The Lady with the Lamp

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Florence Nightingale, who died 100 years ago this week, is popularly remembered as “the Lady with the Lamp” (from her habit of making rounds at night), who did heroic work nursing wounded soldiers… Continue reading

Meat Free Monday

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I came across a recipe for this light summery salad recently and thought it sounded delicious. Unfortunately our Irish summer seems to have disappeared but if it makes a reappearance these grilled peaches,… Continue reading

Raise your life to a higher level

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If you want to be interesting, be interested. If you want to be heard, listen. If you wish to truly learn, teach. If you would like to be wealthy, be generous. If you… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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  Today’s Poetry Friday is a little different. Instead of a poem, I have a prayer, the words of which I wish for all of you.  Make Me Strong in Spirit  Make me strong in… Continue reading

Lessons from the movies II

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Last night I watched the movie Click, starring Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale, on DVD. It is about a man who receives a magical universal remote control which enables him to flash back, stop and… Continue reading

The myth of perfectionism

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When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.  George Fisher Now I know I am in danger of generalizing here, but through personal observation,  I have noticed that many cancer survivors are… Continue reading

Bernie Nolan talks breast cancer, chemo and hair loss

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  I caught the last few minutes of TV star and lead vocalist of the 80s pop group the Nolans,  Bernie Nolan, on GMTV yesterday as she spoke about her treatment for breast cancer. Bernie revealed that,… Continue reading

Meat Free Monday

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In many cafés and restaurants across Ireland, courgettes are frequently (mis)used to make a poor excuse of a watery ratatouille or the sort of unappetizing vegetable ‘lasagne’ only ever eaten by desperate vegetarians with… Continue reading

Seize this Day

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  The opportunities you have are too beautiful and too valuable for you to let them pass you by. Stop making excuses and start making progress.  What you imagine, you can begin. What you… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water. My tasks lie in their places Where I left them, asleep like cattle Then what… Continue reading