bear witness and hold the advice

There are a lot of things I remember in the last year of my dear friend Mary’s life. One of the ways we were such good friends was that we bore witness to each others struggles and held the advice in check – most of the time. When Mary was first diagnosed with leukemia she…

If I had 50 more years to live …

I love some of the gorgeous magazines that are created in Australia. John gifted me with 2 of my favourites today – Dumbo Feather and Womankind. Mary had subscriptions and we used to love reading the articles together and exploring ideas. Both magazines inspired me in many ways. I’m starting a creative reflection/writing challenge for…

The loneliness of loss

I’ve never had anyone I loved die before. 3 months ago my best friend Mary died after all the crap that goes with leukemia treatments killed her. In January 2105 I returned to live in Oz after 22 years in Ireland. I left my beloved dog Coco behind with her new Mum and fabulous pack…

into the wild unknown

Tomorrow I farewell my best friend My wonderful Mary Del Casale died last Monday and I’m bereft. She’s gone into the wild unknown and exploring with the wonder she brought to her life. You can have a soulmate who isn’t your partner and Mary was mine so there’s a great big hole in the world…

inspire + perspire = not sure

Uncertainty as a motivator It’s bloody lucky that I’m drawn to the unknown because lately it’s become closer than a lover. If my life at the moment was an image it would look like a wild animal stepping gingerly across ground that could become quicksand or a path and each step could be the last….

Perspire without losing the plot

Why is it important to perspire? Lolling is my love and it inspires me. Inspiration is what keeps me deciding to stay alive. Perspiration is the effort to action that’s needed when I want to creatively forage and turn insiration into reality. Passion without some kind of action/effort is just talk and can start to…

LIPS living

When life needs a recharge¬† I’ve given myself a year. A year to inspire myself. A year to see what new pathways can be created for ¬†my life. A year to bring the things I love with me and throw the shit away. The last year has been horrible in a way that’s not visible….