Shift your reality…literally

She drew my attention to it, with tears in her eyes.  My coffee shop acquaintance – one of the people that I would love to call a friend and hope we will be one day.  She reads my stories, is probably reading this (and I hope you forgive me for being inspired and humbled by […]

I’m dreading it

We’ve been facing a health crisis with a loved one in our family. It’s a tough time. Just when we think we’re out of the forest and the outlook is better, something else shows up. It’s not easy. And there’s hasn’t been much of a bright light up ahead, at least not in the last […]

What keeps you going?

He moved his computer over and made some space so I could squeeze in beside him. It’s been a while since we sat side by side in the coffee shop. I was happy for the chance to catch up. Truth is, the conversations with him often inspire me to write about. He’s so bright and […]

You did it where?

The first time I noticed was on a transatlantic flight, heading to the US on a business trip. It was out of necessity more than anything else. I’d had a hectic few weeks and I felt incredibly unprepared for the workshop that I was going to give over the next few days. At first I […]

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 […]