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New York’s Irish Heart

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day…

NY's Manhattan Bridge

Photo: Toni Tan

“Scaffolding” by Seamus Heaney

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me,

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall,
Confident that we have built our wall.


You can this photograph and more of my work on zenfolio

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Eileen O’Toole and Roses

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment

It was my great pleasure to film my dear and talented friend from Ireland, Eileen O’Toole, during her New York visit. Here is Eileen’s moving rendition of Kevin Quain’s haunting song, Roses. It reminds me of Rumi’s words:

“First, he suffered from the troubles of the thorn, but in the end, everything turned into a rose for him.”