grapevine Articles

0

Making America Eight Again

January 14th, 2017
Donald Trump; name calling, tantrums and policies with the substance of a fourth grade school project. He is making America eight again. This may actually be unfair to eight year olds, but it’s the only number that rhymes with great. It’s easy to laugh. A Chinese factory has even produced some Trump-alike inflatables for the ... Continue Reading »
7

Great Expectations

January 20th, 2016
“What to expect when you’re expecting.” That was the name of the go-to pregnancy book back in the day. The title has always stuck with me. What is it we expect of our expectations? Or to use a current phrase, how do we manage our expectations? Just in case you have great expectations that this ... Continue Reading »
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joseph Campell The danger of following crowds has never been more frighteningly evident than this past week. The stampede during the pilgrimage in Mecca killed 800 people and injured over 1000. I can’t even imagine the terror of being crushed or suffocated in a ... Continue Reading »
“When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’ even illness becomes wellness.” I never really understood that saying until Mum died. But now it makes all the sense in the world to me. I’ve always been someone who tries to live a healthy life. I’ve fasted and exercised to the point of pain. But every now and ... Continue Reading »
10

Legacy Of Kindness

September 3rd, 2015
I got the call about mum at 9 in the morning. What happened next was a bit of a blur, but I remember the two hour train ride to the hospital vividly. I felt so helpless. At least when you’re driving you have your own feet on the pedals. In the train I was at ... Continue Reading »
30

Leaving a Legacy of Love

August 23rd, 2015
The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her. This is very true for me right now. I have shared every joy and crisis in my life with my mum, until this one. This is the first grief I am doing without her. My mum was small in size but had a ... Continue Reading »
Larry’s been visiting more often lately. But he’s not what I expected him to be. He doesn’t grin from ear to ear or skip down the street. He’s more contentment than carnival clown, more acceptance than ecstasy. I don’t think it’s just me. I think it’s got something to do with aging. People of age ... Continue Reading »
2

Grace To Greece

July 6th, 2015
We have a saying in our family, “fair, fair, fair, fair.” If someone is feeling a little hard-done-by and making comparisons, a light hearted “fair, fair, fair, fair” will usually get them back on track. Expecting life to be fair is something most of us never grow out of. “It’s not fair. So and so ... Continue Reading »
4

Love Wins in Ireland

May 24th, 2015
I haven’t tallied them, but suspect I’ve married near a thousand couples  in my time. I think I’ve pretty much seen it all. I’ve had weddings interrupted by angry parents, dogs in wedding parties and one bride who turned up the day after the wedding to tell me she’d fallen in love with me. (I ... Continue Reading »
“I always wanted a happy ending. I learned, the hard way that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” ~ Gilda ... Continue Reading »