Category Archives: My Life

  1. Reflecting on Thanksgiving in Ireland as a Homesick Expat

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    November 21, 2016 by Evin

    Each year, it is the same thing. A normal weekday is actually a special occasion in my heart. People still …
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  2. Back At It!

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    September 7, 2016 by Evin

    After a 4.5-month break, I’m back at it with new blog posts coming your way starting this weekend. You must …
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  3. Shane Horgan Teams Up With Glenisk to #EatLikeThem

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    February 26, 2016 by Evin

    Ahead of Ireland’s clash with England in the 6 Nations Championship, Glenisk has unveiled two new videos featuring former International …
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  4. Freedom

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    January 18, 2016 by Evin

    Today, I feel a swell of pride and hope on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    Honestly, there is nothing I can say that will mark this day any better than his own words in my hometown on August 28, 1963.

  5. Birthdays & Milestones as an Expat

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    December 1, 2015 by Evin

    In two weeks, I will have been in orbit around the sun for 40 years. I love my birthday. LOVE …
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  6. October Bank Holiday Jazz Weekend Cork City Brunch Options

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    October 23, 2015 by Evin

    Cork Jazz Weekend on 40 Shades of Life ©2010 Evin O'Keeffe

    In the mood for a little city time this bank holiday weekend? Why not brave the Jazz Weekend crowds for …
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  7. Seven Years of Expat in Cork Blog Headers

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    September 29, 2015 by Evin

    Life in Cork City Ireland from an expat American's perspective

    Here’s a stroll through memory lane at the past headers I’ve used in the various incarnations of this blog and why the name has changed over the years.

  8. Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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    September 25, 2015 by Evin

    Should I stay or should I go. This blog is at a crossroads.

    Is it time to retire my blog about being an expat in Cork Ireland? With 9k views/month, I won’t make any rash decisions. With so many other resources now available to arriving expats and study abroad students, I wonder if 40 Shades of Life has served its purpose and might be ready for retirement. With over 9,000 views a month, I am not taking this decision lightly.

  9. An Overcast Day at Garretstown Beach, County Cork

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    July 28, 2015 by Evin

    Admiring tidepools in Garettstown, Cork, Ireland

    This weekend, we embraced the odd overcast weather and took to the beach to enjoy Garettstown’s coastline. The three of …
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  10. News from this Yankee

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    July 5, 2015 by Evin

    Me holding up a gigantic cookie

    You’ve probably noticed my content has gone from oversharing to a drizzle in 2015 and I wanted to explain that …
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