Sunday, September 1, 2013

Renowned poet Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013

Newspapers alerted the world that Seamus Heaney, world-renowned Irish poet, died at 74 years of age. Mr. Heaney is hailed as one of the most important international literary figures in the last century, held in esteem by Ireland with Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Geroge Bernard Shaw. His poetry was both universal and specific, describing daily life in the context of politics and historical/contemporary events. Born in rural County Londonderry, his work first focused on his roots and later extended to classic themes. He had academic positions at Harvard and Oxford.
Prizewinning poet Sean O'Brien described Haney's contribution as follows. "We have lost our senior representative, one who embodied and sustained the value of the poetic art." "He showed that poetry, it's music in the ear, the mouth and the imagination, remains the most potent form of the examined life."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


As part of my annual quarter away from teaching at Antioch University Seattle, I am taking a 9-week trip to a variety of European countries. In support of discerning the focus and direction for the last third of my life, I will begin my summer travels by walking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Sacred Way of St. James) in northern Spain with my Swedish brylling (cousin) Karin. We will walk for 35 days between early July and early August, 2013, planning to complete the 450 mile/790 km from St. Jean Pied-de-Port in southwestern France (near Biarritz) to Santiago in northwestern Spain (about 50 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean). Karin and I have been talking about walking a pilgrimage since first meeting each other in 2007. Our trip begins by crossing the Pyrenees Mountains—nothing like leaping headfirst into the deep end of the pool!
The impetus for the timing of this trip is my attending The International Jungian Congress in Copenhagen (Köpenhamn) in mid-August.
After the Congress, I will meet a friend in London. We will first complete a 5-day trek in Wales: The Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
After our hike, we will return to London see the jolly old sights.
I will write now and then as I walk the Camino. I will access the internet occasionally when I am able to keep my eyes open after a long day of hiking. Blog address:
¡Buen Camino! Ruega por nosotros, por favor.
Bra Camino resa! Be för oss, tack.
Good Camino! Please pray for us.