Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I’ve been thinking a lot about Ireland lately. Its been 2 years since my last visit and I must admit I miss the land of my ancestor’s and am going to have to start planning a sojourn back to the emerald island for Fall 08. There’s a writers workshop I would like to attend in Dingle and would love to travel up to Donegal one of the few cities I have not been to in Ireland. I know I’m very blessed to have such a good teaching job here on the coast of North Carolina however I feel as though it getting to be time for me to begin planning for the next chapter of my life. I have lived in Morehead City for 22 years and have worked as a teacher and administrator for the Community Colleges for over 25 years – since 1979.
Yes…I am so ready to do something else with my life. Thanks to the internet I can continue teaching online no matter where my travels take me so that’s not an issue – I just have to decide where i want to be in a year. I have thought about getting a loft in Wilmington NC and renting my house out in Morehead City – I have also considered leasing a house or country home somewhere in Southwestern Ireland and dive into my writing and photography – maybe even pick the painting again. Just like the Nike ad says…it’s just a matter of doing it. I know I can do anything I want if I just plan it out and put my mind into making it happen. There is no doubt that I have to leave this area in the next year or two. As beautiful as this areas is it’s sucking the life out of this city boy and I need to be in a new environment. There is something magical about Ireland.
Every time I go Ireland I feel as though I’ve arrived home. It’s almost as if I remember living there in another lifetime – its a feeling I don’t have about any other place and in fact, I feel more at home in Ireland than I do on Long Island where I grew up. I must go back at least part of the time…its just a matter of figuring out how to make it happen. If you can dream it you can do it!
Click Here for my Ireland Travel Journal 2002