The Scribe in Me.

The Scribe in Me.

 

Gratitudes.

 

Gratitude has two qualities:

The first is appreciation;

The second quality is that it is gratis;

Freely given to you.

Today's Gratitude 01/08/2020

Today I'm grateful for sunshine after rain.

I have heaps of laundry, and this beautiful day of Lughnasadh day of sunshine helps me enormously. I delight in seeing it dry in the wind. 

Today's Gratitude 31/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for Lughnasadh.

We are midway between mid summer and the Autumn equinox and I love this time. Love the celebration of reaping in the fruits of our labours, of enjoying the harvest moon of encounters with Lugh, whom I feel greatly protects me. Tomorrow I will visit an ancient well and give thanks to mother earth for her nourishment, for now for us Bards it begins in the dark, as we move from dark to light. 

Today's Gratitude - 30/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for ticks off my bucket list.

I could write reams about my encounter with the Janus figures on Boa Island, but that is for another day. Suffice to say I was delighted to meet all four of them in the apparent world and glimpses of them in the other world. A moment captured and all too fleeting. 

Today's Gratitude - 29/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for sturdy boots.

Mawie spent the day in Moytura. I was gratfule for my sturdy hiking boots as I trod the ancient plain in search of megaliths, marking the graves of noble and brave  warriors. And though I met no Fomorians in the apparent world, I went home feeling like I'd done ten rounds with Balor himself. 

Today's Gratitude - 28/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for my camper van.

In these days of staycationing and social distancing, my campervan comes into its own and I am very glad of it. It has taken me to sites as far south as Portugal, as far north as Sweden, as far west as Aran and to the East Switzerland.

Today's Gratitude - 27/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for ponchos.

Ponchos were a great invention, they keep you dry entirely in the drizzle and in the deluge.

Today's Gratitude - 26/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for freckles.

When I was little I believed that all of my freckles would join up and when that happened I'd have a tan. You see I don't tan, I freckle. The Irish word for freckles is "briciní" which means "little stars." Irish people were given them as a map of the stars so as they could navigate their way through the celtic mists. I have grown to love mine. 

Today's Gratitude 25/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for wild places.

In a year of distance, I'm so glad of the wild places. They are my escape, the places where nature pours her balms on me. They are the places where I can get away from it all, reflect, go deep into myself, meditate. We must feed our bodies and nourish our souls. 

Today's Gratitude - 24/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for friends who give me time.

I've always said and will continue to say, that I have the best friends in the world. They give me the gift of their time. How lovely to sit and chat and commune by a river or traipse in an ancient woodland or climb into the Comeraghs in search of an ancient place. I hope I never take them for granted. 

Today's Gratitude - 23/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for Inspirational Quotes.

I awoke to this quote in my inbox, from a friend who works in child protection. There are many ways to be a warrior I suppose and they don't all involve fisty cuffs. 

Today's Gratitude - 22/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene is much maligned and very misunderstood. I have a trip to her cave and her Forest of Balm in the South of France on my bucket list this year. It is the place where she was met by the Druids who knew instinctively she was coming after the crucifixion. I will get there and in the meantime I will set Lemon balm in my grove to honour her.

Today's Gratitude - 21/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for new moon rituals.

Every new moon I set three intentions; one for the universe, one for my community and one for me. My intentions, even the selfish me ones, always have an aspect of me doing good in the world. Intentions work best when they go with the moon's energy, not zap from it. 

Today's Gratitude - 20/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for the glorious sunshine.

The temperatures presently suit me, it's a pet day in late summer. The reason I like days such as these is that I can have impromptu cups of coffee and picnics with friends outdoors. We can sit with the sun on our skin, catch up, and shoot the breeze. How bad.

Today's Gratitude - 19/07/2020

Today I'm grateful to have visited the Cathedral of Nantes.

In 2014 I got to visit the city of Nantes and the medieval cathedral. I am not particularily Christian, but I am spiritual and such wanton destruction leaves me feeling very sad. It was a privilege to have visited there and I am grateful.

Today's Gratitude - 18/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for bucketlists.

At the start of 2020 I made a travel bucket list. It is gone a bit askew, what with everything. Time to revisit it, time to revamp it methinks.  The Sky Garden near to Skibereen in Co. Cork is a man made structure designed to view the ‘celestial vault’ and how amazing would that be of a full moon? They say it is best view by two people and I know just who I'd like to view it with.

 

Today's Gratitude - 17/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for hairdressers.

Yesterday I had my first trip to the hair salon in six months. I was changed from feral to non feral in a few short snips. It was the strangest feeling ever having a haircut wearing a mask. Life as we know it is irrevocably changed.

Today's Gratitude - 16/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for these gratitudes.

What I love about doing gratitudes is that it keeps me focused on what is positive in my life. Yesterday a friend, who probably loves them even more than I do, told me that they inform him where the head is going. I wondered if he meant mine or his and I think both, so they have a universal quality. To touch people in that way is very heartening especially in these very trying times. 

Today's Gratitude - 15/07/2020.

Today I'm grateful for the ability to be straight talking.

I am the kind of person who will tell you something straight and I don't pack my punches when it is required. Neither am I above giving it to you between the eyes if I feel you need to be told something straight. What you see is what you will get, mostly though, I'm a benign presence. 

 

Today's Gratitude - 14/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for Lemon Verbena.

Today I met a friend for coffee, joy of joys in itself. She gave me a Lemon Verbena Plant, for the scent, it runs wild in her garden. How lovely. Also known as "shepherd’s tea" and "ironwort", the ancient Greeks believed it made you as strong as the Titains. Verbena has long been associated with divine and other supernatural forces. It is used use as a protection against spells. Wasn't that a lovely present?

Today's Gratitude - 13/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for being comfortable in my own skin.

The feminine beauty ideal in the mass media is manipulated by technology. Images of women can be virtually manipulated resulting in images that are airbrushed, tweaked and contorted. Essentially those ideals are nonexistent. I believe happiness, kindness, confidence, humour and intelligence are way more important than the appearance of my skin, the shape of my body or face, my hairstyle or make-up. Inner beauty is the only beauty. 

Today's Gratitude - 12/07/2020

Today I am grateful for the immersion heater.

This is an uniquely Irish thing, it is the means by which we heat vast amounts of water in a copper tank. You see in summer the heating system remains off in my house and whilst I love my electrictic shower, there be times when I have to have a good soak in the bath. I guess you could say I love getting into hot water. 

 

Today's Gratitude - 11/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for prayers.

Lately someone told me they were praying for me. The one thing prayer never is, is a waste. There always is good intention behind prayer. We offer our time and mental and emotional investment in prayer. I will take all of the prayers I can get. I'll bet they pray to St Jude.

Today's Gratitude - 10/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for blossoms.

In March I sent some of my friends recycled cards with seeds. I asked them to plant the seeds and told them that by the time they blossomed things would seem better. I set some too at the entrance of my grove and this morning the Guardian of the Grove blossomed. Things do seem better. 

Today's Gratitude - 09/07/2020.

Today I am grateful for ancient megaliths.

Being a stone mad woman I've been called to bear witness to hundreds of ancient sites and megalithic monuments. I feel so lucky to have visited such sacred sites, not just here, but across Europe and beyond. The memory brings me síochan (peace).

Today's Gratitude - 08/07/2020.

Today I am grateful for online festivals.

In the normal course of events summer festivals are a staple in the year that I take for granted. Weekends are spent going to music festivals, poetry festivals and art festivals. This year I am grateful for the online versions and fair play to the organisers of same, one can tell that they have done trojan work to pull them off. This year I am particularily grateful for the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival in which I feature, check it out.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-boatmens-nature-spoken-word-tickets-99041466693

Today's Gratitude - 07/07/2020.

Today I'm grateful for DMC's.

DMC's stands for deep meaningful conversations. They are an essential component to life. They go a long way when it comes to helping you feel like you have real purpose in life. Connections matter along the way. The right question at the right time can change everything. Sometimes they cure all ills.

Today's Gratitude - 06/07/2020

Today I am grateful for PMA.

PMA stands for positive mental atitude. I have a dear loved one who has been through a horrid time lately. She has experienced the kind of stuff that would floor a dozen grown men. She has withsrood it all with fortitude and grace. 

Today's Gratitude - 05/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for Sunday Miscellany.

I love that stolen hour of a Sunday morning before the house awakes, sitting in the sunroom on the couch with my eyes closed...listening.

Today's Gratitude - 04/07/2020

Today I'm grateful to be able to attend a book launch.

'There Will Be Time 2020' is a poetry collection published by the Clonmel Junction Festival. It was launched this morning and I was invited. This collection features a poem of mine and I was as always thrilled to see it in print. We had an open air, social distancing event and I put on my glad rags and enjoyed the fleeting moment of glory.

Today's Gratitude 03/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for Dr Tony Holohan.

He is the torch bearer in the cave, emboldened strength, the lámh chairdiúil in an outstretched hand and the man who masked his pain so we could bear ours.

Today's Gratitude - 02/07/2020

Today I am grateful for presents.

I had a present delivered to me this morning. It came as the most delightful surprise, and for no other reason other than they were thinking of me. I feel so loved. Later today I deliver a present too to my Mammy for her birthday and I hope she feels as loved.  

Today's Gratitude - 01/07/2020

Today I'm grateful for baby knits.

There is a baby in my life who is nearly four months old now. I have only seen her once because of this thing and how lucky was I to be able to do that. I've shown her my love by knitting cardigans, hats, a blanket. It is so lovely to have gurgly Whatsap chats with her and see her in my creations.

Today's Gratitude - 30/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for multichannel TV.

I rarely watch TV, I tend to gravitate towards books. Of lately though I've watched two engaging programmes. The first was David Bowie in Glastonbury and the second was a series called 'Art of Persia.' The broadcaster went on a remarkable journey through that ancient land to places rarely seen, telling the story of a complex and fascinating people, and in particular her poets. Rumi was an enigmatic mystic Persian poet during the 13th century. I love Rumi's essential message of compassion.

Today's Gratitude - 29/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for Elderflowers.

Yesterday I gathered Elderflowers to make a cordial, as is my practice this time of the year. It is such a refreshing drink and a little goes a long way. Foraging appeals to the primal in me but I'd never just take and always seek the tree's permission first. “A Chrann Mhuire tabhair dom d’adhmad, Agus tabharfaidh mé mianach duit, Nuair a éirím i mo chrann." It promises to be very lovely and the first drops go back to the mother tree. I have an Elder in the boundary hedge and this year the dog rose has begun to entwine its way around her. Both are sacred to me.

Today's Gratitude - 28/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for Celtic Visions.

I never remember my dreams and when I do it is because I am supposed to. This is why I call them Celtic Visions. My first house was a cottage in rural Ireland and I lived alone there. There was a sweet old man who took on the role of my guardian and every week he walked from the bottom of the hill to my house with the aid of his walking stick to check in on me. He has long since passed and may he rest in peace. He woke me in a dream this morning, calling me to get up. Strange. I see it as a good portent though. 

Today's Gratitude - 27/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for a government.

I've often said of Ireland that I like how we do democracy. In our hundred plus years of existence we have done a lot right. Our current government marks a historic realignment in politics of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael partnering with the Green Party to form a new administration. They have an onerous task. The best of luck to them. Ádh mór.

Today's Gratitude - 26/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for proverbs.

Proverbs provide us with nuggets of wisdom, we use them every day. A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a perceived truth based on common sense or experience. I found a book on my shelf with over 700 proverbs contained within - my favourite 'A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is for.' It spurns me to get up and achieve my potential. 

Today's Gratitude - 25/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for bucket lists.

I made a bucked list at the beginning of the year, which already has gone askew, no matter though. All I have to do is tweak it. We do not need great wealth or resources to have a bucket list. Keeping our dreams in front of us, continually reaching for those milestones will help us in our daily routine to be mindful and present.

Today's Gratitude - 24/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for the people who believe in me.

If life has taught me anything it is that it can blindside you when you least expect it. This is why I try when I can to just live in the moment, because ultimately the present moment is all that we have got. I have been given so many opportunities lately to express myself creatively by people who believe in me and it is such a compliment. I hope that I am worthy. 

Today's Gratitude - 23/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for 'Imbas.'

I wear the Awen symbol every day. It is something I'd really miss if I didnt wear it, like a body memory. Awen is the Druid word for inspiration, 'imbas' being the Irish one.  Awen is considered a symbol of inspiration and divine illumination for poets, writers and artists. It is the well spring of everything that I do.

Today's Gratitude - 22/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for a writing routine.

I really would wilt if I couldn't write and I never know what any day will bring. There is a great feeling of elation at the end of a day when I've been gripped by 'imbas' and toiled through a poem or trudged through a story. Writing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration though. All a labour of love. Having a writing practice and a routine is making yourself be your own best friend. 

Today's Gratitude - 21/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for Midsummer.

I have great respect and reverence forthe liminal times that are ‘in between’ worlds. Midsummer, marks the time in the Celtic year  when there is  greatest light. I have my own dawn cermony in my solitary way and later today I will take part in a virtual one and I am really looking forward to that.

“Do not tell the priest of our plight for he would call it a sin, but we have been out in the woods all night, a-conjuring the Summer in!” – Rudyard Kipling

Today's Gratitude - 20/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for the Blueway.

The River Suir has been a meandering source of inspiration for me over the last few days. Yesterday I sat on her shores with a friend and had a long chat about the meaning of life, as you do. We were visited by a heron who swooped down and plucked a fish clean out of the river and later by three swans, that we witnessed first in flight and then landing on the river beside us. They then to glide serenely by, elegant and cool on the surface, but paddling furiously beneath. So many treasures all in one day.

Today's Gratitude - 19/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for plaits.

You have no idea how amazingly wonderful it feels to be able to braid my hair and put 'smocht' on it when it is gone beyond redemption. There be days when I feel that if I can't get to a hair salon soon I will go demented. It is bad now, long, strealy, unkept hair that cannot be tamed easily. We are talking 'Cailleach' meets 'Banshee' and they have a catfight. Feral is the best adjective. At the minute I've got feral hair and braiding it makes life so much easier. 

Today's Gratitude - 18/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for Wild Irish Roses.

Yesterday I discovered a blooming Wild Irish Rose tumbling out of my boundary hedge. I think it was the sweet fragrance that drew me as it peeped out from the elder blossoms that I was collecting and the hawes beginning to form on the 'Skeogh' bushes. I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement. These yellow centered gentle white flowers are so beautiful. What a glorious gift. 

Today's Gratitude - 17/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for networks.

We all have networks, six degrees of seperation between us. In Lockdown we have had to form new ones and in inventive and creative ways. I am very grateful for those, for the connections and the friendships. 

Today's Gratitude 16/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for deadlines.

Since lockdown, I've been engaged in a forenscic room by room tidy. There are a dozen rooms in my house so it is guite the feat. I keep finding old notebooks and sheets of paper with unfinished stories, abandoned poems and ideas. I have a lifetime of material. Deadlines are great because they make me finish what I start, they make me push through the writer's block and produce my offerings. If only I could take the self imposed ones as seriously.

Today's Gratitude - 15/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for having no worries.

The last few months have been challenging beyond measure. These are challenging times in indefinable ways. In a way I feel that my whole life viewpoint has been inverted and that when I emerge from all of this nothing will ever be the same again. Except for one thing and that is that I really don't have worries at all on the grand scheme of things. 

Today's Gratitude - 14/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for waves.

Mermaids [muirgheilt] are lured ashore, to take human form and some have been known to mate with human men as Mermen are said to be unattractive. Sometimes the waves call them back. Every Merrow has a magical cap [a cochaillín draíochta] in their possession in order to travel between deep water and dry land. Today I was called to the waves.

Today's Gratitude 13/06/2020

Today I am grateful for the sea.

There is something in the ions of the sea, in the sparkle on the water, in the layers of time evident on the cliff face, in the warm pebbles on the shore, in the golden sands of the beach, in the flora and the rock islands off the Copper Coast of Co Waterford that is good for the soul. 

Today's Gratitude - 12/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for eggs.

Breakfast, the first meal of the day, one is supposed to eat like a Queen. It is the meal you break your fast with afterall. Now I am not great with food in the morning, facing cereal or sweetbreads doesn't always send me into a tizzy of delight. There are some days though, when I wake up starving and on those days I love a boiled egg. I am easily pleased really.

Today's Gratitude - 11/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for probing questions.

When someone asks you probing questions you can be sure they are interested in you. Isn't that the loveliest compliment? I like too how these questions make me think and reflect. It is even better of course when you find yourself wanting to answer. :)

Today's Gratitude - 10/06/2020

Today I'm grateful to Robert Frost.

Robert Frost is an artistic institution and the best poet America has produced bar none. I think he is somebody I'd love to have met. His works depict plaintive and lonesome in ordinary settings, mostly rural, a wonder for a city boy. He said 'Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words..'

Today's Gratitude - 09/08/2020

Today I'm grateful for third level essays.

I had the honour of being asked to edit not one or two but three third level essays. It stretched my brain and added to my lexicon of words. Expect terms like acrosome compaction and organogenic period to creep into my essays. I hope to the heavens that I steered the student in the right direction.

Today's Gratitude - 08/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for my readers.

I feel so greatly encouraged as a writer and I do so much appreciate your loyal following. Writing is such a lonesome pursuit, it is always a joy when a reader gives feedback, it is the ultimate compliment.

Today's Gratitude - 07/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for my dressing gown,

Most people have a two day weekend, I don't because sometimes I work Saturdays. This means that Sundays have become my ever constant down tools day. On my days off I tended to flop around the house in an oversized dressing gown, enjoying the freedom from my public persona. These days because my life is so eskew i don't know what day I have, so I have ressurected that old habit. Here is to down tools days.

Today's Gratitude - 06/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for art.

Writer's block is part and parcel of being a writer. It sort of comes with the territory. A few years back I learned a very good trick and that was to change mediums. Now when I'm stuck on words I change to painting instead. This works very well because it allows me creative expression and opens the locks to doors in the creative realms of my brain. My writing is much more enriched when I return to it.

 

Today's Gratitude - 05/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for a good matress.

I was so tired yesterday that I slept so much last night that I when I awoke after 8a.m. my eyes were stuck together with a sleepy glue. A good mattress is one of life's necessities, along with good shoes and a good coat. That right there is Mammy wisdom. She also said you needed good teeth and a good education. Oh the pressure of goods, that said, I'm glad of my good nights sleep.

Today's Gratitude - 04/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for left over scones.

I am tired today, a condition I put down to too much typing with lens in my glasses that are not strong enough. I'm condemned to write though, so I must perservere, books don't write themselves.  Cooking is going to be a challenge too much, which is why I am so delighted to discover a batch of left over scones in the freezer. They will feed my weary bones today.

Today's Gratitude - 03/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for 2 meters.

A metre is a unit of measurement denoted as the length of the path travelled by monochromatic light in a vacuum. Two meters is that distance doubled. Not that you'd be going to those lengths (boom, boom) when a simple tape measure would do. I've even seen grown men measure it out in two stride. It has become a sort of a magic number, because it represents the measurement whereby we can safely socially distance from each other and still have a cuppa together. Today I have my first such event and I am so excited. Make up will be applied, the new gúna will get a day out and I will most likely loose the run of myself.

Today's Gratitude - 02/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for meditation.

Mindful meditation brings me so many benefits. I use it to alleviate stress, I used it spiritually, and I use it to get into the layers of imagination that fuel my writing. It helps me to be awake, present and openhearted in everything that I undertake. Living in the moment is where it is at and that is not always the easiest thing to do. 

Today's Gratitude- 01/06/2020

Today I'm grateful for left handed people.

Some of the world's most celebrated thinkers and artists have been lefties. From Aristotle to Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein to Marie Curie, our world would be a very a different place without them. Scientists have found that lefties tend to be better at divergent thinking, they are the world's trouble shooters. My grandmother, my daughter, my brother and loads of my friends are all lefties and I'd be lost without them.

Today's Gratitude - 31/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for keys.

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks,  we reveal our truest selves. We can be loved for who we are and not for who we hide behind. We all have vaults and they hide so many riches. Keys open those and inside we find treasure. We trust our keys to the place where we can feel safest.  If someone gives you their keys, mind them. 

Today's Gratitude - 30/05/2020

Today I'm grateful to be able to speak as gaeilge (in Irish).

Is mór agam inniu labhairt i nGaeilge. Irish is such an expressive language. It sort of showers words, expressions, feelings and states of beings on you. Often when I am writing and I'm stuck for a word or a phrase I say what I am trying to say to myself in Irish and it gives me a whole new way of putting something. In fact, I'd go so far to say that the reason so many of the best world writers are irish is because of the Hiberno English we use to express ourselves with. To love somebody in Irish is to "be in love" with them (tá mé i ngrá leat), it's a state of being. Nach iontach an rud é sin?

Today's Gratitude - 29/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for old movies.

There is something about seeing a film for the second time, it is as if the flavour percolates out through the screen and it is so enjoyable. When I was growing up there was a thing called the Sunday Matinee, they were sometimes interesting, sometimes sweet, sometimes very simple, but most of the time memorable. I must make a list of must see movies.

Today's Gratitude - 28/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for my patio.

It is great to have somewhere to sit out in of a sunny day. A place where you can drink in the sounds of nature and the panorama. Dining al fresco is one of life's simple pleasure. They say if you want an adventure, step outside, I just have to step through a French door. Life is good on days like that.

Today's Gratitude - 28/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for insight.

There is hindsight, foresight, second sight, sunlight, limelight, eyesight, spotlight, twilight and a myriad of other ways that you can see something. Maybe that is all godshite, but, I do have the capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of things and for that I give thanks.

Today's Gratitude - 26/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for my spectacles.

I had a writing deadline today. The hardest part of writing is editing and that cannot be done by me without my spectacles. I am a bit like Oscar Wilde, I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. They say that a good pair can even cure you of love then again my Guru Leonard Cohen did say something that is not so easily contradicted - 'There ain't no cure for love.' 

Today's Gratitude - 25/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for resilience.

Every day is a new chapter in a new day. The past is past, what matters is what we do today. I have weathered many storms in life. I know my tipping point. Hope and enjoyment are the first principles of existence and no matter what obstacle I have faith that I will overcome it.

Today's Gratitude - 24/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for surprises.

I like when good, unexpected things happen. I like when I'm surprised. Not all surprises are plesant ones, but you still gotta love the element of surprise. Like sitting under a Louis Le Brocquy print and having a cuppa with a friend and discovering that they have met the artist. It is in the times you round a corner and encounter an old friend or when you hear a tune that reminds you of someone. I love surprises.

Today's Gratitude - 23/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for Blackcurrant Jam.

It reminds me of visits to my great aunt's house in Modeligo. They are brim full of vitamin C and antioxidants and that has to be good right? Sometimes I take it spread it on toast but mostly I dollop a spoon of it into my Greek yoghurt. It tastes like forbidden fruit. There is no better taste in the morning.

Today's Gratitude - 22/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for diversions.

They are the things that make you wander off the motorway of a sunny Friday, to the road less travelled by. It leads to discoveries, insights, delights. Diversions are distractions for the soul.

Today's Gratitude - 21/05/2020

Today I'm grateful to the people who understand me.

Empathy is such a rare gift. There is such a loneliness in not being understood. It makes you wander aimlessly in a daze, comes between you and your sleep. when the universe sees fit to send you people who get you it is like the brightest light in the darkest tunnel. 

Today's Gratitude - 20/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for my grove.

I have a grove of Rowan in my garden. It has a southern aspect. It is a place of soltitude and stillness, yet it teems with wildlife. It houses many amulets and tokens. It is the place where I meditate and do my rituals. I feel so protected there, so safe, so at one with my being and with nature.

Today's Gratitude - 19/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for compliments.

I love compliments and I especially love the ones that come unbidden. Yesterday I received a string of them out of the blue, from a woman who has become a dear friend. The fact that she is a poet too somehow makes them more special. She called me a delight, said that I had brave bones, gratitude and fortitude. I am glowing in that aura she says is around me. She is my 'Silver Lining.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKL4X0PZz7M

Today's Gratitude - 18/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for my father.

My father is no longer with us, but, it is fitting that I should remember him today, as it marks his birthday. He was skilled and talented and brainy and could be the life and soul of the party. I remember picking him a bunch of Bluebells once, those flowers always remind me of him. I'm grateful to him for the life he gave me and for my siblings. 

Today's Gratitude - 17/05/2020.

Today I'm grateful for ensuite bathrooms.

With compromised kidneys I always have to spend a penny during the night, last night I had to spend three pennies. I'm very thankful to have ensuites, they have revolutionised my life.

Today's Gratitude - 16/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for the House Martins.

This morning I pegged white cotton sheets to the clothesline in balmy 15 degrees and watched them unfurl in the gentle breeze. The freshly mown grass at my feet verdant and green. All the while the House Martins flit industrously about me, alighting at the eves in their flurry of nest building. Little wonders of nature that have migrated from Morocco brought back by their homing instincts, to nest and to brood in the place that they were born. It is the simple things in life that give the most pleasure. What a privilege.

Today's Gratitude - 15/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for the Oak tree at the back of my house.

The back of my house faces east and each day in the morning I face the rising sun. This is right and proper to the druid in me. In my eyeline is a beaufiful and ancient oak tree. It is to this tree that I say my Druid's Prayer. Oak is so sacred.

Paidir an Draoi 

Tabhair dúinn a OllSpiorad do chosaint, Agus i gCosaint Neart,  Agus i Neart Tuiscint,  Agus i dTuiscint Eolas, Agus i nEolas an Chirt an grá faoi, Agus i nGrá faoi an grá do na beathaí ar fad,  Agus i nGrá do na beathaí ar fad an Grá do OllSpiorad agus gach maitheas a bhaineann leis.  

Today's Gratitude - 14/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for the local bakery.

In my village is a bakery, it is the best little bakery in the world with the baker dedicated to his craft. It caters to the needs of locals and passing trade with wheat free spelt and honey bread available every day. he has baked birthday cakes for my daughter for most of her lifetime and long may he prosper, the cakes are delicious. This morning I treated myself to croissants, how blessed am I?

Today's Gratitude - 13/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for stones.

I wake up with a migrane once or twice a year. Thankfully they are that infrequent. I know how to make them go away, I take the drugs, go into a darkened room with a cold flannel on my forehead and I plan in my head a site with stones to visit. This morning I played Neil Diamond's song - "Stones" and if ever there were lyrics that got me...and I know of one within the 5km range that I will visit, just as soon as this pounding has lifted.

Today's Gratitude - 12/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for bookshelves.

My house was supposed to be filled with offspring and instead it is laden with books. The joke is that they are my children, in fact I have friends who hide their boutique purchases in the bottom of wardrobes, I hide books. I've more or less divided them out to two rooms though. My upstairs writing room which is the former babyroom and where I now write fiction. One entire wall is lined with english literature. My downstairs writing room is where all of my history books reside and where I write non fiction. This is the former playroom and it too is lined with bookshelves. If the truth be known though, they spill into other rooms too, with shelves in the kitchen, the sitting room and downstairs loo and now that I think of it there are more in the bedrooms. Oh I'm a lost cause.

Today's Gratitude - 11/05/2020

Today I am grateful for the rustle of leaves in the morning breeze.

I have a garden of trees, well a Druid would, Rowan, Oak, Holly, Ash, Hazel, Hawthorn, Beech. They chart the seasons for me and teem with wildlife. My first action every morning after I switch on the kettle is to open the gate and of late I haven't bothered with it, locking out the world in my time of hermitage. A Druidic Triad says that there are

"Three sounds one should treasure: the whisper of the wind through the leaves the songs of one's heart and the callings of the universe."

This morning I was greeted by the sound of the wind rustling in the trees by the gate and it was so lovely, so primal, so life enhancing.

Today's Gratitude - 10/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for Celtic Lore.

What I like about druidry are their timeless traditions, how they look to myth and legend for its inate wisdom. In the present turmoil it is important that we look to our roots and understand what has shaped us. Celtic Lore is full of teaching that values and protects the enviroment, it is at one with nature, lives in harmony with it. Being consultative and democratic is another main stay and valuing the female as equal to the male is also a thread throughout. I am grateful to glean their wisdoms.

Today's Gratitude - 09/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for spray paint.

Every day in a Druid's life there has to be a little font of inspiration. I need to create something every day, mostly it is something crafyed with words, a story, a play, a script, a memoir, a drama, a poem. Othertimes I like to create in paint and spray paint has afforted me great inspiration. I love it. 

Today's Gratitude - 08/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for teenagers.

In the last while my gratitudes have been for both my nieces and my nephews. So I rooted out all of the photographs I had taken of them since they were kneehigh to grasshoppers and posted to them individually with my home made cards. I got lovely, warming, heartfelt texts from them and that dialogue is so precious. It is lovely to break that code, find a route into their world and be the cool aunty. 

Today's Gratitude - 07/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for the full moon.

The Native Americans gave each moon's month a name. May's full moon is known as the Flower or Milk Moon. This moon is the last supermoon of 2020 and will look full in our skies for about three nights. The term "supermoon" refers to either a new or a full moon that is at the closest point to Earth along its orbit around earth. There is moon-God in Irish mythology, Elatha or Elathan (modern spelling: Ealadha) who was a prince of the Fomorians and the father of Bres by Ériu of the Tuatha Dé Danann. (After whom Ireland is named). He is said to visit Ériu on the night of the full moon. He comes by sea on a silver boat.

Today's Gratitude - 06/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for magazine files.

These are a God send to any writer. I got some in recycled card and they are invaluable to my craft.

Today's Gratitude - 05/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for Uisneach's Fires.

Uisneach is the mythological and sacred centre of Ireland. At its heart is Aill na Mireann, or the Catstone, where the five provinces of Ireland meet. With links to Ériu and Lugh it is indeed a very sacred place. On Bealtaine, a fire is lit on Uisneach, this lighting of the Uisneach fire was the signal for igniting fires on many hills across the whole island creating a unique, fire eye, with the Uisneach fire being the pupil. This year I won't be there, but I will be in spirit and I will light my own flame and keep the fires burning :)

Today's Gratitude - 04/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for clocks.

Even though time doesn't exist, clocks really were a great invention. Time is the fourth dimension. It is a concept, it cannot be studied with a microscope or an experiment. Yet, time continually passes and us mere mortals, we just cannot say what exactly happens when time passes. A clock is a device used to measure, keep, and indicate time. It has a magic all of its own.

Today's Gratitude - 03/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for the sunsets we have been having.

My house faces west towards Slievenamon and the Bealtaine sunsets have been stunning. The mountain is steeped in folklore and is associated with Fionn mac Cumhaill. On its summit are the remains of ancient burial cairns, which were seen as portals to the Otherworld. Two of the  burial cairns (there are four in total) on the mountain are called Síd ar Femin (Sí ar Feimhin, the "fairy mound over Femen") and Sí Ghamhnaí ("fairy mound of the calves"). They were seen as the abodes of gods and entrances to the Otherworld. One of the burial cairns is said to be the abode of the god Bodhbh Dearg, son of the Dagda. And I think that it is over one of these mounds that the sun sets at Bealtaine, at least it seems so from my humble observations.

Today's Gratitude - 02/05/2020

Today I'm grateful for a small world.

There is a website

.https://2kmfromhome.com/5km/

It shows me how small my world is. I've loads to explore and I'm grateful.

Today's Gratitude 01/05/2020

Today I am grateful for May Day (Lá Bealtaine).

To some people May Day is an international radio distress signal used by ships and aircraft, not to me though. May Day heralds a season of blossoming flowers and fruit trees. A great Bonfire is lit at Uisneach to the Goddess Eiru and it is from here that there is a line of sight to all other fires in Ireland. We are half way between the spring equinox and midsummer and it is such a special time. A liminal time, when the veil between this world and the other one is lifted.

Today's Gratitude - 30/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for poetry.

Today is world poetry day. And even Covid cannot stop the creators of it. Poetry from the classic to the contemporary, from the sublime to the profane, binds us all and I love it. What I especially love are the collective of people it connects me to. And I'm grateful for all poems received today. x

Today's Gratitude 29/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for old friends who inadvertently send books.

In my last vegetable delivery there was a book in a bag for me to read. It came all of the way from Skibereen, it is called The Echo Maker by Richard Powers. I'm pretty sure it wasn't meant for me originally, but my Skibereen friend is very glad I am getting the opportunity to read it. So now I must read it and make sure it makes it's way back to west Cork - I'm due a visit there anyway. Post Covid !!!!!!

Today's Gratitude - 28/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for Bealtaine.

The festival of Bealtine marks the begining of summer, it is a liminal time, when the veil between this world and the other world is lifted. It is midpoint between the spring equinox and midsummer. In the days that lead up to it, I begin to decorate my May bush, and make my flower garlands to honour the Sidhe and gather firewood for my Brigid's Fire. Bealtaine is when Druids light the fire at Uisneach and honour our mother Goddess Eirú.

Today's Gratitude - 27/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for the Thesaurus.

The word "thesaurus"comes from Latin thēsaurus, which means 'treasure, treasury, storehouse'. Essentially a thesaurus is a reference work for finding synonyms and sometimes antonyms of words. They are often used by writers to help find the best word to express an idea. A Druid Scribe cannot survive without one.

Today's Gratitude - 26/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for my nephews.

Today I am grateful for my nephews, there are nine and that is sacred geometry, and one a Godson. They are all mean hurlers the lot of them, spanning two counties and not a bit of rivalry between them. Yeah right! All healthy competition as you'd expect between Setantas. To give them their dues, I love my nephews.

Today's Gratitude - 25/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for all of my nieces.

I have seven nieces, isn't that a lucky number, they span the globe and thirty years and one more lovely than the other. Snow White had seven Dwarfs, I have seven nieces. They are all treasures, one is my Godchild, and of late I've gotten lovely messages, simple things that make me smile from ear to ear...'How is Aunty Mawie?....Aww lovely. I love my nieces to pieces.

Today's Gratitude - 24/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for the people who have eternal patience with me.

I have fallen behind on some deadlines of late, circumstances too numerous and complex to go into, have gotten in the way. People have been so patient with me. Thank you.

 

Today's Gratitude - 23/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for the 'Banks of Sweet Primroses'

Both the flowers to the banks around my house and the song. The primrose was sacred by our Celtic ancestors who believed it held the keys to heaven. And Primroses bloomed in Tír na nÓg. Anyone who might return from this legendary land would always carry a bunch of primroses.

So come all young men who go a-sailing

Pray pay attention to what I say

For there's many a dark and a cloudy morning

Turns out to be a sunshiny day

Today's Gratitude - 22/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for my nail file.

I'm not high maintenance by any stretch of the imagination. Some women miss their hairdressers, I miss the nail salon. There is something in the profession of librarianship that wreaks havoc with ones nails; it's something to do with shelving books alphabetically. Anyway, it is my one treat to myself, once a month I get my nails done. These days I've morphed into a domestic goddess and well, my nails are not nearly getting as much attention, which is why I am glad of my nail file, for it puts me to rights again.

Today's Gratitude - 21/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for organic Irish Setanta potatoes.

Working women don't tend to like the humble spud. Mostly because it has become for them the penultimate symbol of the double day, the thing that best epitomises the start to your second day's work, when you get in from work and your first job is to start peeling potatoes. 

There are too soltions, get your partner to cook or get Sentanta potaoes. It is very apt that these are named after our greatest hero Cú Chulainn. It is a lovely floury spud that stays intact in it's skin, full of goodness and filling and yummy.

Today's Gratitude - 20/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for the ability to say 'NO'.

It is a tiny word, with only two letters, yet it is a powerful thing. My schedule is stacked and time is eeking away from me. Five weeks of isolation and I should be further into my project. I must give it the attention it deserves. These are the days I’ve promised to my book. Expect No's from me, and remember they will make the 'Yes' more worth it.

Today's Gratitude - 19/04/2020.

Today I'm grateful for the Chaffinches in my garden.

In that rare and precious half hour to myself this morning, before the rest of the house descended on me, I watched a breeding pair of Chaffinches pecking at seeds in my garden. I was transfixed by their industriousness, their plumage and by their presence.

Today's Gratitude - 18/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for the healing power of Arnica Cream

Arnica Cream is a homeopathic remidy for bruises. The flower of the arnica plant has been used for hundreds of years for its apparent benefits. Traditionally, it’s been used to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising. It is one of those great Mammy remedies.

Today's Gratitude - 17/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for my creativity.

I spent yesterday making cards from recycled materials. The Druid in me needed to so honour the earth. Today I must spend writing said cards. Please send my your address, I will post you one gladly :)

Today's Gratitude - 16/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for everyone who takes time out to call me.

There is noting nicer than to kick back, enjoy a cuppa and settle into a phonecall. I am so grateful to all of the people who have taken time out of their days to call me and say hi, how are you doing? All of my relationships are important to me and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Today's Gratitude - 15/04/2020

Todat I'm grateful for depilatory cream.

Simply that. Need I say anymore?

Today's Gratitude - 14/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for Apple Blossom.

I love how the scent fills the air and I love having the time to enjoy it.

Today's Gratitude - 13/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for people who write me letters.

It is such a pleasure to go to my letterbox of a morn and find a handwritten letter in there. So many of you have written me cards and letters since I became a hermit. Thank you all.

Today's Gratitude - 12/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for beetroot salad.

Easter Sunday on my own, no roast lamb to cook, or nut roast in a vegetarian house. Organic beetroots from my neighbors garden, mixed with feta, pear and walnuts, and some balsamic, how bad you'd be. Yummy.

Today's Gratitude - 11/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for hospital windows.

In these challenging times I'm grateful for the windows that face the car park in my local hospital.

Today's Gratitude - 10/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for Peter Gabriel Lyrics

'In your eyes I am complete. In your eyes I see the doorway to a thousand churches.

In your eyes the resolution of all the fruitless searches. In your eyes I see the light and the heat.

In your eyes oh, I want to be that complete. I want to touch the light the heat I see in your eyes.'

Today's Gratitude - 09/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for those in the front line. 

I'm especially grateful for the frontline staff who look after us when we are ill. The nurses, the caregivers, the doctors, the drivers, the cooks, the cleaners, the radiologists, the teams, the administrators, the chemists, the exceptional people who earn their living looking after us wshen we are poorly. They all wear halos in these trying times.

Today's Gratitude - 08/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for brothers.

I am lucky to have two brothers.And whilst I am biased, they really are the best brothers in the world. I waited thirteen years for one and seventeen years for the other and they have thrived and blossomed into amazing men, who I am proud to know. They are the best friends, I often felt for them coming in the wake of four older sisters, but you know what, it was the makings of them. They are hugely funny, nobody can make me laugh so much, both are gifted craftsmen and steady in life, good and kind and obliging. Happiest Birthday Ol - we will have that pint.

 

Today's Gratitude 07/04/2020

Today I'm grateful for the Vikings.

History depicts the Viking as savage marauders who stole in from the seas on their stallions or longboats, murdering and pillaging as they went. In fact they formed our first towns, brought us commerce and some of the most  emblematic and ornate artwork on everyday objects. In fact the norsemen assimillated their language with ours also and we find that many of our modern words have Viking origins. They even managed to secure three of the days of the week—Thursday – Thor’s Day and Tuesday – Tiw’s Day—and Wednesday—Wodan’s Day. I have a thing for the Vikings. 

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 gratfeul 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.

https://www.universetoday.com/14246/how-to-find-venus-in-the-sky/

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.