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The End of an Era!

Time and tide wait for no blogger . . . .

It’s hard to believe that my art appreciation feature is more than a year old: it took more than 150 posts (three times per week) to display all the digital reproductions of the book- and reading-related artwork that I’ve collected – and there are still many more “out there,” online! They didn’t garner many comments (just a few requests for artist identification), and some of my informational posts about writing have individually spiked a great many more views, but this has been the most consistently visited feature out of everything I’ve published, during seven years of blogging. Surprisingly, many of the pictures that were most popular with viewers were drawings, instead of paintings.

For the time being, this will be the end of the book-art blog posts as a regular feature; newly acquired pictures may appear on an irregular basis. Those of you who enjoyed the pictures may like to acquire some of them in the form of bookplates, to decorate and personalize books in your own library: about one-third of the pictures were adapted and published in the first two volumes of my papercraft project:

(The third volume is specially designed for cookbooks.) These books are currently available through Amazon.

Looking ahead . . . . My weekends-in-Ireland series, “A Virtual Irish Vacation,” will continue, until I finally run through all the books in my Irish research library, which will take some time! I have writing topics I’d like to visit or revisit, plus a short series of fun posters to publish for my blog readers who are also book writers, but blogging will  begin taking a back seat to the completion of my work-in-progress, The Passions of Patriots, as well as the tying up of loose ends on other publication projects, which have been delayed during the past few years of battling cancer and chronic autoimmune diseases. (I’d have much rather spent all that time writing and publishing!)

And I will, of course, be lurking in the blogosphere, to read, “like” and comment on your blog posts! 🙂


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Mira Prabhu – In Memoriam

When the news of Mira Prabhu’s death from cancer appeared, her name and image seemed familiar to me, but because I suffer from the neurological damage caused by hypothyroidism, pernicious anemia and chemotherapy, I could not remember the last time I had seen them. So I did a little digging, and discovered that she had been a follower of my Irish Firebrands blog since 2014 (the year before my own cancer diagnosis). Quietly and unobtrusively, she had thus lent her support to my blogging efforts, early in my online career. To the many other eulogies which have been written, I add my thanks to Mira Prabhu for her friendship of a little-known member of the worldwide blog community.


Mira Prabhu is now free from the torment of physical suffering caused by her cancer. Death claimed Mira at a young age when she was on the verge of becoming well known for her writings and spiritual novels. Mira left her body on January 6, 2019, in Tiruvannamalai, India, near the Holy Hill of Arunachala. Her ashes were sprinkled over the Holy Mountain.

Mira was a beautiful soul with a kind heart and I felt her warmth and love that she naturally had for Bhagavan Ramana devotees. We used to post each other’s blog posts on our respective blog sites. Mira often shared my FB posts on her wall. She was always generous in her comments and very supportive as we were both Bhagavan devotees.

Mira was a prolific and gifted writer. She was also a yogini and mystic. She was a devotee of Bhagavan Ramana and also followed Nisargadatta…

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Between a Pill and a Hard Place.

Why must I risk my life to take a drug that’s supposed to save my life,
when at the same time it robs me of the ability to live that life?

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