Category Archives: Kettle Thoughts

Silver pins and lamp posts

I remember the little anti-abortion pins on school uniforms. I remember the earrings, the same design, the two little footprints. I gushed to a girl in my class: WHERE did you get that! That’s ADORABLE! She looked at me quizzically. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Stupid milk

                        Either I’m a genius or I’ll live to regret this. But there has been a marked dwindling in my three-year-old’s enduring passion for the word ‘stupid’ since this … Continue reading

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