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The Journey

Emerald Valley – 6 months on…

April 30, 2012 0 Comments

Emerald Valley, the third quarter looms! Half a year gone! And it flew! Emerald Valley II – all tech, all the time has opened at the Carnbane Industrial Estate in some seriously upscale headquarters. Nichola Bates is moving her clients in along side MJM Marine in their new facility. It is close to the motorway and offers […]

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On shampoo, toothpaste and aging…

March 8, 2012 0 Comments

Recently there was an “ah ha” moment in the shower; have you ever noticed that the last half of the shampoo (and toothpaste) last longer than the first? We mete it out more carefully when we are approaching the end – whether or not there is a “back up” under the sink. That certainly explains […]

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Gratitude…for George

February 23, 2012 0 Comments

George loved life and inspired all of us through this difficult time. He was most appreciative of all the support, love and encouragement that all of you showed him. He was a wonderful man. Yesterday’s news from his wife. This “wonderful man” lived and died valiantly. His gift was two years of living life fully, […]

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Gratitude…for Bridget, Floodgates & Rage

February 2, 2012 2 Comments

Bridget is the Celtic goddess of abundance traditionally honoured on February 1st. A floodgate is the metaphor I’d used for years when I described my fear of being paralysed if I unearthed a long buried childhood trauma. Rage, even the expression of mild anger, was forbidden in the household and schools I was reared in. […]

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On… the Launch of Emerald-Valley.com

November 10, 2011 4 Comments

It has been a long time between blog posts and it was not for want of something to say, but rather time to say it. Welcome to the Emerald-Valley. The metaphor of giving birth applies,  though elephantine. Conception to delivery has been two years, the baby is not particularly attractive. It still needs care.  The […]

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Community…on an Authentic Political Identity

May 29, 2011 0 Comments

A post On Becoming Empowered Citizens ( http://goo.gl/prCgg ) described my sense that Ireland was, metaphorically, in an adolescent place ready to rebel against the authorities such as the church and state, and reclaim the power relinquished to them in absolute trust  and obedience for generations. The recent election certainly reflected a beginning. That spoke […]

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Community…Optimism for an Irish Prosperity Process

December 7, 2010 2 Comments

Today I am energised and joyful.  Thank you to the folks committed to striving for “Excellence in Ireland”. I joined them in London. There was no better way for an Irish-American expat to spend Thanksgiving 2010. Imagine optimism, ambition and a call for excellence by determined Irish folk and their supporters on both sides of […]

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Happy Chanukah Ireland

December 1, 2010 0 Comments

This evening Jews all over the world began the celebration of Chanukah. Not a celebration of rebellion or  the overthrow of the Greeks – we celebrate the re-dedication of the temple. The miracle celebrated is one of  faith and light  – the oil found when the temple was reclaimed was only enough to light the ritual lamp […]

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Community … on Charity, Philanthropy & Entrepreneurs

November 13, 2010 2 Comments

I recently heard two successful entrepreneurs talk about philanthropy. Interestingly, both said they didn’t realize they were “entrepreneurs” or “philanthropists” until they read it in the paper. Both were uncomfortable with the terms. There is wisdom gleaned in the precise use of language. What made them uncomfortable about the labels? We are all uncomfortable with […]

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Community…On Remembrance, Poppies & Homelands

November 2, 2010 1 Comment

November. Conscious of and indebted to the efforts of veterans worldwide – I remember. An American expat living in Ireland, in matters of politics I have pacifist leanings. I am, however, untroubled by my passion for honouring the military and sacrifices made on my behalf. Generations of sacrifices. American veterans, British veterans, Canadian, German, Italian, […]

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