You'll find stones like this everywhere, ripped out of mountains by the ice sheets that covered this land, transported back and forth as they moved, and then deposited when they melted. Sometimes they are obviously very different than the stone around them -- granite in limestone country, for example. These are in Tuamgraney, County Clare.
Let’s say our modern culture of consumerism and mass media has not been entirely beneficial. Let’s say we have lost the self-reliant skills, classical education and common values that were once ubiquitous. Let’s say our consumption has grown exponentially, and our supply of fossil fuels or carbon sinks turns out to be finite.
Let’s posit a long emergency ahead – not an action-movie apocalypse, but a slow conversion into a more traditional world.
And let’s say you have a daughter.