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……

Fran’s Story: An Interview With Fran Bennett

I was delighted to interview the renowned spiritual teacher Fran Bennett about her faith, her journey towards living authentically as a transgender woman, and her thoughts on the place of the LGBT+ community within spiritual circles. Our interview is featured in the latest issue of GCN, Ireland’s national LGBT+ magazine. This issue has been released…

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…

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Part One)

This story is based on a dream I had a few mornings ago, shortly before waking up. It was one of those rare lucid dreams that I remember very clearly long after it has ended. I could envisage every detail so clearly: the evacuation of the Islanders from their homes; the oncoming storm conditions; the…

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…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (Part Three)

This is the third instalment of a short story I’ve written called Stuff Happened. Part one can be read here, while part two can be read here. Stuff Happened: Part Three ‘Ah, there you all are now!’ Lynn’s broad grin greets them as they pull up to the gate. She is a middle-aged woman of…

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…

The Esther Effect: What One Pig and Her Friends Mean to Me

One of my major idols in life is a 650-pound pig named Esther. She lives in Canada and we have never met, but she is a heroine of mine nonetheless. This sassy, hilarious, heartwarming girl first came into the lives of her “daddies” – Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter – as a supposed “mini-pig” in…

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…