While working in a PR agency in Dublin some time back, it was a thing that mostly everyone paid into a Sports & Social fund. And let me tell you, I am all about the Sports & Social funds - particularly if they focus on having a mega Christmas party. That’s one of the things … Continue reading Hard To Control What We Celebrate
Have I ever mentioned I’m a very sociable introvert? Well I am. And so, of course I should have tonnes of empathy for others with similar social tendencies. Except that my vanity and striving to appear ‘nice’ to people makes it trickier than you might think. My children err on the side of introverted, you … Continue reading Not Anti-Social, Merely Selectively-Social
Hello! How are you dear reader? I’m back after a lo-ong Summer and somewhat of an unintended writing hiatus. Life and apathy crept into the crevices usually reserved for writing and posting, which happens. But I’m hungry again. I have an appetite to write - and so here I am. I hope you have been … Continue reading What Will I Do With Myself?
There's a thing called Covid Fatigue. Or maybe it's Lockdown Fatigue? I'm not quite sure anymore, what with the constant fug surrounding my brain caused by aforementioned fatigue. This all made sense this week when I heard several politicians refer to the pandemic being 'a marathon, not a sprint', which really stung, given I've been … Continue reading The Hero’s Journey
I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately. It's been ruminating around in my head as I've tried to work out where my ambition currently resides and how it once shaped my life. If I correctly understand the modern idea of ambition, it is to start school, age five, with a view to getting a … Continue reading Is This Not Ambition Enough?
Context is everything. I love a good laugh. The genuine, in your belly, can't breathe, can't stop laughing episodes. Few and far between at this point in time, you might assume, what with all the fun having been sucked out of our lives. But if you're like me, where you tend to get the giggles … Continue reading Don’t Forget To Cope
It appears to me that I am becoming more dog-like by the day. The comparisons are shocking. For example... In one year I have aged by approximately seven years. (I catch glimpses of my greying roots and haggard face in the mirror and it makes me want to howl) The absolute highlight of my day … Continue reading Slowly Turning Into A Dog
I read recently that the number one skill today's child will need for the future is empathy. In my time, it was a second language. Yesterday, Alan mentioned that he'd started to encounter more and more articles concerned with working from bed - what to wear, how to exercise, what accessories one might need. It … Continue reading You Learn Empathy From Seeing It In Action
Right now, if I was to name the person I identify with most in the universe, it would have to be Mel Gibson's William Wallace. You know - the lad with the blue and white face from Braveheart. Can you recall the scene where there's an entire army rushing towards his band of Scots, wielding … Continue reading 1980s Mammy Has A No Nonsense Approach
Where to start at the end of the weirdest year that was? It's been many things but intense is the word that sums up my own personal 2020. So intense that I, personally, took to crying in carparks and rambling around the Burren rock a lot. Because that sense of intensity had very few outlets … Continue reading It’s Not About You