The Dorrance

 Alex Trebek: “5 people you would like to have dinner with at The Dorrance.”
Salvador Dali: “Who are LL Cool J, Amy Winehouse, Andy Warhol, Alex from Clockwork Orange and Audrey Hepburn?”

 

~Michael Lesterthe-dorrance-5th-20

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showing you the way, scaring off thieves and demons . . .

“In Venice in the Middle Ages there was once a profession for a man called a codega–a fellow you hired to walk in front of you at night with a lit lantern, showing you the way, scaring off thieves and demons, bringing you confidence and protection through the dark streets. ” 

 
~Elizabeth Gilbert

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when good things happen . . .

 

Every small town has its cafe where locals gather to sip coffee and take up parts of the paper or talk of the weather. The waitress writes down their orders, not needing to ask what they want. The The Looking Glass Cafe is such a place. Formally Sammie’s Restaurant, My daughter Samantha and I used to ride our bikes there for breakfast where she literally thought the place was just for her. It kind of was . . .
I have enjoyed exhibiting my photography at The Looking Glass Cafe over the years and occasionally one or two will sell, covering my tab for awhile.
A couple of days ago I returned from Ireland to receive a phone call from the cafe saying that there was a man who wished to purchase ALL of my photographs on the spot. His wife had recently died from ovarian cancer and she was a local artist from Princeton, NJ.This man with the power of example, loved paying it forward and supporting local artists in his travels. 

I said yes. 

The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. They help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, the arts are salve for the ache.

This holiday season, please genuinely support your local artists.

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~dlb

The hole of sorrows in Ireland . .

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Poulnabrone dolmen

This dramatic site, on the karstic limestone pavement of the Burren, is one of the most famous Irish dolmens. The name Poulnabrone literally means ‘The hole of the sorrows’.
The thin capstone sits on two 1.8m (6ft) high portal stones to create a chamber in a 9m (30ft) low cairn. The eastern portal stone was replaced in 1985, following a discovery that it was unfortunately cracked; excavations during the repair showed that this site dated back to about 2500 BC.
Uncremated remains were found in the chamber, its portico, and in the grykes (crevices in the limestone floor). In particular, there were the main body bones of one newborn baby, six juveniles, and 16-22 adults. Only one of the adults lived beyond 40 years, and the majority were under 30 when they died. An analysis of all the fragments of disarticulated bones revealed a hard physical life and a coarse diet; it was further proved that the bones were naturally defleshed elsewhere (by exposure or burial) and only then moved within the chamber at Poulnabrone.
A number of grave goods were found in the tomb : a polished stone axe, two stone disc beads, a perforated bone pendant, part of a bone pin, two quartz crystals, flint and chert arrowheads and scrapers, and over 60 sherds of coarse pottery. This probably involved a ritual and reveal an exact planning, but the purpose remains unknown.
The dolmen is surrounded by a low mound, largely made up of stones, but it seems unlikely ever to have covered the whole monument. It is worth noting that in the same area there are about seventy other tombs, like the one at Gleninsheen.