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Growing, Civically

“Anonymous was a Woman”…

January 29, 2020 0 Comments

…and still is – far too often. The book was a gift from a friend back in the 80s when I was learning to quilt. I treasured it and gave copies to a cadre of good friends with whom I shared a passion for ‘antiquing’ – scavenging the markets of Lancaster County. A quick read […]

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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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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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