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“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 […]
I don’t have a lot of parenting tips- mostly I muddle along trying to get from one end of the day to the other without tripping anyone up. If we all go to bed alive and kind of happy I call it a job well done. If nobody has lost an eye, and we have […]

Ode to Dad

June 2nd, 2015
My dad just turned 80. I do not know how as he has managed this magic trickery as he remains stuck at 60 in everyone else’s eyes. He plays tennis, walks all over town and is still wielding a chainsaw, mattock and climbs to the top of waterfalls. Perhaps 80 is the new 60. We […]

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 […]
I’ve been reviewing some science homework with my ninth grade son. This is so much more fun as a parent, without the threat of a test looming. In any case, I was reminded that energy can neither be created or destroyed, only changed (redirected). Apply the same law to conflict, and EUREKA! Nature gets this, […]
They say to love your enemies, but no one tells you how to do it. It’s easy to think nice thoughts about difficult people when you’re alone, but how do you love the annoying work colleague, you know the one who’s like a shiver looking for a spine to run up. We’re supposed to find […]
The sign outside the church worried me, “Don’t let worry kill you. Let the church help!” It made me think about the purpose of worry. When we worry about someone, is it for us or for the other person? Parents are notorious worry warts. Good friends can worry up a storm. Basically, anyone who cares […]
The world grows ever smaller, more connected, more crowded, and ironically, increasingly lonely for many of us. This is a problem with a whole host of unhappy consequences, not just for the individuals who experience it, but for society as a whole. It’s important to point out before I go any further that loneliness is […]
A sexual frequency difference is a stubborn problem in couples pledged to monogamy.  Fun and games are the opposite of the serious deadlock when you’ve been fighting over something so intimate with someone so unfeeling.  But game theory can help solve the problem.  Play this game: For years, my husband has run training groups for […]
Many people are jaded about relationships because your trust has been betrayed and you have high walls of protection erected around your heart. All of us have limits to our trust, and different degrees of trust with different people. In our closest relationships we have an awesome opportunity to experience the deepest trust, possibly the […]


February 13th, 2013
“In most cases, especially in relationships, you will only get 80% of what you NEED and you will hardly get the other 20% that you WANT in your relationship. There is always another person (man or women) that you will meet and that will offer you the other 20% which is lacking in your relationship […]
There’s a scene in the movie Anchorman, where Ron Burgundy tries to explain to Veronica how San Diego got its name. After she rubbishes his first crazy theory he tries to tell her that the real translation of San Diego was lost centuries ago. She says,  “Doesn’t it mean Saint Diego?” To which he says, […]
My quote of the week comes from personal growth and communication expert John Powell. The genius of communication is the ability to be both totally honest and totally kind at the same time. That really speaks to me. We all want to know and be known, love and be loved. We all want to be […]
1. I have a louder than most would agree necessary laugh 2. A wonky social filter that kicks in sporadically. 3. An eye for sorrow lurking in corners. 4. A stubborn unsubstantiated confidence that the best in life will always bob up to the top. 5. I don’t wake up well. If given time and […]
Being authentic is one of, if not THE highest ideal in life. We all aspire to know and be the fullest and freest version of who we are. What do you do when your decision to live authentically clashes with others? Its like the old saying “My karma just ran over your dogma.” Does there […]