In this post, I write about a wonderful evening just over 24 hours before the Tall Ships arrive in Waterford for the long-awaited Festival. http://ning.it/kFeAps
My passionate interest in Waterfords of the World drew me out yesterday to visit Lord Waterford’s Curraghmore in Portlaw, Co.Waterford. I write about the wonders of this magnificent demesne, which were shown to me by the highly knowledgeable Basil Croeser, in Section Six of Social Bridges.
Waterford’s Tall Ships Festival 2011 will be in full swing from June 30th-July 3rd. With this very much in mind, I write about the diverse range of boats and boating activity which are central to our lives here in Co. Waterford. The article is in Section Six of Feature Writing.
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.
George Bonanno discusses ‘anniversary reactions’ in his book, The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss.
In Section Fourteen of Losing Elderly Parents, I write about my experience of such a reaction in relation to the loss of my father.
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.
Ambrose Congreve, who established the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens in Co. Waterford has died at the great age of 104. In Section Four of Social Bridges, I write a personal tribute to a remarkable man who has left us with a lasting legacy.
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
‘May Memories Blossom,’ which is in Section Thirteen of Losing Elderly Parents, highlights issues around the grieving process in situations where elderly parents die within a relatively short period of each other.