Interruption

“And she said gently – that they believe when a lot of things start to go wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born – and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly asContinue reading “Interruption”

Here’s to 2016.

“You know, I’ve just realised we don’t have to have ALL THE THINGS DONE by December 25th.” We giggled on my front step as our breath became frost in the winter morning air. We had been discussing our weekends’ doing and going and planning for more doing and going, her with arms full of gifts to distributeContinue reading “Here’s to 2016.”

Suffragette

The woman wanderer goes forth to seek the Land of Freedom. “How am I to get there?” Reason answers: “here is one way, and one only. Down the banks of Labour, through the water of suffering. There is no other.” The woman cries out: “For what do I go to this far land which noContinue reading “Suffragette”

What is your dream?

HAPPY WEDNESDAY NIGHT! With just a few days before the 63rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, I’ve been thinking a lot about dreams and the profound impact they make on us and on our world. Actually, this month at No More Traffik we launched a campaign to celebrate dreams.Continue reading “What is your dream?”

Adventure, she said.

She stumbled until she was four inches from my face, broke out into a wide-mouthed grin that made her eyes light up like fireworks and cheekily said: “Adventure.” It was a rainy Tuesday morning in July – the kind that feels and looks like a rainy Tuesday morning in November, but no one says thatContinue reading “Adventure, she said.”

A Christmas Poem

My friend Thomas who edits Threads knows I really like Christmas (like, a lot.) He asked me to write about that, and I decided that instead of an academic defence of Christmas cheer, I would write a poem. ‘Twas a month before Christmas And all through the land… Read the rest here.

MCCONNELL, ROBINSON, LO AND NORTHERN IRISH CLIMATE CHANGE.

I spent a lot of yesterday gawking at my phone/computer and gasping as our wee country struggled to get it together and ended the day with a very mixed tone. I asked how people were feeling on Twitter. Here are some responses. To back-track: Pastor James McConnell from Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast preached a sermon twoContinue reading “MCCONNELL, ROBINSON, LO AND NORTHERN IRISH CLIMATE CHANGE.”

40

40. The number of victims recovered from trafficking in NI since April 2013*. (We said 39 originally, but 1 rescued from cannabis cultivation last week.) The highest annual total so far – over 170% higher than last year – which is down to effective policing and heightened community awareness (NOT to an increase in the activityContinue reading “40”

Dr Seuss and Seamus Heaney, and hope.

i. I grew up reading and being read Dr Seuss tales of Cats in Hats, Greens Eggs and Ham and The Sneetches. I dreamed of The Places I’d Go on rhyming roads and dancing words, and at Christmas, enjoyed reading of how the Whos reclaimed Christmas from The Grinch. ii. My fiancé and I enjoy comparingContinue reading “Dr Seuss and Seamus Heaney, and hope.”