Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
his soj
ourn in Northern Ireland'

A diary update and video clips
from our Donegal holiday


Jon Kennedy  

JONAL ENTRY 1298 | JULY 9 2013

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

— from the Epistle to the Romans chapter 7, from today's
Orthodox lectionary readings
See the homelitical thought below.

Diary: On Sunday evening I gave my third lecture in a local church, my third since getting here and perhaps the most highly praised one I've ever given, at least outside the college classroom setting. (One class actually put on a birthday party for me when I was their teacher.) It's not seemly to boast, but I mention it in the way of showing how life and opportunities are better here for me than in the SF Bay Area, as I had guessed they might be; I had only two invitations "back home" to talk after my Everything books were released (and no more after those, some years back), and I had to "offer" to do those talks rather persuasivly to wrangle those. Networking is generally easier here, despite my 40-years-plus of residence in Santa Clara County and years of teaching in a local college, ministering at the major university campus for more years, being the editor of a string of California magazines and newspapers, and being the founding director of a writers networking service (Writers Connection) for a term in the '80s. I've been invited to participate at the major writers confab in all of Ireland later this month (with my expenses paid), and a friend called a BBC station here to get me an invitation to do an interview on C.S. Lewis and at this writing that is tentatively set to come about.

Apparently, last summer Ireland had no days like the week we are having here now. Today the high is predicted to reach 75F, which feels like 85 (because of Ireland's humidity) compared with 75 in San Jose. And the icons on my smart phone are promising more of the same throughout the week.

As promised last time, below are some video clips of our week in Donegal at the end of June, to supplement the stills I posted last Thursday.

Click the > on the video above to play it. After the video launches, you can double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. If your browser cannot open the video in Windows Media format, you can try it on YouTube, here.

The short clip above begins on our journey northeast from Belfast to County Donegal and includes our stop in Ramelton (which I incorrectly identied on camera as another town in the area, Rathmullen).

Click the > on the video above to play it. After the video launches, you can double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. If your browser cannot open the video in Windows Media format, you can try it on YouTube, here.

The second, about four minutes, captures our arrival at the "self-catering cottage" (actually a modern very well furnished house) and our journey to the lighthouse at the end of the Fanad Peninsula.

Click the > on the video above to play it. After the video launches, you can double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. If your browser cannot open the video in Windows Media format, you can try it on YouTube, here.

Finally, this under-six-minute clip captures highlights of our visit to Portsalon on Wednesday, the only sunny day after our first evening. Portsalon boasts what some say is the second most beautiful beach in the world. I haven't seen nearly enough beaches to argue or corroborate that, but it works for me.

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Homiletical thought: Paul is here putting his finger on the reason no one is in a position to judge (condemn) his neighbor, for none of us are blameless.

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The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I said it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, "What on earth are blind people doing driving?!"

Thought

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