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Why I Missed Last Saturday’s Stream

Rockaway Park, July 10th, 2020   Last Saturday, July 4th, was the first livestream that I have missed since the lockdown began in mid March. A sideways summer rain taps gently on my window. The bedroom curtains dance to the sirens. I am back in Rockaway this weekend. My father […]

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The Life Cycle of Frogs

East Durham, May Something-th, 2020    I promised her frogs. ”If you’re very quiet we might see frogs.” I’ve been promising this for weeks. Clearly having forgotten the precise timing of the life cycle of frogs, a life cycle that was so thoroughly imparted to me at St. Jospeh’s National […]

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Skimming Stones

East Durham, NY, Friday May 1st, 2020 I grew up in Meadowbrook, Riverstown, Glanmire, County Cork. Beside the Glashaboy river.  We had two television channels. We spent a lot of time by the river. Skimming stones and building rope bridges as children. Drinking cans as teenagers. It comes back to […]

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School Days Over Cover – Gig Cancellations

Rockaway, March 15th, 2020 Since we’re going to have to dig deep to get through the next few months, this old Ewan MacColl mining song came to mind.  This next week of gigs are cancelled, with further cancellations very likely. It’s the socially responsible course of action, but it’ll be […]

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A D- Day Veteran Makes Me Promise to Get a Fishing Rod

Rockaway Beach, NY Feb 24th, 2020 It’s a quiet time. A strange time. I’m keeping my ears piqued and my antennae fine tuned to find new stories and songs and opportunities. It’s a strange time,  an in between time, a quiet time, a divisive time, a February time, a rest […]

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Man Vs. Machine

Machine: Say and spell first name Me: Saoirse. S-A-O-I-R-S-E Machine: I did not get that. Me: Saoirse. S-A-O-I-R-S-E Machine: I did not get that. Try this format. Mary. M-A-R-Y. Me: Saoirse. S-A-O-I-R-S-E Machine: I did not get that. Try this format. Mary. M like moon -A like apple-R like river-Y […]

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Turning Sound Into Soilds

Rockaway, October 29th, 2019 Modern living can be abstract.   I’m making soup. Turnips, onions, garlic, celery, cauliflower, carrots and sweet potatoes. I played at Saugerties Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning and my tip jar included two big bags of vegetables. In an age of digital pennies and virtual likes, […]

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