The Scribe in Me.

The Scribe in Me.

Gratitude has two qualities.

The first is appreciation:

The second quality is that gratitude is gratis: freely given to you.

Today's Gratitude 06/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for birthdays to celebrate.

Twenty three years ago today I had an emergency C -Section and my youngest was born six weeks too early. She thrived, always ahead of herself, always out there. It is lovely to be able to celebrate her birthday today. 

Today's Gratitude - 05/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for obedient dogs.

Alfie Wobblechops is a Weimaraner. He has been with me now for about five years, came to me unbidden as protector. Their name means 'Silver Ghost' and apparently they were bred to hunt big prey like bear and deer. He is such an adorably lovely hound and I often joke that he is the only man in my life that I love unconditionally.(Which isn't true of course) Yesterday on my walk, he was set to take off after a lesser creature, as is his nature I suppose, but he responded to my instructions and sat obediently at my feet and I was grateful because I wouldn't have liked the resulting carnage.

Today's Gratitude - 04/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for midnight chats.

There is something deep and intense about the chinwags you do have into the night. There is something about the witching hour that opens the portal to within. You glean amazing insights; somehow you traverse some far off shore with only lights to guide you. 

Today's Gratitude - 03/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for Liquid Mercury.

The etymology of the 'Liquid Mercury' stems from the Latin for "water-silver". It is very apt for the mirror like quality. It is also known as 'Quicksilver'. It has beguiling qualities. The only metal which is liquid at room temperature and has the alchemical quality of one of the 'elixirs of immortality', indeed it's modern day use is in thermometers. (One of the reasons I am glad of it in these Covid 19 times.) I am drawn to the potent image of it, like a shimmering, calm sea on a moonlit night, silvery white mercury, insulated and potent.  

Today's Gratitude - 02/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for having a sense of humour.

Yesterday being April Fool's Day I got to thinking of all of the times I had the fun poked out of me and all of the times I gave it back two fold. It is good in life to have a sense of humour, it carries you a long way. I think a good sense of humour gives you a good sense of life. Laughter can be the best medicine.

Today's Gratitude - -1/04/2020

Today I'm grateful to have issues.

I asked someone in my house to pass me the hairdryer. It was hanging on it's hook on the back of the wardrobe door, where it always hangs. Any mother with daughters knows that you have to squirrel away your girly things sometimes, because they oft as not end up in their collection. Plus I'm a Librarian and well, we all suffer from some form of OCD, everything has a place and there is a place for everything. AND, when you are the Mammy in the house, you are the go to place for everything. So when she saw my neatly hung up hairdryer, she rolled her eyes and stated 'You have issues.'

I'm grateful for everyone of my issues. :)

Today's Gratitude - 31/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for 7 herbs and Aloe Vera.

That is the name on my shampoo bottle. I don't use a specific shampoo, just whatever is to hand and there are loads of scrawby bits in the ends of bottles in the bathroom cabinet, forgotton in favour of the latest trend. As I'm avoiding shops in my cocooning I was very glad of this one. And I got a poem out of it as well.

Today's Gratitude - 30/03/2020

Today I am grateful for strength.

I am proud of the woman I am today. She did not come easy. I went through one hell of a time becoming her.

Today's Gratitude - 29/03/2020

Today I'm gratful for Venus in the nightsky.

Time brings us many gifts, not least of which is time. It makes us stop, look around and see things. The night sky is so devoid of planes currently and on these nights the sparkle of the heavens gifts us with Venus to the right of the moon at about 5pm if you imagine the full moon as a face. Presently that lunar face it is just a sliver. But, wow, get out, look up, it is stunning. Venus is the second planet from the Sun. It is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. As the second-brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon, Venus can cast shadows.

Today's Gratitude - 28/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for the internet.

Can you imagine a world without it? It is this amazing thing that in times of isolation enable us all to be connected. I am so heartened by the people who have seen fit to make contact with me, to stay in touch with me. You all brighten my day.

Today's Gratitude - 27/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for tears.

It seems odd to be grateful for tears. It is wonderfully human though. There is no greater grace than being able to let them flow, to find that kind of expression. There is a mighty release in being able to snot and bawl.

Today's Gratitude - 26/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for the ability to rest.

In order to be productive we need to be able to take down time. Our bodies and our minds need time out. Sometimes we are so wrecked and ragged from want of rest, it makes us cranky and stressed. In resting we dream we rejuvinate. The ancient people welcomed dreams as messages from the divine. They invested in rest, we should too.


Today's Gratitude - 25/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for being able to keep busy.

Besing busy and keeping active has long since been my antidote to the trials of life. It's true, I'm a doer. It's true. Im a  get on with is kinga gal. These days I'm grateful to be active. to be busy  to have things to do, it is good for the soul. Industrious traits are essential if you hope to overcome obstacles, motivate yourself, and achieve your dreams. Being industrious includes working hard with energy, devotion, and diligence.

Today's Gratitude - 23/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for life itself.

For reasons I cannot even begin to go into, today I'm grateful for life itself. Simply that.

Today's Gratitude - 24/03/2020

Today I am grateful for time to think.

Sometimes headspace is important. We all need to claim it. We all need time alone with out thoughts, to be reflective, to search deep into the core of ourselves and glean insights. Some people call this meditation and a meditative life is a richer one.

Today's Gratitude - 22/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for all mothers.

It begins with Momma Number One, the Mother Goddess. We have so many in Irish myth, there is one in every culture and in every creed. The archtype mother, the great bastion. My own mother is a shining example of strength and endurance. She is an entire encyclopaedia of smarts. To her I owe everything and I don't tell her so much but she is important to me and I love her to her bones.

Today's Gratitude - 21/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for the Equinox. 

The vernal Equinox is sacred to the Druids. It is a time of equals. Equal day and equal night midpoint between mid summer and mid winter. It is sacred too in Irish myth, the time when Hares traverse into the otherworld and take on their Goddess form. It is a time of growth and renewal. I was rewarded with a blood red sunset, skies aglow with life. 

Today's Gratitude - 20/03/2020

Today I am grateful for intention.

There is an intention in every interaction, in every relationship. Intention is what fuels action. Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. All great acts are ruled by intention. What you mean, the power or force behind your intention is what you get. When they are pure, there is no greater thing. In sleep we dream in waking we chase our intentions down.

Today's Gratitude - 19/03/2020

Today I am grateful for togetherness.

A loved one returned to me from abroad today. All on the eve of all airlines grounding 80% of their fleet. I'm so relieved she is home. Together is a wonderful place to be. It is those moments that really matter in this life, they change us, make us appreciate the other. And now we must social distance and all in the same house.

Today's Gratitude - 18/02/2020

Today I am grateful for old clothes.

There is something lovely in not having to doll yourself up to face the world. There is sublime pleasure in flopping around the house in leggins that mould around you and that old comfie jumper that you cannot bear to throw away, the one that you might be arrested in if you were ever seen out in public with it.  You can bleach the house in them and not worry about discolouring your clothes, you can dust cobwebs, paint things, they are versatile beyone measure. And joy of joy they don't have to match, gone be the pressure to colour co-ordinate. 

Today's Gratitude - 17/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for my Irish Heritage.

It is very apt on the day that is in it, St Patrick's Day thate I can reflect and celebrate my Irish heritage. And in these trying times where we are all socially isolating, it is much more poignant. We have so much on our landscape, in our fields, monuments in our towns, flora and fauna, it is a blessed place to be. And I have started an online course on the Book of Kells. We have rich seams to mine.

Today's Gratitude - 16/03/2020

Today I'm grateful for Genealogy

A project I have long since wanted to do was to complete my family tree along the matrilineal line. Now I have the time, so I'm enjoying that, discovering this hidden history and shattering and or colluding with the family myths. It is fun and the perfect way for a Druid to honour her ancestors. 

Today's Gratitude - 15/03/2020

Today I am grateful for my Library Card.

In these trying trying times of lockdown and social isolation it gives me access to a whole host of things including; ebooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, eCourses. It gives me access to eArchives too and JStore and newspapers etc. And I am good at genealogy. This down time is precious, Im making the most of it.

Today's Gratitude - 14/03/2020

Today I am grateful for my tribe.

I have often said it, I’ve the best friends in the world and I not nearly so deserving and I don’t know what I do to make it so, but it is how it is. They are my tribe. Who are my tribe though? They are an eclectic mix young old, male  and female, foreign and native, related and unrelated, married and single, rich and poor. They mean the world to me. They are the ones who have my back, who level with me, who challenge and support me. They accept me for who I am and delight in it. They are the ones who seek me out and above all else, they will be the ones who walk in when everyone else walks out. My life would be lesser without them. 

Today's Gratitude - 13/02/2020

Today I am grateful for the ill winds that blow some good.

Those of you who did Peig Sayers will be familiar with the séanfhocail;

' Is olc an ghaoth nach séideann do dhuine éigin'

'It is an ill wind that doesn't blow some good.'

I have been grounded, things I've worked on since last August have to be rescheduled, I'm stopped in my tracks. I'm grateful to be able to embrace it, to face a different way and meet the challenge of it. Let us see what good comes of it.

Today's Gratitude - 12/03/2020

Today I am grateful for decision makers.

These are trying times, the world is in the grip of a pandemic. None of us knows where it goes, what it does, what the final analysis will be. And there are those that are charged with making the decisions around it big, massive, cause and effect, life altering decisions. These things are tough calls. I am grateful to them.

Today's Gratitude - 11/03/2020

Today I am grateful for quiet days.

Today flew, yet it wasn't busy. It was just an ordinary day in the life that is mine. So many times I caught myself thinking, I've time to take a teabreak or all that is sorted, nothing was hanging over me, I was on top of things. And the weather complied, there was sunshine and warmth in the day.


Today's Gratitude - 11/2/2020

Today I am grateful for old black and white photographs.

There is a lovely joy in chancing upon an old black and white photograph. It's a snapshot in time, a tunnel into history. Sometimes they are old photos of your childhood or ones of a relative, an ancestor. You look for resemblences, it is nostalgic, a trip down memory lane. And memory if you notice seems to have this great quality of warmth about it, it brings you the good times.


Today's Gratitude - 10/3/2020

Today I'm grateful for old tales with new meanings.

A tale or a fable is a story which often involves magic or flights of fancy, it is where exciting things happen. Myth too brings us lore and magic. Aeosep brought us so many. Behind each one is a hidden meaning, a metaphor for life. I love burrowing down into them, prising them apart and gleaning what they are really saying.

Today's Gratitude - 9th March 2020

Today I am grateful for a good reliable car.

I had occasion today to make a long journey at short notice. It as gratifying to know that I could sit into my teenage car and kno it ould get me there ithout incident. I know my car ell, know it's capabilities it serves me well on my road less travelled. 

Today's Gratitude - 8th March 2020 International Women's Day

Today I am grateful for the coven of women.

Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, colleagues and them mná of Ireland. You are my tribe. A coven denotes a gathering a collective with similiar ideals,  pursuing similiar goals. usually a coven numbers thirteen the number of dancers who can fit into a 9 foot circle and this is all sacred geometry. each member has its own particular magic. When united they are potent.

Today's Gratitude - 7th March 2020

Today I am grateful for Daughters.

Daughters hold our hands for a little while and our hearts forever. They are the miracles that cease to be miraculous.  I am blessed with two generous, warm, beautiful, smart daughters. I am the oldest daughter of an oldest daughter and today my firstborn, had her firstborn, also a daughter. It is the thread of life, my genetic code brought forward. 

Today's Gratitude - 6th March 2020

Today I am grateful for the power of hugs.

I had coffee with someone I've known forever and I got the best hug. It was a Carlsberg one, reached parts that no other hug could. It was the kind of hug that infuses energy and acceptance and regard. And in the evening in a cold theatre I was hugged by fellow presenters, and warmed by hot water bottles. To everyone who hugged me, thank you.

Today's Gratitude - 5th March 2020

Today I am grateful for supportive colleagues.

I have been inordinately busy at work. It is self inflicted and I am not complaining. The progress and the rewards are worth it. My colleagues and managers have been exceptionally supportive. That solidarity is such a special thing, it buoys me up, has my back and stands shoulder to shoulder beside me when I need it. I set my own work ethic, so it is particularily gratifying to have team support. It is a very lovely thing, a chime in a chorus. Sublime.

Today's Gratitude - 4th March 2020

Today I am grateful for blue sky.

Blue is my favourite colour. There are so many hues in blue. There is sea blue, and there is sky blue. Sky above us and oceans around us. It is like daily bread to the eye. Yet in our land, we have so much grey and so many dull and overcast days. I do not get to the coast half as often as I'd like to so it was especially warming to see a mantel of blue. I felt wrapped in a cloak of protection.

Today's Gratitude - 3rd March 2020

Today I'm grateful for music and song. 

It is true that music soothes the most savage beast. There is something in a song and in particular the story song that speaks to the soul. It is esquisitely lovely, if you'll forgive the pronoun, of a promising sun blessed day in Spring, to indulge in a playlist. Songs frame feelings, they portray meaning to things, voice what we stumble on. All sung, in the language of music, enhanced by harmony, rhythm in the primal of the percussion. Twould do any soul good surely. 

Today's Gratitude - 2nd March 2020


Today I am grateful for inspiration

A writer needs inspiration. A Druid needs 'Imbas'. They are one and the same thing as I sense it. The wonder of inspiration is that it can be gleaned anywhere. The trick is in mining it. Sometimes the seams are so compressed between layers that it seems almost impossible.

Today I was in the company of four amazing women and each of them inspired me in their own individual ways. They inspired by their insight, their journey, their ways and their passion and they inspired me by the inflection of their voices, by the genuinessness of their eye contact, by how they held me captive and by their presence. Mostly they inspired me to be myself and I am forever grateful for that. 

Today's Gratitude - Ist March 2020

Today I am grateful for the kindness of friends.

Of late I have been inordinately busy. It has served me well, busy is my antedote to the trials of life. The current ones are condensed into three losses. A friend died, I lost my purse and a friend chose to walk out of my life. Things sometimes come in threes like that.

I'm grateful for the friends who checked in with me. I am sustained by the copious amounts of coffee profferred in front of me. I will never forget the shield maiden who set a whole morning aside in the midst of a key battle in her own life to check in and sooth me and place strawberry and bilberry meranges beside the coffee. I smiled deeply inside when a lemon card was sent to me from a beautiful woman checking out her honeymoon destination to let me know she was thinking of me. Another sent me a St Patrick's Day card in February which read 'Feck the Patriarchy, Brigid Abú.' To the absolute legend of a lady, who very nearly pierced my armour when she caught me in a vicelike Mammy hug and told me to down tools and stop and rest and sleep and texted me later that night to make sure I had, I love that you saw me. And to my sister who visited out of the blue, that was such a lovely surprise.

Thank you all, I have the best friends in the world. You are my tribe.