the melleray alphabet

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The Story of the Melleray Alphabet

Just before I entered high school, my father and brother traveled to our ancestral homeland of Ireland and fell in love with a Cistercian abbey named Melleray, "place of honey." I was so inspired by their descriptions of illuminated letters that I started an alphabet series--but once high school started, I abandoned it, much to my father's distress.

Fifteen years later, when he and my brother established a farmstead in rural North Carolina and named it for the abbey they once visited in Ireland, I began the alphabet anew, and called it the Melleray Alphabet. This, I told Dad, was me finally getting around to finishing it!