Preparing for Autumn and Reigniting the Creative Spark

It has been quite a while since I posted, thanks to life, work, and most significantly, a general sense of creative drought within my life. Today, I’m choosing to break the silence by writing about … well, creative drought. Given that my last post discussed literal drought, a distinct theme seems to be emerging here……

Solstice: the Radiance of Full Daylight

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono Having waxed lyrical about my attitude to seasonal changes a number of times on this blog, it would be remiss of me not to…

When Animals Have to Say Goodbye

A while ago, I wrote about the much-loved Internet celebrity Esther the Wonder Pig and a few of her friends. Among them was a gorgeous pit bull-type dog named Shelby. She was the unofficial “mother” figure of Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary (HEEFS), who eagerly welcomed all new arrivals with unconditional acceptance and love. On…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (Part Two)

This is the second instalment of a short story I wrote called Stuff Happened. The first part can be viewed here. UPDATE 20th May 2018 – the third part can be read here. Stuff Happened: Part Two The sound of the passing traffic is slightly overwhelming. Bébhinn cautiously gets out of the Jeep, assisted by…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (Part One)

I’ve been thinking of posting some of my creative writing work on this blog for a while, so today I’m going to go for it. This is the first instalment of a short story called Stuff Happened, which has been percolating in my head for some time now. I hope you enjoy it! UPDATE 7th…

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…

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…

Year of Duality: Numerology, The YouTube Shooting and #Repealthe8th

I’m in a reflective mood as I write this. It has been just over a week since the verdict of the infamous Ulster rape trial was announced. The outcome left me heartbroken in many ways, but I have since been heartened by the uprising of protests across Ireland against sexism and injustice. One friend of…

Veganism: My Past, Present and Future Journey With It

I was about five or six years old, and sitting on the floor of my great-grandmother’s kitchen, when I first heard the word “vegetarian”. The story of my great-grandmother’s house is a wonderful one in itself. Prior to her death in 1998, my parents, brother and I lived right next to her. Our back gardens…