Sometimes things happen. Two weeks ago when my oldest son turned 15, he used savings along with some credits we had and some birthday money to buy a new iPhone. As a budding photographer and cinematographer, he uses it to take pictures and make movies. The third day he brought it to school it was stolen. My son was devastated. Because he planned to use it to make a movie while he is in Scotland and Ireland competing at the Irish Dance World Championships this week. Continue reading
One of the most important things we can do as human beings is be a witness for those around us. Witness and validate happiness, grief, joy, worry, success and failure. For our family, friends and strangers. Continue reading
I’ve always loved the US college basketball March Madness tournament. Everything is left on the court and the players’ hearts and souls are on display for all to see. They are playing for free. Showing the world what they can do. Making dreams come true. Continue reading
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