Translations and Placenames

“We must learn those new names “¦ We must learn where we live. We must learn to make them our own.”On Monday night, I went to see Brian Friel’s modern classic play, Translations. Set in rural Ireland in the early 19th century, the action unfolds at a moment when the local people’s usual way of life is disturbed by the arrival of the British Royal Engineers. Read More Translations and Placenames

Egypt’s New World

Pop quiz hot shots: How many ex-Presidents has the United States had?  If you answered forty-three then you are correct. Forty-three times in less than three hundred years of existence, the United States has transferred power from one person to another. Cabinets have been reshuffled, all manner of employees have been hired or fired, and very little unrest has been felt by its citizens. Many of us go about our daily life thinking very little about this fact and what an incredible privilege it is to live this way. Read More Egypt’s New World