Barefoot walking

Barefoot walking

Learning lessons from rocks Take off your shoes and leave them behind. Cast off distractions and give yourself the present of presence. While climbing Croagh Patrick as a child, I used to cast curious glances towards, and wonder about, the people who climbed "the Reek" in their bare feet, as penance for their sins against … Continue reading Barefoot walking

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Streams across borders

Streams across borders

Recently, I attended a talk by a Chinese professor of literature who is translating the novel "Finnegan's Wake" into Chinese, a task which is not to be taken lightly considering the circumstances. The author of "Finnegan's Wake" is James Joyce, the Irish author famed for his stream-of-consciousness & idioglottic style. Joyce uses words derived from … Continue reading Streams across borders