Cynthia Neale's Blog (4)

'The Irish Milliner,' Fourth Novel in 'The Irish Dresser' Series

It is New York City and the Civil War is brewing. Norah McCabe, an Irish immigrant who escaped the Famine as a child, is now a young widow with a daughter. A milliner, struggling to survive in tumultuous times, Norah meets Abraham Lincoln, befriends the extraordinary African-American woman Elizabeth…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on February 10, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

A Woman Needs a Woman to Pray To!

It is a frigid-2 degrees morning with glittering sun-gold snow mounds and I am in need of prayer. I’ve been weakened by the flu and the vicissitudes of life. And yet I am hopeful and grateful this day, even if another foot of snow looms ahead. It is St. Brigid’s Day, February 1st. And because freedom to believe and…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on February 1, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

'Christmas Flavors' Challenge: St. Tola Cheese and Basil Tart with Spiced Cranberry Jam

This recipe is a perfect Christmas party canapé to serve to guests, but because I didn’t have a party to host or a potluck to attend, I nearly ate the entire plate after I made them. The goat cheese filling with just a hint of basil and nuts is delicate and flavorful,…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on December 3, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Listening to Ghosts

I desire silence. I want to be free from the noise that humans make. I fear I will never be free from this noise. I'm often in the woods and I still hear a car that is miles away or a plane flying overhead. And even my own sighing and thoughts can become too noisy. The sounds of…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on December 6, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

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