I went to Ireland one summer when I was very young. I was inspired by Joyce and wanted to explore my heritage, and I set out alone. I met other travelers along the way, and now it seems like a distant memory. I started in Dublin. I went to the Sandymount shore, and went into Joyce’s Martello Tower. I hitchhiked across the country to Galway. I walked through farmlands on the Cliffs of Moher. It was an incredible experience. I don’t know that much about the history of Ireland. All I know comes from the writers and poets, especially the Joyce family. I’ve read over the years, and today, on St. Patrick’s day I wanted to give tribute to the Irish people, so much a part of me.