a brief list of things I [...]

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Thanks to Mary, Jan and Linda

The names above were my high school English teachers (blessed with the great fortune to have Mary Adams twice). These ladies helped a young girl with a passion for stories discover the layers of truly great work. The first time I remember absolutely sobbing while reading was our A Farewell to Arms assignment. I then [...]

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Soul-itude

As I sat in the hotel lobby waiting for my brunch partner, I was surrounded by gaggles of human, non-feathered hens in heels and a few sequins. I found it dressy for Galway, which I would equate as the more casual, more artsy little sister of Dublin — dare I say, the Austin of Ireland. [...]

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Life Gifts

Today, I received a life gift, as the benefactor referred to it: an enrichment one might otherwise have missed. I was offered a gracious tour of Inis Oírr, a lovely lunch with coffee (Oh, how I’ve missed you, my love), indulgence of my request to translate Gaelic poetry and the finest reward of conversation after [...]

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