A Story and a Legend

Every story has its ending sometime. In our estate, one lovely story ended this week with the passing of our amazing neighbour, Mrs. Lynch. My part of that story started just after we were married. I decided to host a coffee morning for the Irish Hospice Foundation, an annual happening in Ireland. Although I did… Continue reading A Story and a Legend

Love: Artist Trading Cards

Artist trading cards: 20 years later* I have discovered these gems. Like hockey or football cards for creative people, these little 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pieces of original art are commodities in the arts community. With a design on one side and a signature and contact info on the back, these pieces are part of… Continue reading Love: Artist Trading Cards

A Walk About the Neighbourhood

On a frosty sunny morning we went for a ramble around our neighbourhood: down the road to Maffeo Sutton Park and Swy-A-Lana Lagoon, passing people dog walking and crab fishing on the pier, along the waterfront to Cameron Island and looping back around to Nanaimo’s Bastion and up Bastion Street through downtown and back to the… Continue reading A Walk About the Neighbourhood

Friends Remembering Friends

Every year, the seasons of Advent, dark winter, World AIDS Day, and Christmas are launched for myself and my colleagues (www.acet.ie) in a small room in a community centre in Rialto, a village in Dublin that sits on one of the epicentres of drug devastation in this city. The event is a memorial to people… Continue reading Friends Remembering Friends

Make Your Own Street Feast

I live in a wonderful neighbourhood, one of those that everyone wished they could plan into a house purchase. There’s much to love about this estate, but I think my favourite thing is that we have friends here; not only good neighbours, but friends, and interaction goes well and truly beyond just the friendly wave or the stop for… Continue reading Make Your Own Street Feast

19 Things I Learned in January, or How to Get Through Grief

    Okay, so most of these things I already knew, but sometimes being reminded is much the same as learning it again. Lists can be your friend, but sometimes it is better to have no lists. Be kind. Bite your tongue. Keep biting it. Don’t take it personally. Give hugs. Receive hugs. Sometimes it is… Continue reading 19 Things I Learned in January, or How to Get Through Grief

The Village Around

How do we humans do it? How are we able to bury our dead and keep on going, over and over? How can we mourn those we love, knowing we will have to do it again? Within us is this capacity to love and keep loving, to keep giving after loss. Just as it takes a… Continue reading The Village Around