Pictures

Picture: North End Italian Jersey

  My Ma and sister went to the North End about a week ago and scooped up this awesome jersey.  

Poems

Poem: A racing country

I hear you say, with a cancerous rage, ‘LET’S TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!’ But where are you taking it back to, who are you taking it back with, and who are you taking it back from? Why are some people joining you, while others are not? Why do some people yearn for the past, while…… Continue reading Poem: A racing country

Commentary

Article from 2007: Reflections of a Concerned Young American

An article Reflections of a Concerned Young American for Pakistan Link when I was a senior at American University, Washington, DC. Unfortunately one sentence from the article still rings true today. Some have already begun the fight against ignorance and misunderstanding surrounding Islam, but citizens who continue to malign Islam without truly understanding the religion…… Continue reading Article from 2007: Reflections of a Concerned Young American

Pictures

Closed minds are ok… BUT…

Pictures

Picture: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

Personal · Religion

Benjamin Franklin’s Case for Pluralism

We can gain a sense of young Benjamin Franklin’s thoughts on religion in A Witch Trial at Mount Holly, which raised the concern of his Puritan parents that he held ‘erroneous’ religious opinions.  Franklin was not himself an emphatically religious man; while he believed in God, he did not subscribe to one particular creed.  What we do…… Continue reading Benjamin Franklin’s Case for Pluralism

Poems

Poem: Akbar

*Dedicated to Professor Akbar Ahmed He serves esoteric and philosophic truths, across the traditions, in pursuit of those truths, so that the darkness can be lifted, and the light can shine through. © Craig Considine

Journal

Rome Was Not Built Overnight

Something, though I can’t put my finger precisely on it, has come over my being within just a few days.  My hours, as of late, have been one’s dedicated to my studies and thoughts regarding morality, and more particularly, the life I have been striving to maintain for quite some time now.  Hardly any of…… Continue reading Rome Was Not Built Overnight

Travels

Wandering on a ridiculous road

From our trip to Glencolumbkille in Northwest Donegal, Ireland (June 2012). A breathtaking view on a windy little road. Truly spectacular and unforgettable.

Journal

Personal: Manifesto from 2008

Lately, I have been engaged in learning about the life of one of America’s Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson.  His writings have inspired me to live a more moral and virtuous life.  Oftentimes, I cease to ponder on my character and conduct, so it is humbling to learn about my self through someone else. Last night,…… Continue reading Personal: Manifesto from 2008

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Writing in the Devil’s Den

Poems

Poem: Spirit at Hemlock George

An inviting path, under the shade of a gigantic tree and the shadow of a bird flying above. The bird chirps, as another one sings. The aura is over me. * There’s an opening ahead, where the water, crashing at the falls eliminates the silence. There, on a small cliff, I stand, embracing the mist, which, ever…… Continue reading Poem: Spirit at Hemlock George

Pictures

The intellectual haven

I’m at home, relaxing, with all my books, surrounded by so much potential knowledge that I’m really not even sure where to begin.  Overwhelming at times, as you could imagine.

Pictures

Picture: At home with a habana and soft mohawk

Work

New challenge in Ph.D. process

I learned today that the Department of Sociology would like me to take on a new challenge: to teach the Junior Sophister (JS) module ‘Researching Society’.  This third-year course is a step up from what I’ve been teaching for the past two years – Introduction to Sociology at the Junior Freshman (JF) level.  I’m happy…… Continue reading New challenge in Ph.D. process

Work

Editor in action

I’ve blogged about this many times, but just to reiterate, I served as the Editor for the Trinity College Dublin Journal of Postgraduate Research, Volume XI.  Here are some action pictures from the launch event, which were taken by friend and great photographer, Robbie Fry. © Robbie Fry Photography

Pictures

Homemade pizza

One of my favourite aspects of Dublin is the evening time in spring and summer, when the sun is still out at 9:30, even 10:00, where I can enjoy the European ‘beer garden’ atmosphere at my home in the Liberties.  On this occasion, Melony and I decided to try something new – some homemade pizza, of course…… Continue reading Homemade pizza

Pictures

Pictures: Photo shoot

Film-work · Travels

My ‘Dirt road in Santorini’ video

I rented a cheap little car and was told ‘not to go off-roading’.  But what did that mean?  What is considered ‘off-roading’?  These are two questions I certainly contemplated before taking the car down a dangerous path to the famous and isolated Kambia Beach in the middle-of-nowhere, Santorini.  Would I make the car back up…… Continue reading My ‘Dirt road in Santorini’ video

Film-work · Travels

The greatest view known to man?

Pictures

παράδεισος

The title above means paradise in Greek.  It’s where I’m at right now.

Work

My forthcoming publication in Metro Éireann

I’m excited that Metro Éireann is publishing my article on the story of my Pakistani friend here in Dublin.  The article is set to be published on May 1st. Below is some information cut and pasted from Wikipedia. Metro Éireann is Ireland’s multicultural newspaper. It is published by Metro Publishing and Consultancy Limited. The tabloid-format paper was established by…… Continue reading My forthcoming publication in Metro Éireann

Quoted

New survey confirms quote on sexuality in University Times

In February, a journalist from TCD’s University Times asked me a few questions on Irish youth and their position towards sexuality.  Rachel Levin paraphrased our conversation: Sociology Lecturer Craig Considine explains this silence. ‘Now that people are turning away from the Catholic Church, who is the authority on sex? Who has the credibility to advise?…… Continue reading New survey confirms quote on sexuality in University Times

Personal

Year 2 of Ph.D. complete!

At least this’s true as it concerns the two terms of teaching, which just finished as of yesterday here at Trinity College Dublin. It’s safe to say that it has been a successful academic year for me.  I have accomplished things I never imagined I would carry out.  I have grown not only as a student…… Continue reading Year 2 of Ph.D. complete!

Personal

Playing soccer back in the day

Once upon a time, I was a pretty lethal striker on the soccer pitch.  When I was about 9 or 10, I had something like 6 goals in one game.  It’s a true story.  You can ask my dad.  He wouldn’t lie. I ‘retired’ from the game when I was about 13, right before I…… Continue reading Playing soccer back in the day

Poems

The better question

The troubled man, in stress, utters out, ‘Life is hard…’ ‘Life is hard?’, responding back. ‘Compared to what!?’, I ask. © Craig Considine

Personal

Personal: Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award

Today I’m being nominated by several of my superiors in the Department of Sociology for the 2011/2012 TCD Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Social Science and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. This is obviously a tremendous honour for me.  I’m very passionate about teaching and take my job seriously.  This is…… Continue reading Personal: Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award

Poems

Successful minds in question

Have you thought about who you are? About where you’ve been? Of what you’ve seen? If not, when will you start? Ever so gradually or now? And do you prepare yourself? Take stock of your soul? Do you know what drives you? Do you stray from that? Do you take shortcuts? And what about goals? Do…… Continue reading Successful minds in question

Poems

Courtesy of my dad

Just put together this short piece after a brief e-mail discussion with my dad.  It’s called… ‘Inwards and out’ Be deep. Be introspective. Be happy when looking for yourself. – Carve yourself the right path. Work towards the peace. Commit yourself to understanding all the things around you. – Fine tune yourself. Embrace the personal…… Continue reading Courtesy of my dad