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Ireland, childhood, Prose

Today, I taught my child to say "ephemeral".

by Evan Payne

Kerry — I remember when I first learned that marvellous, heartbreaking word. It was while reading Le Petit Prince, and the word was “éphémère”. Our teacher helped us grasp the meaning by comparing it to a shooting star in the sky, or a sandcastle on the beach. For the little prince, it was an essential part of a life worth living. Standing on the coast near our home, watching my daughter draw a castle...

Family, Scotland, childhood

The most beautiful place in the world

by Ellen Catriona

Portree — The natural beauty of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, is said to have inspired J.R.R. Tolkein as he wrote Lord of the Rings*. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Other natural wonders I’ve seen...

Travel, Fishing, childhood

As a kid, I loved fishing. Do I want to start doing it again? 

by Shu Kuge

Shinano — For J.’s birthday, we took a two-day trip to Lake Nojiri in Nagano. The lake is surrounded by tall mountains, and we didn’t see any unsightly developments. It turned out that C.W. Nicol, a Japanese wr...

summer, childhood, water

Summer Fingers

by John McAlester

Barrington — The thing that I love to do the most is to get right down on my knees, spread my fingertips apart and stick them into the grass just above the ground. Rush my fingers in between the weave of roots and...

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