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2014 Ireland Tours of the Thin Places

$2099 per person (land)

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Ireland's West Coast

Lots of travelers who visit Ireland see the popular sites that have been beefed up by the Irish Tourism Board so that they can comfortably handle lots of people at one time. These are the famous attractions - The Cliffs of Moher, Newgrange, Blarney Castle, Kilarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Burren, Connemara. And these are most worthy sites.

THIN PLACES TOURS ARE DIFFERENT
My tours are a bit different. The focus of my tours is "thin places" or places where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. These are mystical places connected to heroes, legends, stories of people from the Otherworld. These sites have been sacred for thousands of years. They are often part of "hidden Ireland."
The part of Ireland that isn't in the guidebooks or on most of the coach tours.

DISCOVER THE NORTH - MAY 15-25, 2014
Join Mindie for one of the most comprehensive tours of Ireland's north region. 10 Days. 10 Counties. 39 sites. 1000 miles. Tour guests will see sites rarely mentioned in the guide books such as the Dark Hedges, Beltany Stone Circle, St. Patrick's Chair and Well, the Wee House on Malin Head. Plus the old favorites such as the Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Navan Fort Donegal town are also included. A special addition to this tour is an overnight on Tory Island, an inhabited island off the coast of Donegal.

For full details visit the Thin Places Mystical Tours website.

CASTLES, SAINTS & DRUIDS- SEPTEMBER 11-21, 2014

This 10 day guided tour covers the southeastern region of Ireland. 10 Days. 10 Counties. 26 sites. 700 miles traveled. The focus of this tour is sites associates with kings or chieftains, monastic settlements and megalithic sites used in the old pagan rituals. All of these sites are "thin places" or places where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. Featured on the tour are 7 Castles including Charleville and Leap - two of the most haunted sites in all of Ireland. Guests will also stay overnight in Barberstown Castle, a 13th Century fortress that has been renovated to become Ireland's only 4-star castle hotel. Additionally, guests will visit Glendalough, the Rock of Cashel, the Glen of Aherlow, Kilkenny and Kildare.

For full details on the Castles, Saints & Druids tour, visit the Thin Places Mystical Tours website.

This tour will be a life-changing experience. You will never be the same - you'll find something in Ireland - something that is specifically for you.

The complete information on the tour, itinerary, list of sites and registration is on the Thin Places Tour website. Please visit it and consider "coming home to Ireland."

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Haunted Eastern Shore by Mindie Burgoyne

Haunted Eastern Shore
Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake

by Mindie Burgoyne

Now in its 7th Printing!


ISBN: 1596297204
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160 Pages
Published by History Press
Haunted America series

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Book Description:

They walk beside the murky waters of the Chesapeake Bay, linger among the fetid swamps and roam the manor halls.... read more

PREVIEW SOME HAUNTED STORIES ...
Big Lizz | Capt. Leonard Tawes  |  Crisfield Tales   |  Hanging Tree  |  Hope House  | Kitty Knight House  |   Patty Cannon  |  Richardson Maritime Museum   |  Marshall Price -Murder of Sallie Dean  |  Shoal Creek Manor  |  St Paul's Cemetery - Rock Hall   |  Tales From Down Below, Lower Dorchester  |  Two Haunted Tales from Somerset  |  Whitemarsh Cemetery  | Willson's Chance - Ghost of Annie Belle Carter  |  Wish Sheppard - Caroline Jail

 

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5 Facebook Tips for Writers

I have over 211 Facebook friends who are writers.  I have personally met only 56 of them - most only once or twice at a conference or seminar where I presented.  Out of the 211, I would call about 30 personal friends or people I would miss if they weren't in my life.  If any one of these 30 writers asked me to spread the word about a new publication, or highlight an event, or help with making some connections - I would do my best, and be happy to help.  I am a strong connection for these folks - as they are for me.  The relationship with 26 of these 30 friends was developed and strengthened through Facebook - in some cases, Facebook is the ONLY platform used to develop the friendship.

How long would it have taken me to develop connections like that outside of Facebook?  One good friend is better than 100 acquaintances.  Through these friends and their connections, I've been granted interviews, gotten introductions, connected with agents and new publishers, and had doors open for new opportunities both in writing and in speaking.

Here's 5 tips for Writers who want to make the most of Facebook:

  1. Keep the status' short. - Think of your status post as a headline in a newspaper.  What is going to make people stop scrolling down the newsfeed and read your post?  If you continue to offer posts people find interesting, they'll make it a point to stop at your name in the Newsfeed.  The shorter the post is, the more likely it will be read. 
  2. Comment, comment, comment - The most powerful tool in social media is the comment feature.  Being able to talk back makes the platform social.  Use this feature 10X more than the post feature, that is ... focus on others 10X more than you focus on yourself.  Interest in others builds strong relationships.
  3. Do post links to articles, blog posts, and interesting material on the web, but make it only 1/3 or less of your total postings.  If you become a "one topic poster" interest in your Facebook posts will wane.  Your Facebook profile should tell about you, the person ... who is also you the writer.
  4. Be mindful of how often you post - About 70% of my wall posts are done from my phone, because my job takes me on the road.  You want to post often enough that people remember you, but not so often that your bore your friends to death, or clog up their newsfeeds.  If you cant think of something interesting to put in your status bar, then comment on others' posts.  Make it sincere.  I try to post something daily... even if only comments.
  5. Use your sense of humor - If you have a sense of humor, here is where you'll profit from using it.  People always stop and read the posts of funny people.  Humor gets the most consistent exposure, and helps develop more relationships with less effort. 

Be conversational, interested in others, offer some interesting content, but most of all .... give your facebook friends a little insight into who YOU are. 

 

10 Tips for Travel To Ireland

Mount Brandon - Dingle - ten trips for travelTen ways or tips for getting the most out of your Ireland vacation ...

1. RENT A CAR IF POSSIBLE: Many first-time American visitors will use a tour bus for the land portion of their trip because they are fearful of driving in a foreign country, on the wrong side of the road on the wrong side of the car. If you are a good driver, you will be able to handle driving in Ireland. If you're a little nervous, rent a car with an automatic transmission. It costs more, but shifting is one less thing to think about while driving.

The flexibility of having your own car is twice or three times the value of being dependent on a second party. Also, it's often cheaper to make your car rental reservations on line when you book your airfare. I use Orbitz and Travel Zoo. You can specify the size of the car, insurance choices and standard vs. automatic, and it will be ready for you when you arrive at the airport.

2. GET A GOOD ROAD MAP OR TWO: - I always use two different maps - .... read full post.


 

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