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10/27/17 4:30pm
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The day was no more than an hour old when Ellen set out on Halloween for her hike.

Huge stones, which seemed to be growing out of the fields, looked purple in the new light. A stout wind cut across the flat limestone land where there was no vegetation to be seen, only rock. This place, called the Burren, stretches for miles across the western part of County Clare. (more…)

03/16/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Jeanne Marie Merkel in Mullaghmore, Ireland.

COURTESY PHOTO | Jeanne Marie Merkel in Mullaghmore, Ireland.

Join Jeanne Marie Merkel for an evening of Celtic music, poetry, image and storytelling at Friday Night Dialogues at the Shelter Island Library on March 18.

In her presentation, “Inner and Outer Landscapes of the Celtic Soul,” Ms. Merkel will reflect on her May 2006 vision quest in Ireland and what she learned about the Celtic way of being in relationship to the earth, how it can enrich our inner lives and awaken our dedication to protecting the landscapes we love. (more…)