Sandia Fresca

This article was published in the July 2014 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Shandy—the sweet mix of lager and lemon Fanta—reminds me of summer in Ireland. One sip of the honey-colored brew and I am transported back to a stunning Saturday afternoon in June, 2006, when I found myself…

Passages

This week marks what would have been Grandma’s 81st birthday. In 2002 she died of bone and pancreatic cancer. It was a relatively quick process. They found cancer in December, just before Christmas, and she was gone by the end of April. I make note of this because I’ve been thoughtfully contemplating passages. As I…