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.
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…
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?)
Do you play the Lotto? What would you do if you won a massive jackpot? During the week someone in Ireland won eighty eight million euro on the European Lottery. Imagine winning that much money? What would you spend it on? I’d like to think I’d give a sizable chunk to charity and the rest … More Money, money, money. What would you do?