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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2011’

  • Jesus in a spaceship

    My son started at the local school this September. 95% of Irish schools are Catholic. Irish schools have a required 30 minutes daily religious instruction. However, we are not religious. How will this work we wonder… And so today, a conversation started in our house. “Who […]

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  • Joy Pockets

    unpacked boxesanticipation our wedding cherry tree planted out in our own garden – 7 years later! purple tights Spring energy blogging joy pockets mini morning mindfulness practice my children dressed up as pants superheroes an Amazon basket full of goodies finding my old University essaysbaby […]

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  • Until the Light of Morning – CD review

    “I have just come downstairs from singing my children to sleep. What a wonderful experience. No fighting or tears, just two sweaty little bodies gradually growing limper in my arms as slumber and song intertwined and lulled them, my words perhaps painting the start of their […]

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  • The lost art of lullaby

    I have just come downstairs from singing my children to sleep. What a wonderful experience. No fighting or tears, just two sweaty little bodies gradually growing limper in my arms as slumber and song intertwined and lulled them, my words perhaps painting the start of their […]

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  • I see you baby!

    I write very few gloating mama posts. In general one’s pride in one’s own children does not translate well to others. But I cannot resist… Baby Ash is ten and a half months old. It seems every day we have a new achievement to cheer […]

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  • Joy Pockets

    snowdrops mud between my fingers my baby walking around the garden for the first time in delight a very popular blog posting vietnamese pork stew pregnant friends  my dancing girls the election being called – and Brian Cowen (Irish Premier) finally realising he is persona non grata […]

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  • YES! A big shout out

    I have just come across a new idea right up my street in YES! magazine  which author Chuck Collins, a senior researcher at the US Institute for Policy Studies, refers to as Common Security Clubs. Those who have been interested in my Transition Family posts and this […]

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  • Radical Homemakers (4) Some niggling issues

    Wherever there are radical ideas there are nay sayers and vituperative opposition. Radical Homemakers is not for everyone. This goes without saying. Not everyone aspires to living on less, environmental sustainability, doing instead of buying. But no one is saying you have to. I take issue with […]

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  • Radical Homemaking Week (3): Dispelling the Myth of Self Sufficiency

    Many of us who hark after a “simpler” life have grand visions of “self sufficiency”. My secret mental tick list includes: *Growing and preserving all our own fruit and veg *Home cooking all our own food *Filling our house with handmade craft *Having chickens…and a […]

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  • Radical Homemakers (2) Value beyond Money

    If our freedom is tied to the ability to buy what we need, then we are not independent at all. Radical Homemakers My time is a precious commodity. I have never been willing to take on a career which ruled my life, though the necessity […]

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