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It was a sad start to our day as we addressed tragedy among us. Although Memorial Day is not observed in Ireland, it seemed an appropriate day for our travels through Yeats' Country. From Drumcliffe, where Yeats worshiped and was buried, to Sligo town, on to the abandoned manor of the Parkes family with it's poignant castle history, to Glencar waterfall where it does not seem improbable that fairies still await the willing human child, and finally to Gleniff Horseshoe where Dairmuid and Grainne hid from Finn McCool -- the day was filled with memory-invoking landscapes and stories of loss and hope. As you think about today's events, dwell on the role of memory of past stories and peoples as it relates to modern Irish culture. The Drumcliffe priest spoke of the area being 'thin': a place where the spiritual and the mundane are close to one another. If you felt this at any of the spots, feel free to talk about it.
The Stolen Child ~WB Yeats
How to write the Perfect Blog (AKA the 3-Rs of an A-blog)
A perfect blog entry will not only Recall and Reflect on what you, did, observed and felt during the day but will bolster your personal opinions and reflections with Research from outside sources (e.g., class readings from Laulima). A perfect blog will discuss ecology and culture and how they shaped what you experienced on that day. Include both text and images.