Category Archives: Kettle Thoughts

On wings of song

I discovered some words I threw down in a notebook, exactly two years ago this week: a vignette of my daughter Aoife in a nonsuch moment I wanted to preserve for ever and ever and ever Aoife and the sunflowers. … Continue reading

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A Workplace Fable

Once upon a time, I worked in a crumbling old archaic and beautiful institution. Within its many walls, two worlds co-existed side by side, adjacent and sometimes overlapping, but utterly distinct and separate and unrecognisable from one another in character … Continue reading

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There once was a woman who didn’t know what to do with all her iPhone photos

There was once a woman who lived …  on a hill…. she had so many photos she didn’t know what to do … I have possibly upwards of 100,000 digital photographs. They’re stashed on cloud storage facilities like Dropbox, OneDrive … Continue reading

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Aoife Day: opting out of first Holy Communion for her own kind of Special Day

Saturday 14th May 2016 was my 37th birthday (yes, THIRTY-SEVEN), but this day was not about me. It was all about my daughter, Aoife (8). It was: “AOIFE DAY.” The idea for ‘Aoife Day’ came about when Aoife and I spoke … Continue reading

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Words from Pennsylvania: Tuam Mother & Baby Home

Mam gets calls and visits all the time, from people directly affected by the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, and also by researchers in various fields  – human rights, social history, and anthropology, for example. Dr James A. Houck, whose … Continue reading

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The Vegan Sheep Farmer

Exactly at the time that I was getting into yoga and vegetarian food and not wanting to eat animals anymore, Colm was building up a sheep farm. Continue reading

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Odd Socks Mob

Our odd socks problem is getting out of hand. They’re starting to mob us now.  

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