Pope Francis is visiting Ireland this weekend, the first pope to come since 1979. Of course, much has changed since Donna Summer and the Village People were on top of the music charts. This time, instead of an adoring crowd equivalent to a third of the population of Ireland, the pontiff is walking into protests, […]

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When my oldest son was a preschooler, he was fun, lively, and energetic essentially all the time.  We knew he was awake from the thump of his feet on the floor beside his bed, followed soon by a quick – if unsteady – run down the hall.  Weekend, weekday… it made little difference.  He was awake, and […]

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So far this year, we’ve hosted 7 short-term teams and been involved with many ministry partners, projects, and events.  As a result, we were just talking the with kids about how this is the fastest summer of all time!  It’s been great to be involved and active in the community. If you haven’t found it, […]

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At long last, I can finally say I have my Irish driver’s license. This is the culmination of a lengthy process with sometimes completely hidden steps along the way. There’s the theory test, which was made all the more stressful by the fact that the system crashed when I first went to take it, meaning […]

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Everybody rides the bus here. Now, I don’t mean to take anything away from the snobs who ride commuter rail, nor from anyone who inexplicably rides the Luas. I’m sure even those odd folks step aboard a blue and yellow Dublin Bus from time to time. The important thing to note is that, if you […]

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There are cardboard signs everywhere.  Notes on social media.  Protests.  Blog posts (like the one you just started reading!).  Pundits.  Politicians.  The topic of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution seems overall inescapable.  If you’re not aware, the 8th Amendment holds that an unborn child has as much right to life as that of […]

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If you’re involved in any form of social media, you’ve probably run across your fair share of awareness campaigns.  Seemingly every day is a “Day” for making the world aware of something or other.  And whether people are “standing with” a certain group, flying a virtual flag, adorning your profile with digital ribbons, or simply […]

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut.  (To be fair, I also wanted to be either a firefighter or a sanitation worker, as both of those professions allow one to hang onto the back of a truck as it drives down the road.  But that’s another story.)  By the time I […]

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Ever hear of an anticyclonic air mass?  Neither had I, until this week.  This is a meteorological phenomenon that, while not being extremely rare, sees storm systems spinning the opposite direction from what you’d expect.  I don’t know what causes it, but I can see the effects quite clearly.  Where Irish weather patterns are typically […]

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My birthday is a few days away.  I won’t say how old I’m turning, but it does mark a full quarter-century since I came of legal driving age in the States.  In a bizarre symmetry, I’m working toward getting my license again, this time in Ireland.  Now I won’t deny that, in the last 25 […]

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