Reclaiming Peace After Repeal: An Ode to Nature

This week, I am learning how to be peaceful again. I’m trying to remember how it feels not to go about my daily life being hit by random waves of anxiety (some small, others that absolutely took my breath away) wondering whether Ireland would vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment. Even though we…

Heatwave Happiness: Trees, Sun and Swan Butts

I meant to write another blog post at the end of last week, but shortly after I had written my last post, all sitting-in-front-of-a-computer-related plans were abruptly postponed due to the arrival of a miraculous, beautiful heatwave that hit Ireland. I have written about my seasonal mood changes on this site a few times before….

Finding the Courage to Be a ‘Weirdo’

Last night I found myself musing about the conflict between rationality and intuition, and what defines “normality”. These thoughts were prompted by something I wrote on the cryptocurrency-powered social sharing website, Steemit. I’m not a very technically-oriented person – I still don’t completely understand the ins and outs of cryptocurrency – but I have enjoyed…

Shattering Seas: The Creative Spirit of Tori Amos

Every now and then, a musician comes along whose creations cut to the very core of my soul: a musician who makes me dream, wonder, think and feel. Tori Amos is definitely on that list. Anyone who is familiar with Amos knows that her back catalogue includes a vast amount of high-quality material – her…

Day of Peace, Day of Flowers

Yesterday afternoon, I wanted nothing more than to than enjoy some moments of perfect peace. In the midst of ongoing, polemic debate on social media and the endless deluge of negativity on the news, nothing seemed more beautiful to me than walking among trees, listening to the subtle sounds of birds and animals, and breathing…

Equinox: Turning to the Light

I took the above picture in the National Botanic Gardens last week – which is, incidentally, one of my favourite places to go when I’m in any way stressed or worried. It is a place where I can be still and just breathe. This single daffodil, positioned as it was amidst an entire bed of…