Brenda Kelliher

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I am of the Atlantic. As a child in Kerry, the southwest of Ireland, I learned that Greenland lies due west, Newfoundland just south of west, and that America lies southwest, beyond the setting sun. This was even before I learned to row in a naomhog, or steer a small sailboat. Kerry people have voyaged the Atlantic since the earliest times, so it was very simple to move and settle in the wider spaces, the warmer clime, the taller forests of tulip trees, scented with wild wisteria, of Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay - The Land of Pleasant Living.