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The places that scare us

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I have been struggling a bit this past week with feelings of being overwhelmed and tired and that old black dog has been nipping at my heels. So,  I thought I had better re-read… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Weekly Round-Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week.

The Healing Power of Poetry #WorldPoetryDay

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Today is World Poetry Day. The late writer, AA Gill, once wrote of poetry: By some internal magic, poetry hovers above the page, over the words. It happens outside the black-and-white lines, as… Continue reading

How Stories Can Heal Our Wounded Places #WorldStorytellingDay

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Perhaps it is because I come from an Irish tradition of the seanachai, the story-teller, that I hold the art of storytelling in such high esteem. In times past, neighbours gathered around the fire… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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Everything Is Waiting for You Your great mistake is to act the dramaas if you were alone. As if lifewere a progressive and cunning crimewith no witness to the tiny hiddentransgressions. To feel… Continue reading

An Irish Blessing For St Patrick’s Day

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In honor of St Patrick’s Day today, I offer all my friends a blessing from the book Anam Cara – Spiritual Wisdom from a Celtic World by the wonderful Irish poet John O’Donohue. Beannacht, which is  the title of… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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“Ten times a day something happens to me like this–some strengthening throb of amazement–some good sweet empathetic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that… Continue reading

Weekly Round-Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week.

When Mother’s Day Hurts

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This weekend is Mother’s Day in Ireland and the UK. For the past few years I’ve written about Mother’s Day without my mother, but this year I hesitated to write about it. I don’t want to be… Continue reading