The sun on tired brick is grace | 9/4/2010
random novel chapter... | 8/7/2010
adoration | 6/10/2010
pilgrimage | 5/21/2010
To the Immaculate Virgin, On A Summer Afternoon | 12/27/2009
"Summer Storm: After Planting" and "To Jesus on Holy Saturday" | 12/6/2009
creative writing, episode two | 10/14/2009
all the way to heaven | 10/13/2009
creative writing | 9/10/2009
a song about life | 8/3/2009
Tommy MacMaster | 6/9/2009
Branches in the puddle on the sidewalk | 5/4/2009
given | 4/3/2009
redemption | 3/24/2009
to live everything | 1/6/2009
October at Home | 11/5/2008
to live | 10/5/2008
home | 9/8/2008
half empty | 9/8/2008
Eire | 8/12/2008
cold stone castle | 7/24/2008
walking home | 6/20/2008
I never knew | 4/22/2008
Love is always a promise... | 3/22/2008
wanderer | 3/16/2008
i left in a hurry | 2/10/2008
on the eve of nineteen | 12/20/2007
Ode (O You who have loved me) | 12/20/2007
and one white dove | 10/15/2007
All You Dreamed | 10/1/2007
broken feet | 8/26/2007
old world | 8/9/2007
o solitude of emptiness | 6/12/2007
On Life and Love | 5/19/2007
excerpts | 5/8/2007
Robert Frost on Forever | 1/23/2007
Holy Ground | 1/2/2007
Sonnet of a Monday Afternoon | 10/27/2006
september | 9/6/2006
journaling irish music week | 7/31/2006
Rhapsody in Green | 7/21/2006
Go in peace... | 6/1/2006
*drum roll* Turkish Delight, episode 3 | 4/3/2006
Half-full of Heaven | 3/27/2006
Anything You Want | 2/23/2006
What is Beauty? | 2/1/2006
Turkish Delight, episode 1 | 1/12/2006
Turkish Delight, episode 2 | 1/12/2006
Arnold Cemetery Memoirs | 12/2/2005
silence | 11/3/2005
Laurus . . . a short story | 10/10/2005
The Wizard's Ball | 9/24/2005
Reflections | 9/8/2005
inspiration | 6/29/2005
free | 4/21/2005
Thoughts on John | 3/16/2005
Arbitratus... a short story | 2/24/2005
The Ballade of the Mother | 1/26/2005
New Year's Eve Prayer | 1/1/2005
In Defense of My Home-Education | 11/11/2004
And the Lie is Sold | 11/5/2004
Bare feet... | 8/17/2004
Freedom | 7/6/2004
A Nature Trio | 6/14/2004
My Own "You Know You're a Home-schooler When..." | 4/23/2004
Clay | 3/13/2004
Thoughts concerning my frequent desire to live in another time. . . | 1/24/2004
Victory? | 6/11/2003
Tolkien, His Work and Our World Today | 5/19/2003
Sand | 5/12/2003
No Greater Love: A Reflection on Christ's Words, and Literature | 4/25/2003
St. Patrick | 3/5/2003
A thought, as we drive home, concerning Middle Earth | 3/5/2003

Age: 31

Favorite word(s): unswerving, evocative, hallowed, darling, fealty, tatterdemalion

Status: Homeschool Graduate

Who am I?

I'm Aisling (pronounced Ash-LEEN). It's a gaelic name, meaning "dream, or vision." I'm half Irish, and half a lot of other W. European ethnicities, and I love it.

I'm the second of five--four sisters, and a little adopted Colombian brother. Between them and my parents, I'm crazy blessed. I couldn't ask for a better family.  

I am Roman Catholic. Catholicism to me is a way of life. What I believe about God is what gives meaning to everything else. The Incarnation--that God has become a human being like me and pitched His tent among us--is what wakes me up and lays me down and fills the in-between. 

I was homeschooled all the way. I loved it. I am every day more convinced how integral it is to the authenticity, maturity, and capability of an individual to have a wholistic, structured, personal, faith-based, and meaningful education. 

I love life. And the little things that make is so beautiful. Like garlic bread, barely-ripe fruit, jewish rye, white pizza, coconut macaroons, pesto, herbal tea...good smells, like books, crayons, rain, olive oil, shea butter...earthy colors like dark olivey greens, browns, rosebud pink, slate blue and navy, auburn, and grey...trees, especially willows, sycamores, tulip poplars, and, especially acoustic guitar, piano, bongos, tinwhistles, violins, hornpipes, waltzes, Strauss, Rich Mullins (greatest Christian song artist of all time), Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman, Rush of Fools, Jon Foreman, swing music, and traditional Irish...literature, J. R. R. Tolkien (my all-time favorite author), C. S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, George MacDonald, Elizabeth George Speare, George Eliot, Meriol Trevor, Allen French, Charles Brady, Wendell Berry, and Charles Dickens.

In my leisure time I read and write and sometimes sketch things. I also like taking photos, making greeting cards, playing badminton, watching good movies, playing music, and ceili dancing. I love good poetry. I love baking. I love going barefoot. I love watching stars. I love holding a baby, and having their "whole world fall asleep on my shoulder" (I can't remember where I heard that...a poem somewhere). I love standing before an ocean, half thrilling and half terrified at how huge and how powerful it is. I love falling asleep in a puddle of moonlight. I love having into-the-wee-hours sister talks in bed.I love praying, writing :), being with my family. I love loving life.


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