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Welcome

July 8, 2013 0 Comments

The change I encourage is to repair and restore your own sense of self and to bring those lessons and habits into an effort to repair and restore your world. Whatever attracted you to this blog and my work, you are very welcome. I hope it serves as an inspiration or impetus on your personal […]

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That which abides… a barometer for love & startups

June 11, 2019 0 Comments

Coincident to marking a decade in Ireland last November, a colleague introduced me to a startup he’d joined as a co-founder. Frankly, in spite of my longstanding enthusiasm for all bright and shiny new things – I was far less intrigued and excited – and considerably more cynical than I would have been ten years […]

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An Election Day Road Trip; Ireland to Damascus…

May 21, 2019 0 Comments

…or back to business as usual in our “Grey Town“. All aboard! We’re on the road to the polls Friday – and just for one day – ordinary citizens are driving. By Monday next, we’ll know if we Irish have collectively stepped up and chosen our own Road to Damascus… …or as in C.S Lewis’ […]

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Coffee Klatches, Consciousness-Raising & Water Coolers…

May 8, 2019 0 Comments

So what do they have in common? They remind us that there really is “nothing new under the sun”. And the sentiment itself is ancient – Ecclesiastes 1:9 – written nearly a thousand years BCE. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the […]

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On Memoir as a Call to Action…

September 22, 2018 0 Comments

So what’s memoir? It’s simply a tool – and it’s best described by Julia Cameron – who created it: “The Memoir is a weekly exercise that builds upon itself. You will divide your life into sections; as a rule of thumb, divide your age by twelve, and this is the number of years you will […]

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Pro Bono Publico – Tell us your story

August 15, 2018 1 Comment

A simple latin phrase. Generally, it refers to work undertaken, voluntarily, for the public good. For our purposes, we’re setting out a space for storytelling. It too is undertaken, voluntarily, for our collective good. Here we will explore what’s legal vs. equitable in Ireland today. A wise mentor has suggested that while the recent movement […]

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‘Babies for Sale’…the danger of spectacle vs. news

July 19, 2018 0 Comments

Once again, we in Ireland are distracted from the critical issues of the day – by the spectacle of outrage at historic wrongs. Where’s the outrage at our government’s failure to cope with current crisis after crisis? Does anyone in Ireland share what I experienced in 2012 when I first read about our shock and […]

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Communication, Confusion & Irish-isms

July 13, 2018 0 Comments

The author, a fellow blow-in, and I have often discussed the challenges of understanding and being understood – even though before my arrival from America and his from England via Israel – we’d thought of English as our first language. Lest you think we exaggerate – I refer you to this “So You’ve Got an Irish Passport […]

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Bankers’ Self-Interest, 2 Households Homeless & Suicide

July 2, 2018 0 Comments

The Author will remain anonymous as this case is still in litigation. We share the story to encourage others who were similarly treated or misled by their banks – to come forward. My story: The “Bank” is now involved in trying to repossess my family home, along with my partner, his wife and children’s family […]

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Irish Mothers & Property Rights

July 2, 2018 0 Comments

Our guest contributor highlights the very different outcomes when it comes to the property rights of a married vs. an unmarried woman: “Unmarried Irish Mothers Have No Rights” Yvonne Walsh is an unmarried Irish mother.  Perhaps not a politically correct distinction to make in this 21st century Ireland of alleged equal status for all.  But no […]

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Why we tell these stories…

July 1, 2018 0 Comments

Because nothing changes until we cease to view our neighbours as them and we as us. Take for example the aftermath of one hearing before the Orieachtas. Padraic Kissane – the gently determined, brave and caring Financial Advisor who encouraged four of his tracker mortgage clients to step forward and testify before the Finance Committee. […]

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