• Giving from the heart

    Despondent after another identi-kit party at an anonymous warehouse, sorry, play-centre, where the hostess gathered the vast gifts, no doubt mainly plastic and cardboard packaging, full of overpriced plastic toys, made by badly paid Chinese workers, I despaired. I didn’t know the child, didn’t know what […]

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  • BOOKS, BOOKS BOOKS!

    We had a book swap night last night here at the Pink House. A great way to recycle no longer wanted books, and pick up great new reads for free, and talk books with friends – what more can a girl want? The heady smell […]

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  • A FIRE IS INSIDE ME… A BONFIRE NIGHT ODE TO WRITING

    Tonight is Bonfire Night in England, the fireworks are whizzing and popping to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. But here in rural Ireland all is deathly silent (which makes me feel a little sad and nostalgic for the Bonfire Nights of my youth). Silent, that is, […]

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  • A SALUTE TO THE DREAMERS OF THE WORLD

    The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.   ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance What I love about my work is that in doing it I come across other like minded people around the world, dreaming the […]

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  • Adventures without sleep

    Adventures without Sleep: how to survive a nightwaking child -2000 word article -published in JUNO, Winter 2010 WHOEVER COINED THE phrase “sleeping like a baby” was not, I would bet, a parent. Of course, there are some who are blessed with wonder-babies who sleep through the […]

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  • Have you got Rhythm? Or has Routine got you?

    (First published in JUNO magazine) “Have you got that baby into a routine yet?” My skin crawls at that question. I object to it on so many levels: have I imposed my way of being onto my baby? Do we live a fixed pattern dictated […]

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  • Coming home to ourselves

    (1500 word article, first published in JUNO) I am an old-school Romantic. At university I fell in love twice: first with my husband and then the European Romantics and American Transcendentalists: Emerson, Thoreau, Schelling, Coleridge etc. Through their nearly 200 year old words I discovered […]

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  • To school or not to school?

    My son turned five this summer, and so the need to act on the issue of schooling is now upon us. Not that I had been avoiding the issue. Far from it.  From the moment he was born, in fact, since before I was ever […]

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  • OUR COMMUNITY SOCIAL GROUP IS BORN

    Today I made a snap decision. And I rather like it. It has been ages since I have organised anything. And so, me being me,  went from “why not see if anyone else wants to try bellydancing?”, to setting up a women’s community activity group […]

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  • Breastfeeding myths busted

    Breastfeeding myths – busted – 1000 word article, published in Modern Mum The hospital, your doctor, everyone will tell you when you’re pregnant: breast is best. However, because breastfeeding has been a dying art for so long in our culture, many of the common myths […]

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