A Cup of Coffee

With Five Friends Afar If we were having coffee right now, Laura, we’d both be in Spain. How cool is that! I would be gatecrashing your international conference and we’d be jealous for time together as we’d have so much to talk about. It’s been almost a year since you left Ireland to go back to the…

At the Table

I remember the first time we sat around my parents’ dining table after my father died. Apart from him we were all there. Nobody sat in his chair, nobody spoke about it who should or even whether we should. It didn’t feel right. Actually nothing felt right but most especially us without him. How horrible and…

Pearls in Bree

“It comes in loving community It comes in helping a soul find it’s worth Redemption comes in strange places, small spaces Calling out the best of who we are And I want to add to the beauty To tell a better story I want to shine with the light That’s burning up inside This is…

Oh how I hate The Hum

Me: Can anyone else hear that humming noise? Son: Yes, I can. Me: Good because I was beginning to think it was in my head. Son: Well you know I’m kinda crazy too Mum. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone.

Day Five : Hook ‘Em with a Quote

“Look at your daydreams—they tell you what you are living for, who you really are.” Timothy Keller One of the ‘benefits’ – if you can call it that! – of living with pain is that in order to feel relief you have to take things a little slower and rest up more often. And if you need to…

Day Four: A Story in a Single Image

Oh to be there and not here to be him and not me To be suspended above a great pool, to be free of all that demands my close scrutiny. Somewhere warm, far away perhaps close to the sea To be there in a place where I, an escapee can savour the joys of my…

Day Three : One Word Inspiration

Regret Once upon a time, a very long time ago – about 40 years – there was a little girl who wanted to write stories. The problem was she was only small and hadn’t learnt how to write letters and words properly yet. Fortunately for her, she had a wise and clever Mum who bought the…

Day Two: Write a List

Write a list? Things I’ve LEARNED? Um… Often food is better in combinations : bitter coffee and a buttery crisp pastry, a sweet figgy preserve with smelly cheese, warm tender lamb with tart orange peel. Contrasts create memories that evoke the senses : a cold glass of wine on a warm stoep, the immovable underfoot rock that resists churning storm…

Day One : I write because…

That’s INCREDIBLE! Just before this very first challenge popped into my in-box I was asking myself the very question, “What is the point of me wanting to write?” Like there has to be a great purpose or reason for me to write anything. I don’t want to pander to my insecurities and look for approval…