The Surprising Lessons of Travel

I distinctly remember thinking – when I grow up, I’ll get a job that sends me to all kinds of interesting places around the world. A few years ago, I realized that I had created that job for myself. Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for the invitations to speak in so […]

Get it right

It was after 10pm but I’d promised I’d make my boys soda bread. It was for a school event, everyone had to bring some food that is typical for their family – of course, Irish Soda bread was the answer! I’ve been making Soda Bread for years, my mother and grandmother made it too. Aside […]

He Literally Shrieked

I’d left the house at 2.30 in the morning…. drove to the station, the train ride, check-in at one terminal, bused to the other, security, passports and finally a cup of coffee before standing in yet another line at the gate. The excitement about the trip had somewhat dulled by the time we boarded that […]

Can you really make it happen?

I had ordered my coffee, unpacked my bag and was setting in for a few hours of work at the coffee shop. I had a short list of house-keeping stuff to do, make a  dental appointment for my son, follow up with my friend about meeting before she headed off on vacation and connect with […]

They didn’t even look up from their phones…

It was a beautiful restaurant, the kind where you know the food will be good because the smell is so wonderful from the minute you walk through the door. At the next table, a group of 5. They seemed familiar with each other, like good friends or family, but not couples that was clear. The […]

Bring it Back

He used to arrive to the classroom with a huge overloaded bag. He slam it on his desk and then dip into the bag to take out a book. He’d look at the title, scan the room and then throw it out to one of us, his students of English. Of course he was young […]

What do you choose?

It had been a few months since I noticed the downturn. I was sick to my stomach. It’s not like these dry spells were just a pain in the butt – they were critical to my survival. You see it was also incredibly contagious. When I struggled to write, I struggled to speak, I became […]

Trusting or Stupid?

I specifically remember my mother telling me not to leave a bag in sight. When we were driving, she would never put her purse on the seat beside the driver. There was a genuine concern that, if we stopped at a traffic light, someone could break the window and steal her purse. Yes, this was […]


I sat in the meeting and felt small. I noticed everyone around me laughing and I felt sick to my stomach. Should I pretend? You see, I felt like my business dilemmas much be so much bigger and more critical that anyone else’s. And I had travelled so far. I had spent so much money […]

What a failure

She sat opposite me, I overheard him ask her – so what do you do? Then he looked at me, smiled and said to her, tell me your story in one sentence. We were at the coffee shop, my usual work hangout. We’re quite a gang now, some of us have been working here for […]