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May 13, 2018


Beautiful. -- DL

Beautiful and poignant. I’m sure she would be very proud of the musician, father, and poet you have become.

Thanks, Abbie.

Thank you, DL.

a brilliant evocation of the way time and memories harmonize to create the melody of our lives....I wish I'd known her, though ever since we met over forty years ago, I feel as though I do...

Thank you, mo chara.

Evocative indeed. Glad you had the visits man. Likely the foundation for the words of comfort and peace you offer me.

Thank you, Mr. Murray.

Terence Winch’s “Mother’s Day” poem reminded me of his outstanding 2004 book, "That Special Place: New World Irish Stories." I beg his and all BAP blog readers’ indulgence in lifting the following from my Irish Echo review of that book: “Nothing in 'That Special Place' is more moving than the author’s descriptions of his mother, who suffered terribly near the end of the cancer that killed her when she was 55 and he was 16. ‘My mother died in January of 1962, before people like us had things like tape recorders,’ Winch writes. ‘As far as I know, her voice was never recorded. I long now to hear what she sounded like. Did she have much of a brogue? Did she sound smart, funny? I can’t remember at all what her voice was like.’” Part of the reason you’re so accomplished a writer, Terence, is to give your voice to hers. It’s also part of what you give all of us: “the soul’s story.” I’ll wager Bridie was whispering all along.

Earle---Thank you so much for this lovely and, as always, insightful response.

Beautiful, simply beautiful

Thank you, Tomas.

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