Our Irish Music Experience

Traditional Irish Music Ron and I are great appreciators of good music. If you enjoy a good jig, a lamenting tune, or perhaps cynical humor in a love song, Ireland is calling you! The musicians were all talented and enjoyed their craft. In each case we were also introduced to Irish dancers, performing and talking…

A Castle Indeed!

Kilkenny Castle I enjoyed the visit and history lesson that accompanied Kilkenny Castle. The property is well maintained after three phases of restorations. “The first phase of restoration in the 1970s saw the Picture Gallery wing refurbished. In the 1990s, the second phase restored interiors of the central block to the style of a grand…

The Dingle Experience

The Journey Continues Two nights in Dingle were relatively dry and the sun popped out for a bit. We started off with a walking tour of the community with Steven and his Irish Wolfhound. Truly a novelty to tour with a classic dog of the region, the guide was good too! (http://stephenmcphilemy.com) The small seaside…

Ireland: Day 1ish

The Ireland vacation has begun: Alleluia Great hiking at the Cliffs of Moher this morning. Occasionally, I will experience a place where a song jumps into your head and keeps looping. At the Cliffs of Moher it was “Alleluia”. As we walked along the Cliffs, taking in the beautiful green hills sprinkled with cattle on…

A May Day Transition

A May Day Transition Another rainy day in southern Minnesota. I keep thinking the sun will return and the energy of summer will come for us to enjoy. May 1st is a day I see as a day of transition – we transition from spring to commencement! I love graduation and the joy that embraces…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on the great work of my colleagues. Our students are so fortunate to have access to staff and faculty who dedicate every day to facilitating their education and ensuring a future that aligns with their career goals. In 2018 I am especially thankful for the quality…

Fun fragrance. Delightful memory. Cherished.

As I wondered through the grocery store looking at the variety of novelty offerings, I came across home-made bar soap. The fragrances were unique and then I saw it, “pipe tobacco and coffee” – I picked up the bar and closed my eyes – and inhaled. Ah, Grandpa Ulland. I remember visiting my grandfather early…

Holiday Wishes

Ron and Jeanine A brief update and holiday wish from us to you! Happy Holidays! 2018 has been a year of exploration, loss, and milestones. We finished 2017 with a trip to Paris and were delighted by the city, the food, and the people. This summer we enjoyed a trip to Norway and Sweden. We…

My Favorite Day Trips

Ah, fall in southeast Minnesota! The past week has been filled with beautiful colors throughout the southeast Minnesota region. I had a feeling this was going to be a colorful weekend, after a rainy and cloudy week. As I waited patiently for the sunshine, I started to make a list of my favorite day trips…