Eternal Optimisim

Gables wilderness

The sad irony of history is that it repeats, even when the lessons are there in plain sight for us to see. And all humans are human which means that it comes down to science. Tiny chinks in the armor at the DNA level. They show themselves in the most grotesque manifestations, most not skin deep. People who act as if they are not even human at all. Perhaps they aren’t? Perhaps all the madness and cruelty are themselves faint glimmers of millions of years of evolution freeze-framed before our eyes in the present.  The precise moment when one species splits from another.  The eternal optimist in me believes these mutations will not survive. We are the fittest. They are weak and must resort to insanity to win the human struggle and thus are destined to fail. But not without leaving a wake of pain that will reverberate for generations. We must not forget.

A Summer for Irish Times

Well, it’s complete as it’s gonna get… for now.  See you on Instagram, and then on the flip side!


Time Difference
UTC = EST + 5

SUNDAY 20 JULY (Miami/Chicago)

American Airlines 1342
Miami (MIA) – July 20, 2014 10:20 AM
Travel Time : 3 h 15 m
Chicago (ORD) – July 20, 2014 12:35 PM

American Airlines 92
Chicago (ORD) – July 20, 2014 06:35 PM
Travel Time : 7 h 25 m

MONDAY 21 JULY (Dublin)

Dublin (DUB) – July 21, 2014 08:00 AM

Kellys Hotel
36 South Great Georges Street
Dublin, D2

Guinness Storehouse
Fallon & Byrne (food hall)
L. Mulligan Grocer (gastropub)  18 Stoneybatter; 353-1-670-9889; Dinner for two, without drinks or tip, is about 50 euros, or $65 at $1.31 to the euro.
777 (Dinner/Bar) 7 castle house, south great George’s street


The Fumbally (coffee/breakfast) Fumbally Ln, Dublin 8, Ireland
Trinity College (Book of Kells)
Damson Diner (lunch) 52 William Street South, Dublin 2
Royal Hibernian Academy (art) 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
Doheny and Nesbitt (traditional pub) 4-5 baggot street lower


Tour of Croke Park
The Winding Stair (good for sunset) 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland
Hugh Lane Gallery (art) Parnell Square North
Charelmont House, Parnell Square N, Dublin 1, Ireland
Chapter One (dinner reservation for 8pm) 19 Parnell Square N, Dublin 1, Ireland


Zimmern family fun

Kellys Hotel

Check-out (7:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Duration:​​ 7 days


Botanic Gardens
Crown Liquor Saloon
City Hall


Fairhead (cliff view!)


Kinbane Farmhouse B&B
85 Whitepark Road
Co. Antrim
BT54 6LP



Carrick-a-Rede (footbridge) 119a White Park Road, BT54 6LS
Bushmills Distillery
Giants causeway


Coopershill House, Riverstown, Co Sligo


Rossnowlagh beach
Drumcliff – Yeats (slieve bloom)
Ascend Knocknarea
Kylemore Abbey

Park House Hotel, Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway

St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church-Galway Market (Church Lane;, Sheridans Cheesemongers (14-16 Churchyard Street; 353-91-564-829;​


Hall of the Red Earl (free; Druid Lane;
Spanish Arch
Galway City Museum (free; Spanish Parade; 353-91-532-460;
Ard Bia at Nimmos (Spanish Arch, Long Walk; 353-91-561-114;
Town Hall Theater (Courthouse Square; 353-91-569-777;
Druid Theater Company Druid Lane Theater (Druid Lane; 353-91-568-660;
Crane Bar (2 Sea Road; 353-91-587-419; over the River Corrib to the West End “down the west”
Backstage Bar at Monroe’s Live (Dominick Street; 353-87-978-3245;
“the prom” — a seaside promenade providing views across Galway Bay to the rugged landscape of the Burren and leading into Salthill, a resort area past its prime but now dotted with hip bars popping up among the fading casinos.
– the Oslo for pint of locally brewed porter at (Upper Salthill; 353-91-448-390;,
– the homey Black Cat for wine and jazz in a Georgian town house (179 Upper Salthill; 353-91-501-007; A few doors down, it’s soccer on the projector screen and Zlaty Bazant on tap at Krcma (163 Upper Salthill; 353-91-582-233;, a Slovak-owned pub and a gathering place for the central European population.

Aniar (dinner) 53 Lower Dominick Street; 353-91-535-947;
Club Aras na nGael (social club) 45 Dominick Street; 353-91-567-824;


Kinvara fishing village
The Burren
The cliffs of mohar
Adare castle
1826 restaurant, Adare
Berkley Lodge B&B, adare

Butler Arms Hotel, Waterville


The old head of Kinsale
Butler House, 16 Patrick Street, Kilkenny


Reardens Bar on Washington Street (ask for Stuart Thompson friend of Winkles)




Unicorn food emporium for picnic
National gallery
Vintage cocktail club
NEDE (lunch or dinner) Meeting House Square, Sycamore St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Temple Bar Market in central Dublin, Silke Cropp sells her “Creemy” sheep cheese.
Forest Avenue (dinner) Ballsbridge – The space is inviting with an open, energetic kitchen as centerpiece and sturdy wood, soft fabrics, and pillowed banquettes that radiate a comfortable elan. Ingredient-driven dishes–like a salad of shaved asparagus, tangy capers, poached egg, radishes, and spring lettuce or a straightforward, elegant cod–shine on a constantly evolving tasting menu.

Murphy’s Ice Cream

Etto (lunch) – Etto may feel like a wine bar–a tiny, convivial space with white walls and neutral furniture–and offer a formidable selection of wines, but the real draw is the food under the direction of chef Barry Fitzgerald. At lunch, the meatball ragu and mozzarella sandwich was paired with tomato, fennel, and marjoram soup to produce a delightful combination of freshness and flavor. But Fitzgerald’s signature dish is fast becoming his ricotta and spinach malfatti, made with mousserons (delicate wild mushrooms), egg yolk, and sage butter.

Hot Stove, 38 Parnell Square West; 353-1-874-7778; Dinner for two, without drinks or tip, is about 75 euros.

Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen – Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen, 15 St. Stephens Green; 353-1-661-0075; Lunch for two, without drinks or tip, is about 20 euros. There’s sandwich bread and then there is blaa. This bread roll, made in Waterford, about 100 miles south of Dublin, was reportedly introduced to the town in the 17th century by Huguenot immigrants. The town is still making blaa — in fact, in November the European Union granted the blaa Protected Geographical Indication status — but it wasn’t until recently that you could find them outside Waterford.


American Airlines 291

Dublin (DUB) -August 3, 2014 08:55 AM
Travel Time : 7 h 35 m
New York (JFK) – August 3, 2014 11:30 AM

American Airlines 1451
New York (JFK) – August 3, 2014 02:30 PM
Travel Time : 3 h 30 m
Miami (MIA) – August 3, 2014 06:00 PM


A Trip Down MFA’s Memory Lane | Celebrating 75 Years in 36 Nica Hours

Susan Rubin is my favorite aunt, and she’s FABulous. MFA has always been this way. She calls me her first born. Ever since I was a kid, she caught my attention.  The globetrotter. The ringleader, bringing the family together with my uncle Mark, whether for sacred Passover seder on their Grove apartment balcony or down by the pool for a shlepy Sunday barbecue.  And those were the festivities on the home front.  Away, it was Snowmass at the ski-in, ski-out condo she’d arrange each winter, in front of the fireplace we’d gather after a day on the slopes – or in Susan’s case, shopping! – cooking dinner, being a family.  Our family.  The George Cinq?  I was welcome of course!  Crashed on the floor.  But what a floor it was. And those photos of the giraffes and lions, the printed kind, from far away lands and framed on her wall, a tribal fertility figure holding court on the floor below.  That’s my Susan. The memories flock, triangulate in layers behind her wings, spread as if guided by some invisible force fixed to the horizon. My blood like hers runs thick with wanderlust. It will always connect us. The thing is, it’s only part of why I love her so.

This past weekend a few of us gathered in Nicaragua at a magical place called Mukul Resort to celebrate her 75th birthday, and what a trip it was. We sipped Flor de Cana 25 yr in a tiny room, with wicker chairs for her and boyfriend Howard, passed out on hammocks on Manzanilla Beach while storms passed through with enterprising surfers in tow, dined by candlelight illuminating photos meticulously curated by cousin Stacie…  And laughed and laughed.  Hiking with cousin David, biking with Mom, the agony of World Cup defeat and the exhilaration of soccer pick up games, ages 9 to 33 welcome.  And did I mention hot meals on both my internet-booked flights?!  More memories, all love, and forever traveling her way.  Always my Susan.