Archive for December 2014

Christmas Through Irish Eyes and Song

Christmas Through Irish Eyes and Song
My ancestors came here from Ireland during the potato famine. They weren’t alone. Millions like them fanned across the country, replicating their spirit and traditions in places like Cincinnati, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Boston. And of course, Chicago. Tucked in their hearts, they carried Irish stories and music. Wrapped them together to remind them of... Read more »

Scotland: Beyond Bagpipes, Kilts, and Nessie

Scotland: Beyond Bagpipes, Kilts, and Nessie
When my son was a little boy, one of his favorite films was Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. He could recite the words to the Freedom Speech from Braveheart by heart. From his childhood bedroom, the shouts of “Freedom!” echoed down the hallway. Although my boy has the blood of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestors running through his veins, it is... Read more »

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa
My limited knowledge of Uganda conjures up nightmarish news coverage of Idi Amin and the atrocities of his violent reign during the 1970s. Decades later, when I saw the film, The Last King of Scotland,” I was reminded of Amin’s cruelties and how horrific the world seemed when I was a teenager. Yet after Amin... Read more »
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