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?
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
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.
Sometimes for no apparent reason a memory comes roaring back, interrupting thoughts and breaking your heart all over again. Today, while making dinner, grief came calling just as it did a few years ago when I first wrote this. Grief is a lifetime of pain, sometimes obvious, sometimes hidden but always there. Tonight the families … More They say nothing lasts forever… Grief does.
Mother of the year…Not! Here is my latest column from the Irish Examiners Feelgood supplement. Most of us held our children as new-born babies and made solemn promises to be the best parents they could wish for. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered life gets in the way of that promise, but I like to think it’s the thought … More There I am in the paper #18
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.
In case you didn’t see it shared on Facebook here is my Valentine’s Day special edition piece in the Irish Examiners Feelgood. Yes himself features! “Are you doing anything for Valentines?” I couldn’t count the number of times I was asked that question in the past week. As my answer is “no,” does that mean I … More There I am in the paper #17
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…
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?