Ann Dowd is a 61-year-old working actor. For thirty years she has played under the radar supporting roles in movies including Philadelphia, Marley & Me, Lorenzo’s Oil and Manchurian Candidate and television shows including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The X-Files and Chicago Hope. But she never received a prestigious award for her work.
Until last night. She took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the character she plays in the screen version of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She started her acceptance speech with, “Well, I think this is a dream…” Continue reading
I saw a picture the other day of all the different cell phones that have been around over the years. It made me think about Alexander Graham Bell who was experimenting with getting sound to travel across a wire because his mom and his wife were both hearing-impaired. He changed the world when that first “call” went through in 1876 and the telephone was born. Continue reading
I’m a big believer in the arts. I feel the arts stretch our thinking and no matter what our career is, we’ll always do better if we colour outside the lines. I’m also a big believer in dreams and taking action to make them come true. Continue reading
My brother, Seamus Kelleher, is an amazing high school drama teacher. He writes original plays for his students and coached the high school football team for many years. He recently shared a story with me about one of his students that was very inspiring. Continue reading
This was a very exciting week. As some of you know, I decided to publish a book in the year 2000 and made a goal of 100 rejection letters because Dr. Seuss got 43 for his first story. To date I am at 32 rejections for various manuscripts. Then on January 1, 2016 I started a weekly blog which gave me a reason to write consistently and I turned the first year of that blog into a book entitled The Treasure You Seek. Continue reading
I saw an anonymous quote the other day that said, “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.”
Who you think you’re not.
You might think you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, rich enough, connected enough, successful enough.
The thing is, you are. You have all you need right now to make your wildest dreams come true. You just need to take action. Ask questions. Be willing to fail.
You can spend your whole like thinking about what you want to do. Or you can spend your whole life making it happen.
And the second option makes jumping out of bed in the morning a lot more exciting.
Will people think you’re crazy? Some will. Will people say no? Many will. But you only have one life. Why not live it in a way that makes your heart sing?
As Mary Oliver once said, “What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
You’re not the kind of person who can’t do anything. You’re the kind of person who can.
Do you remember when you were young and you just loved doing something? You would lose yourself in it and time would fly by. It might have been putting on plays or building things or writing or making art. You did it because you loved it and you were able to focus on it because you had no other responsibilities. Continue reading
On our recent trip to Ireland, we visited the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship Museum. It is a replica of the ship that brought many starving Irish immigrants to North America during the Great Irish Famine. The original ship was built in Quebec and purchased by a family in County Kerry, Ireland to transport cargo for their business. Continue reading
My mom grew up in a tiny village in County Mayo, Ireland on a farm with no running water or telephone. They milked the cows, churned the butter, cut the turf from the bog to burn for heat, and fed the chickens who gave them eggs. They didn’t have a lot of money but they had a dictionary and lots of love. My grandma valued education although she didn’t get the chance herself, and she rode her bike six miles to a convent school in another town to register my mom to attend classes there after she graduated from the local school house. My mom’s brothers sent money home while working in England for my mom to go to that school. I am in awe of my grandma for knowing to do this and for making it happen. Continue reading
Yesterday someone mentioned the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot. It peaked my interest as Beckett was a Nobel Prize-winning Irish author who I have known since buying an Irish Writers poster years ago on a trip to Ireland. Continue reading