Nature

Celebrating Samhain, by Orla O’Connell from “The Way of the Seabhean”

Throughout October, Trasna will focus on the Celtic festival of Samhain, known better to Americans as Halloween. The holiday originated in Ireland and celebrates that time of year when the veil between this world and the next grows thin, and life seems more mysterious. This week we feature a blog piece by writer Orla…

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MARK GRANIER reads from Ghostlight: New & Selected Poems

Throughout October, Trasna will focus on the Celtic festival of Samhain, known better to Americans as Halloween. The holiday originated in Ireland and celebrates that time of year when the veil between this world and the next grows thin, and life seems more mysterious. This week we feature award-winning poet, photographer, and filmmaker, Mark…

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Nature Comes to Lowell

For weeks I had noted the increasing height of the plants shooting up from the untended compost pile in the corner of our backyard. With 20-plus years of accumulated organic matter, there was no telling what was growing. One recent morning when I let our 12-year old Yellow Lab Ivy…

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“Towards a Wild Ecology of Being” by Clare Mulvany

Located primarily in the northwest of County Clare, the Burren, is one of the world’s most unique landscapes. It means “great rock” in Irish (Boireann), and is dominated by thick successions of sedimentary rocks, often compared to a lunar landscape. In the following essay and series of photographs, Clare Mulvany take…

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Old Frog Pond Farm update

It’s harvest time on Old Frog Pond Farm so Linda Hoffman reports being busy with raspberries, butternut squash, and tomatoes. But the farm is not exclusively a working farm; it is also a cultural site and this week, Linda did a post on the upcoming arts events. Here are the…

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“Galápagos Islands” and Other Haikai and Poetry from “ELSEWHERE” by Maeve O’Sullivan

If 2020 is the year for armchair travel, Maeve O’Sullivan’s Elsewhere provides readers with an epic trip. Now in its fourth edition, it features haiku, haibun (a mix of prose and haiku), and long-form poetry. The writing captures a solo, around-the-world journey that took place in the fall of 2016…

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“After the Storm” by Nancye Tuttle

Thanks to Nancye Tuttle for sharing this story which originally appeared in the Portland Press Herald. After the Storm By Nancye Tuttle ‘Don’t pick up the baby. Whatever you do, don’t pick up the baby.” My father-in-law’s voice boomed over the intercom from the flying bridge of his vessel, the…

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CATHERINE DREA “Beginning Again”

In this photo essay, Beginning Again, contemplative photographer, writer and award-winning blogger, Catherine Drea reflects on the experience of being in lockdown during COVID-19. Her place is rural County Waterford in south-east Ireland and her reflections and stunning photographs show us the art of paying attention, always with an eye…

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