Letters to My Generation

Padraic Veum
Prose contemplations on politics, the climate, expat life, food and literature.
Created 27 Apr 2021
  • Who I Am From
    15 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    The shape of my hand tells the story of my maternal grandmother, and that of her father, just as the shape of my face tells the story of not only this same grandmother, but her daughter, my mother. My...
  • The Eternal Face of Inês de Castro
    06 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    The Monastery of Alcobaça was founded in 1153 by my ancestor, Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. It was the first Gothic structure built in this country, and the enormity of the complex is ...
  • Autumn's Warm Breath
    21 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Summer receded on slow feet, and now the mornings, which start cold and dark, give way to autumn’s warm breath — the last heat of the year before the winter rains close in. In these warming mornings, ...
  • Hunting for Words
    02 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I’d forgotten how shabby Lisbon is, but as I walked from Santa Apolónia station to the apartment I had rented for the next four nights, it was my first realization on arriving back in Portugal’s capit...
  • Augury At Dawn
    18 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I think I shall always remember August 2021. This is when, in the midst of my own life changes, it was reported that the Gulf Stream is on the verge of collapse. The possibility of such a catastrophic...
  • The Ruins
    13 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    I am sitting at my kitchen table looking out the window at a view that continues to fascinate me, despite its totally mundane nature. The view is of an abandoned house, rather typical here in Portugal...
  • Going Down
    10 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    “Not all who wander are lost”. It’s a beautiful adage, and sometimes — on better days, I believe that to be true. This, however, is not one of those days. Today, as someone who is a wanderer, I feel l...
  • All We Leave Behind
    07 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    The graph shows a U-shaped wave, going from euphoria at one peak, on the left side of the chart, down through despondency, in the middle, and then back up to something verging on confidence and conten...
  • On a lonely road
    22 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    In August of 2002 my friend Siri came to stay with me for a week in Brooklyn, before loading my duffle-bags and guitar into her little red Saturn and beginning a road-trip around Quebec and New Englan...
  • A Storm in Central Portugal
    13 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Half way between the towns of Lousã and Miranda do Corvo, in the Serra de Lousã mountain range of central Portugal’s Coimbra District, lies the village of Cova do Lobo. Sitting half way up the mountai...
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