My latest article for the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood. I confess, I didn’t always appreciate my Mother. Mother’s Day is upon us. As a child, I remember being annoyed because we never celebrated ‘National Children’s day’. My parent’s comment, was always, “Every day is Children’s Day.” I disagreed quietly, because I’m brave like that, and argued … More There I am in the paper #21.
What is your favourite poem? When someone asks me that it’s a bit like asking me which one of my children I love the most…it changes every day (joke!). In case you missed it World Poetry Day was Tuesday. I know poetry is not for everyone, but I find a comfort and pleasure in it … More What poem speaks to you?
Here is a Valentines day post I first wrote three years ago remembering fondly the man who taught me what love meant… For you Dad.xx This morning I woke and as usual I paid very little attention to Valentines Day. However within minutes of getting up I was embarrassed into remembering it’s not just about … More Remembering my first true love.
I look in the mirror and see lines and wrinkles. My birthday is fast approaching, which tells me I’m another year older. Yet as I type this I feel as young as I did in my twenties. However I am not the same person I was back then, nor am I the same mother. During … More One mother’s evolution…
Would you like to read something a little different to what I usually write? It’s a piece I entered in a competition. Last year I had promised myself I’d enter more writing competitions for a couple of reasons. I hoped it would force me to finish fully the many stories I write and to pressure … More I won a writing prize!
Today was a great day. One of those when I feel lucky to live the life I do. I didn’t win the lotto, or achieve anything spectacular. What I did do was spend the day at a swimming pool in the company of forty young swimmers. They were aged seven to eleven and the vast … More What a day!
If I could wave a magic wand, what age would I wish to return to? For a moment I imagined it would be my early childhood, up to the age of ten, when I really think I lived a wonderful life. But then I thought I’d have to live life from then to now and … More What age would you wish to be?
It’s January 5th. People all over Ireland are slowly coming to terms with the fact that another Christmas is over. Bank balances are looking as unhealthy as we are after the excesses of the season…and it’s the winter. So why am I skipping around the house when no one is looking, smiling and singing? Because … More Nollaig na mBan, one of my favourite Irish traditions.
The past few weeks have been hectic and for a little while I’ll admit I began to lose my Christmas spirit. Life was crazy busy, so much so that for the first time in years I’d not even had a minute to call by my blog. I put my head down and got on with … More A little bit of Christmas magic came my way.
I’m sick. It’s a seasonal illness I have and it’s fairly contagious as far as I can see. It’s Christmas Fever. Symptoms vary but include, twitching, lots of sighing, a feeling of panic, a worrying loss of short term memory leading to walking into shops and not knowing what I wanted, sleepless nights, crazy dreams … More What is your one Christmas wish?