I’m back from a wonderful few days away, refreshed, with patience and rest fully topped up. As promised here is last weeks column from the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood supplement. Fingers crossed you enjoy it. Hallelujah. It’s St Patrick’s Day or as I like to call it… My Birthday! Yes, believe it or not, I was … More There I am in the paper #20
Everyday we learn something new so for those of you who haven’t a clue what my title for this post means, it’s ‘slawn’. Irish for goodbye. Don’t sweat, I’m not packing up my laptop and moving on but I am taking a break for a few days. I’ve not been around a lot over the past … More Slán
I was one of a group of student nurses who came to visit the ‘home’ one day in early 1985. Even at the time I remember wondering as to the ‘home’s’ purpose. Why did these girls have to go there? Did none of them want to keep their babies? Why were they not in their … More To the girl in the mother and baby home…I’m sorry.
“Wow, well done on your column,” some say. “Thank you,” I reply a little mortified. “I didn’t know you were a journalist,” others say. “Oh I’m not,” I reply even more mortified. “What do you write about?” they say. “Nothing amazing, just a comment on my life I suppose,” I reply, definitely more mortified than … More The reality of writing a weekly column in a newspaper.
I don’t think there are many among us who would be happy to be called, ‘mean’, as in ‘mean with money’? I have many generous friends and although I’m not quite in their league, I’d hope to be thought of as reasonably generous. Definitely not ‘mean’. So imagine my dismay when last week my children … More There I am in the paper #15. (Mean? Me?)
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.
Here we go again, it’s that time of year when I recap on my blogging year past and make sure you haven’t missed anything amazing! As part of my blog buddy’s linky over on Where wishes come from, here is my 16 from 16 (Don’t tell anyone but I couldn’t think of 16 and skipped … More 16 from 16
So here I am back again and the madness and mayhem of Christmas is behind us. Thankfully for me it was a really lovely Christmas, our children were all home, and stayed friendly with each other! One of my favourite things about Christmas, is that for a short while we become the family we would … More Pausing between meals
Just a very quick note to wish you all a very happy Christmas, holiday’s or whatever the next few days mean to you in your world. Here in Ireland we go a little crazy and the Christmas day celebrations extend well into the New Year. Tonight I can at last relax and enjoy the season. … More Happy Christmas/Holidays
This weeks article in The Examiner’s Feelgood supplement…and yes it’s a true story! Help! It’s that time of year when the world goes shopping mad. Sadly, in order to receive presents myself I must shop for others, including my children who demand more than a gift voucher. As I moan daily they advise me to, … More There I am in the paper #8