Six weeks ago I left my life as I knew it. While the world continued to spin and lives were lived daily, my world stopped. Cocooned within the walls of our childhood home in Dublin, my family and I accompanied my Mum along her final path in life. No goodbye is easy, and a final … More Slowly emerging from the fog.
Each one of us know women who have had a profound effect on our lives. For many it was a mother, a wife or a sister. While I too celebrate having an amazing mother in my life, today I’d like to share with you a woman, who I have never met, but who helped change … More International Women’s Day. I celebrate Lavinia.
Here is my latest column in the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood where I share some incredible parenting insights… Not! Recently, something happened which stopped me in my tracks. It made me question my thinking as a mother and caused me to wonder what sort of mother had I become? Over twenty-five years ago I had my … More There I am in the paper #82
Here’s another of my pieces from the Irish Examiner. Me and Saint Anthony feature. I’ve spent a lifetime looking for things, my keys, my phone, my bank cards. In our early years yer man’s blood pressure soared when he’d hear me confessing to losing my Visa card and he’d immediately launch a frantic search, insisting … More There I am in the paper #79
It’s been a lifetime since I’ve written here… well almost a month. Christmas has come and gone and New Year has arrived and with it my New Year Resolutions. This year they are mostly writing related. I will start taking my writing more seriously. I will call myself a writer in public without whispering and … More Starting 2019 with an apology and some news.
The joy (ahem), that is decorating the house for Christmas. Here’s another article from my ‘It’s My Life’ column in the Examiner. Now that we’re hurtling towards December 25th there’s no escape. Christmas is everywhere. It began so beautifully seconds after Halloween ended, baubles and Christmas trees appearing almost overnight in every shop. In my imaginings, … More There I am in the paper #77
The other day as I returned from a visit to our local supermarket, my head full of Christmas songs on a loop and my heart full of the excitement of these early days of the season, I opened my laptop and settled down to write. At least that was the plan, but I was easily … More The spirit of Christmas.
If you’ve ever had an inspector of licences call to your door, this is for you. Here’s one of my pieces from my column in the Examiner. Recently, a certain college student I know was visited by one of those most lovely of people, the television licence inspector. This student lives in a large estate, … More There I am in the paper #77
November 29th. A day without significance in my life for over four decades, until five years ago when it became the day when the force that was young Daniel left this life, hopefully for adventures somewhere new. Since then time has continued to tick by. My own children have grown up, some have finished school … More When all you can do, is just be there.
We don’t do Thanksgiving here in Ireland, but I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends in the United States, both ‘real’ and online, a lovely day and to give thanks for having all of you in my life. In Chicago are friends who swam with me here in Ireland many moons … More Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the U.S.