I grew up travelling to Ireland to visit all my relatives every other summer from when I was two until I was sixteen. Now my three kids are competitive Irish dancers and our family will be competing at the World Irish Dance Championships for the fourth time this year.
So St. Patrick’s Day is up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving in our household. Continue reading
Physicist and author Stephen Hawking passed away today at the age of 76. He suffered from a slow-onset form of ALS which paralyzed his body a little more each day after he was diagnosed at the age of 21. He ended up wheelchair-bound and communicated using a cheek muscle attached to a speech machine. He married twice, had three children and earned countless awards for his research and breakthroughs in physics and cosmology. How the universe unfolds and evolves. He was an inspiration. Continue reading
I read an excerpt from the book Abraham Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story by Niall O’Dowd and it was very interesting. It explained that in 1865 in Ireland, a German newsman named Paul Julius Reuter had set up a telegraph line in a little village called Crookhaven in County Cork, Ireland. This coastline was close enough for a rowboat to go out to the news ship instead of waiting for that ship to dock further down the coast at Cobh. This allowed Reuter to be the first one to get the news from America and put it out across his telegraph line to the rest of Europe. Continue reading
Author Mandy Hale said, “A strong woman accepts both compliments and criticism graciously, knowing that it takes both sunshine and rain for a flower to grow.” Continue reading
Do you like every paint colour on a wall? Or every meal choice on a menu? Do you like your coffee made any which way? Or how any make of jeans fits your body? Continue reading
Dreams. They are what keep us going. Motivate us to get up and try again. Focus us in our youth when we have to decide what our path will be.
The Oscars always remind me of dreams coming true. We hear so many stories of people waiting tables while waiting to make it. The part they got that changed their lives. The story they told that the world was waiting to hear. Continue reading
I named my book, The Treasure You Seek, after a quote by mythologist and author Joseph Campbell. He said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” He wrote a book called The Hero With A Thousand Faces that talks about the story of the hero and how it is told in a similar fashion in myths from all cultures and religions. His book has inspired many including George Lucas when he was writing the saga Star Wars. Continue reading
The shooting that took place on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was tragic and heartbreaking. But the surviving students who are speaking truth to power are so inspiring. Young people are standing up and demanding change. Continue reading
I watched a video the other day of Mr. Rogers speaking to the U.S. Senate about funding for the public broadcasting system back in 1969. It was in jeopardy of losing its funding and this was the avenue that Mr. Rogers used to share his children’s show each day. In just six minutes, he convinced the committee to keep the $20 million in funding that was in place. Continue reading
Martha Beck, sociologist and life coach, said, “Relinquishing the delusional hope that we can or must be flawless — allows us to seek happiness in the only place it can be found: our real, messy, imperfect experience.” Continue reading