Visiting Howth with my Mam,Dad and brothers when I was young was the greatest gift of all.The days when my aunts and cousins joined us are beyond priceless memories to me now.We played football late into darkness and were treated to ice creams and fish and chips,lemonade and anything that our parents could give us most importantly their presence.I love the place and knew from an early age that travel was unimportant to me as this was the most special place on earth(after my home).There is definitely something deeply spiritual about Howth for me and I spent many days of my youth staring into the ocean wistfully after my Mother passed on and humming songs of my favourite bands The Smiths,R.E.M. and The Waterboys.I am even known now to hum in Icelandic.I remember a harshly cold November day in November 1998 when my Dad and I found a seal washed up on the rocks,helpless and pining for a return to the sea.My Dad insisted that we wait til The Seal Sanctuary arrived from deepest southside.We were both perishing but all that mattered to my Dad was the safe return of the seal to his family.Three hours later,the vets appeared and returned him to his proper envirnoment.My Dad and I obviously had to warm ourselves up beside the fire in The Abbey Tavern.The best part about Howth is not living there and being deprived of that feeling of getting of the Dart,turning the corner and each and every visit seeing it for the first time.
"I know this path by magic not by sight"
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"Happening in a flash,the rational processes of the brain are sidestepped".
Quite frankly,I have always struggled to understand what it is that motivates a person to take certain photographs and this line sums it up succintly.Personally,i find it very similar to that which inspires a Haiku poet. to record his emotion when faced with such a stimulant.They are purely of the moment.Such is the infinite mystery of the creation that surrounds us,naturally awe-inspiring light and beauty everywhere that there is no other option but to record it by whatever means you can.It's only the older that I grow the more I appreciate what is right in front of our eyes.The interconnectivity of it all is baffling and if this is one large random happening,that is a miracle in itself.
"Do i dare
disturb the universe?"
"The same blood
flooded through us
Red threaded through gold
Kerrie O Brien
I remember the first time that Karl told me Sharon was expecting a baby in early 2001.We were in a taxi coming home from a night out in town when Karly told me this mind blowing news.When I woke up the next afternoon,I thought that maybe i had dreamt this up.Thank God I hadn't and Benjamin George arrived in September 2001,our world was perfectly joyous.A year later our beloved Mia came along.It felt like a miracle,a female Symes,Given that Dad had three boys,i never knew what it felt like to have a sister so it was incredibly exciting.Then the twins came along.I will never forget the night they were born.A massive storm was blowing like a portent.They are the perfect yin and yang,they possess everything between them.Hilarious,such warmth and a charisma like I have never witnessed before in my life.Karl and Sharon,thank you for the greatest gifts of all,new life.We are forever in your debt.It gladdens my heart to think that Dad had fifteen years knowing and loving them.The grandchildren have the four greatest grandparents ever given to any children and will always be in them to guide them through life.I have no doubt that they will always do the right thing and that's the only thing that matters. You will never know how much light and joy that you have brought into our lives. Your adoring uncles j and Mark.
"Nobody slept. Everyone dreamt."
In my mind,the real heroes of this world do exceptional things,quietly and behind closed doors expecting nothing in return.Over the last three years I have no idea how Mark did what he did given that life wasn't particularly throwing gifts at him.How you kept your head up carrying both of us on your shoulders,I will never know.Your faith is a mystery to me.How someone so continually rained upon can have any light in their soul baffles me.I sincerely hope that God does exist just for you.(Also that we get to see our treasures again).Thank you for your unending patience and limitless generosity of spirit. j
"The soul of a man is of the imperishable substance of the stars!"
Just being around you,I was always so aware of the fact that life could never get any better.It always baffled me when people said "you don't know what you have got til it's gone".I lived and loved every moment of my precious time with you.You showed me what really matters in this life,family,nature and particularly the divine nature of dogs.There will not be one minute that passes where we will not think of you.My dearest,eternal friend.Please give Mam, Luca and Dino a massive hug from us all.A bientot,j.
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"Lots of people talk to animals......Not very many listen though.....that's the problem." Benjamin Hoff.
"No pandas,no polar bears,no ice,no dice".Bob Dylan.
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"I grieve the cloud children of the new machines".
"To know that you have enough is to be rich".
"The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter."