I spent the last two days immersed in the Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing. In Section Five of Feature Writing, I reflect back on a weekend which has changed my perceptions forever.
The idea of building connections between all the Waterfords of the World has been on my mind for a number of months now. However, the idea truly came alive last Sunday when I had the opportunity of meeting with The First Selectman of Waterford, Connecticut, Mr. Daniel Steward to discuss it. In Section 5 of Social Bridges, I describe this meeting which took place as I had the honour of driving him through Waterford City and out along the Copper Coast to lovely Stradbally.
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An excellent article on ‘Family Caregivers and Palliative Care: Current Status and Agenda for the Future,’ by Hudson, P. and Payne, S. which was published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine can be read on http://ow.ly/530az
George Bonanno’s book, The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss, is thought-provoking and challenges many conventional views about bereavement. I have written about the aspects of this book which I found particularly interesting in Section 11 of Losing Elderly Parents.
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and has a long and rich history. Jack Burtchaell, historical geographer, has been giving guided tours of Waterford for the last 21 years and is a key figure in passing on the history of the City. In Section Three of Social Bridges, I write about the wonderful insights which I gained into Waterford’s past during a very memorable tour with the inspirational Jack Burtchaell.