Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: December 2018

Hours away from a new year

Only hours away from a new year.  A blank page.  A fresh start.  The possibilities are endless.

I am making a non-resolution list.  Things I am NOT going to do in 2019.

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The 46 things I have learned in 46 years

I can’t believe my birthday is almost here.  I’ve learned a lot over four plus decades and thought I would pen a piece about the 46 things I have learned in 46 years. Continue reading

Laverne & Shirley

There are certain television shows that bring you right back to your youth.  For me, they are Welcome Back Kotter, Happy Days, Family Ties, Three’s Company and Laverne & Shirley. Continue reading

Thinking outside the box

As my oldest son considers what courses to take next in high school to prepare for a future career, I told him that the one thing that will help him no matter what he ends up doing for a living is creativity.  Thinking outside the box.   Continue reading

Constance Markievicz

One hundred years ago today, on December 14th, 1918, Ireland’s Constance Markievicz became the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament.  She fought for Ireland in the Easter Rising of 1916 and I remember seeing her clothes and weapons on display in a museum when we visited Dublin. Continue reading

Something about December

There is something about December.  The hustle and bustle.  The hot cocoa.  The sprinkling of powdered snow.  The sparkling lights.  The festive soirees.  The potential for mail that is handwritten.  The holiday tunes on the radio.  The excitement of friends and family coming together over food cooked with love.

As author Norman Vincent Peale said, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

As the countdown ticks away towards the special day, may we have gratitude for all that we have and all that is possible.  May we be thankful for our health and for our perfectly imperfect bodies that help us travel through our days.  Our sturdy feet that take us where we want to go, our brain that connects the dots and imagines new things and our heart that helps us make the decisions that are right for us.

It will pass in the blink of an eye and before we know it we’ll be sitting in front of an almost empty bowl of stuffing.  Let’s cherish each minute and make memories that we’ll remember forever.

Novelist Edna Ferber said, “Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling.”  So let’s capture that feeling while it’s here, bottle it up and store it in our souls to be drawn on as needed.


Whirlwind weekend

Just back from a whirlwind weekend at the Eastern Canadian Irish Dance Championships.  The boys came first and second in their solos and my daughter danced wonderfully in a group of 43 dancers including many from higher levels.  They competed in teams as well and all three kids were on first place teams in multiple categories.  Continue reading

National day of mourning

December 5th, 2018 has been declared a national day of mourning to honour the late U.S. President George H.W. Bush.  The federal government and the stock exchange will be closed among other things.   Continue reading

George Herbert Walker Bush

When George Herbert Walker Bush ran for office, one of his early tag lines was, “A President We Won’t Have To Train.”

He had already been a war hero, a Congressman, the director of the CIA, chief liaison with China, head of the Republican National Convention, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Vice President under Ronald Reagan.   Continue reading

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