Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. The word has been voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company. However, due to its sociological use, the word has been exported into many other languages.
Last week, I had one of these serendipitous moments that have become one of the great joys of my life since I took to writing this blog.
Mike O'Donnell, the artist who painted the portrait of the great Con Houlihan, which was unveiled on Culture Night in Castle Island library, emailed me with a photograph of the portrait and a copy of the poem Theo Dorgan wrote for the occasion.