Tribute to Brendan Kennelly: A Man of Warmth and Lyricism

Irish poet and author Brendan Kennelly – described by fellow writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice as a ‘poet of the people’ – passed away today. My fondest memory of Brendan was meeting him on the day of my graduation from Trinity College back in 2014. Less than an hour after the ceremony, my family and I encountered…

‘Walking Away’ – 100 Words for 100 Days: A Writing Challenge

I’m back on the Internet, after a long hiatus! And I’ve set myself a challenge: to write at least 100 words a day. I’m breaking down my writing aspirations into a small, achievable goal that doesn’t seem too intimidating (though I do intend to sign up for #NaNoWriMo in November, which is always an intense…

Warrior Souls 🔥 ~ A Short Video Reflection

This is a video recording of a piece I wrote called A Reflection for the Warrior Souls. It’s for anyone who has ever feared their righteous anger, lest it devour their tender hearts. ❤️ ___________ Justice. Equity. Integrity. They are the causes that speak deeply to your heart. Your inner fire burns deep, scorching heavily…

Celebrating June (so far): A Few Nature Photos

June has been balmy, bright and beautiful so far here in Ireland. Given how changeable our weather can be, I’ve been making the most of this bright patch while it lasts. 🌞 Our tiny front garden – bare and nondescript during the winter months – has transformed into an oasis of peace, with its many…

Reigniting The Creative Spark: My Favourite Old Paintings

Painting has always been a refuge for me. When I’m in my little painter’s bubble – concentrating on nothing but the image that is coming through me – I am at peace. There is an untold joy that comes with having this outlet for intangible emotions and thoughts, or energies I can feel around me….

The Grandmother 🌺

A narrative reflection I wrote, on the Wise Old Woman within. 🙏 May she forever be honoured and held close to our hearts. The Grandmother ‘Why the long face?’ The children laughed As they crowded into the lonely man’s cave. He stared at them with baleful, bleary eyes That had long been deprived of the…

Let’s Talk About Faeries

This video is a brief discussion about the gifts, attributes, lessons and experiences I’ve had with the faery/elemental/nature spirit realm. 🌸  As an Irish person, I grew up hearing stories about the land of Tír na nÓg, which is said to be a land of eternal youth and beauty, and is the home of the faery…

🌳 Unfurl: Plant Seeds of Planetary Healing

“Never be afraid to call upon my help and guidance. Never hesitate to ask for my assistance, especially when it pertains to the care of the natural world and the many creatures who occupy it.” 🍃🐷🐶 “I see the compassion you hold for all of my creatures, and I thank you. I thank you for…

🌹 The Feminine 🌹

Some thoughts that have been forming in my heart since yesterday’s #InternationalWomensDay celebrations. The Divine Feminine, awakening within our hearts, can take on many different forms. She is a warrior queen, boldly taking a stand for Her truth. She is a proud lioness, fearlessly protecting Her cubs. She is rising in the voices of those…

Today, I Honour Brighid.

Today, I honour Brighid. In Gaelic pagan lore, she is described as one of the daughters of the Dagda: known as Bride, Brigdu, Bríd, and Brigantia, among many other variations of the name. She was honoured as the Goddess of healers, poets, the fire and the hearth, and she was said to lean over every…