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…

Digging Deep

A little thought for the day… It is not easy to dig deep and find your inner resolve when a great challenge rears its head. It is not the most glamorous thing in the world to place first your fingers, then your entire hand, into the deeply encrusted earth beneath your feet, and scratch your…

‘Perhaps You Didn’t See it’ (a Poem and a Painting)

This poem and painting were featured in Just My Cup of Tea magazine recently, and it is an honour to share them both here today. ☁️🦅 Perhaps you didn’t see it: How they flew above you And turned circles of hope – Their feathers traced out a pattern you once understood. Perhaps you didn’t hear it:…

Healing Our Plastic Story: My Upcoming Zoom Workshops

The subject of plastic often fills people with despair, as they can see no way out from our current environmental predicament … no way it can ever change. Yet I believe that hope lies within the deeper metaphysical story and potential of this material, so I’m planning a series of Zoom workshops to help change…

‘We Are One, and We Are Many’ – Vosloo and the Arcturians

‘We are one, and we are many. Look at the little dots on our painting. Each one represents a single stream of consciousness. Each one contributes, in its own unique way, to the entirety of who we are. Each one is cherished.’ Vosloo and the Arcturians The next instalment of Vosloo’s video series will be…

Stirrings From the Shadow Side

I am not your acceptable self, singing sweet songs of harmony. I am not polite. I do not sit and smile and think of how best to present myself: with a genteel sip of tea, perhaps, or a nod of assent to the gentleman’s joke, or the barest sliver of cake, lest I be chastised…

A Reflection for Those Who See Humour in All Things

You were always the class clown. On dull mornings, your friends knew you would be there with a laugh, a smile, or a wayward remark that would likely be met by a swift reprimand. You injected every moment with a delicious whiff of mischief, and spent many drab hours sitting outside the principal’s office for…

A Reflection for the Warrior Souls

Justice. Equity. Integrity. They are the causes that speak deeply to your heart. Your inner fire burns deep, scorching heavily encrusted layers of suppression that have held many captive to their own fears. When crisis calls, you are the ones who march before the vulnerable. You venture forth, sword and shield in hand. You plant…

A Reflection For Introverts and Gentle Ones

You, gentle ones, may be surrounded by hard-hitting truth tellers, feisty freedom fighters, and overall badasses whose courage takes your breath away. You are amazed by their strength. You are awed by their ability to stride into controversial waters: how they willingly stick their heads above the parapet and boldly proclaim their truths. You see…