Be a piece of peace


Kozo at Everyday Guru’s recently posted ‘We Can Make a Difference – Right Here, Right Now’ .       I believe we can and what better time to start than the night before Christmas?

“Bloggers for Peace is an effort to actively do something to create more peace in the world in 2013 by dedicating a number of posts specifically to peace. Everyone is invited to join and the requirements are simple and flexible:”

  • Devote at least one post a month to/for/about peace.
  • Put a “Bloggers for Peace” badge on your blog.
  • Link your post to at least one other post from a different Blogger for Peace.
  • Put instructions on your post for others to join the group or link back to this post.

Here are some thoughts on peace that have synergy with my own – hopefully they strike a chord with you too.

“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth; Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust; Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace; Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe” –  Satish Kumar.

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal”  – John F. Kennedy.

“Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal” –   Yehudi Menuhin

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, there would be peace” –  John Lennon.

So why not give it a go…. all we are saying is give peace a chance.



Christmas Wishes – Love and Peace

See the stars, diamonds in an ink black sky    

Feel the breeze, an icy breath of winter sighs.

Sing with joy, the words of carols amplify –

Childhood dreams, as reindeer over rooftops fly.


 Love and peace, two precious gifts we cannot buy

Within our grasp, a change we need to sanctify.

Fear and hate, fake prophets to be cast aside –

Choose goodwill, purge human faults and purify.

 Earth is sore, our impact cannot be denied…

Time to change; make peace, don’t fight, be dignified.

Love and peace, two precious gifts we have inside

Use them now; please let’s heal the whole world-wide.

 Childhood dreams, as reindeer over rooftops fly,

Love and peace to unify all humankind.

Tá mo chroí istigh ionat ~ My heart is within you


I speak fondly of my friends and family because I am very fond of them.

Tá mo chroí istigh ionat.  My heart is within you – all of you.

My family is small but perfectly formed.  My Dad is a regular visitor here and has been truly marvellous this year.  I was devastated to have to tell him that yet again breast cancer had struck our family; I really didn’t want to bring that shadow back to his door. I cannot thank him enough for his love, support and understanding, or for his sense of humour 🙂 My Aunt and Great Aunt have helped me along with phone calls, emails and texts.  I’m sure they won’t mind me saying that they are no longer young women, both have health challenges of their own but they’ve been stalwart in providing affection and compassion. Don’t forget Aunty L that I’m expecting you to teach me how to get into mischief when I’m fully recovered…

My long-standing friends have helped keep my spirits up and shown more kindness than I am worthy of.  Yesterday I was visited by four kings whose richness of character make them wealthier than the richest people in the world.  They brought felicitations and blessings from some of my new friends who I know will be here for keeps and today brought more special visitors who hold a place in my heart for always.

As Christmas approaches I reflect on a year of trials and tribulations; 2012 has not been an easy journey and I know 2013 will  bring a few more bumps in the road.  I’m ready for them.  I also know this year has been very unkind to some folks who are very dear to me. I’m sad that my dysfunctional body prevented me being with you in person to share your burdens.  I think of you each day and in spirit I am always by your side.

I am indebted to my family and my friends for standing by me, helping me through the difficult times and making me smile from ear-to-ear on a regular basis.   Whatever happens next, my heart is within you today and for always and I thank you for being the very special people you are.

Last week was very cold and frosty. I was able to capture this picture of my favourite winter visitor.  These little fellows are highly territorial so although there are several of them in the area, they regularly chase each other off.


This week it’s wet again and there are yet more flood warnings.

If the end of the world is coming it seems to be taking the form of lots and lots of mud!


Yesterday I had a very special visitor.  He traveled 80 miles to see me in spite of being at work until lunchtime and really brightened my day.  Later in the evening,  I had an amazing chat with my son.  Nothing remarkable there one might think.  But I wonder how many 19-year-old lads sit down and really talk to their Mom’s these days?  I also wonder how many Mom’s (or Dad’s) really make time to listen fully and intently to what their teenagers have to say?

As a mother I’ve tried to be a good parent but more than anything I’ve tried to be a true friend.   True friends can tell each other anything – hopes, fears, dreams, aspirations – and they love each other unconditionally. Unconditional love is, I think, quite rare these days but where it exists it’s blissful.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the things that make us happy because at the moment I feel deluged with advertisements for expensive jewellery, perfumes, clothing and accessories.  I see the (fake) smiles of the actors/actresses/models presented with these gifts and I read the subliminal messages.  Buy this, you’ll be ecstatically happy and feel exquisitely gorgeous.  Give this and your loved one will be overwhelmed and overjoyed.   I wonder how many of us are taken in by the hyperbole.

In my world, blissful can’t be found in or through material goods.  It’s a state of mind, body and spirit engendered by meaningful interactions.  It might be stroking a purring cat, having a great conversation, sharing a hug, walking in the park, watching the moon rise or the sun set. I am a creature of simple pleasures.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like choosing gifts for my loved ones and I very much enjoy the act of giving, but I’ve come to appreciate that the greatest gifts cannot be bought or sold.  Unconditional love isn’t available on Amazon. A shoulder to cry on can’t be found on eBay.  Supermarkets don’t do buy one get one free offers on hugs.   Only we can give each other these precious gifts and no cash is necessary.



All my Christmases are coming at once :-)

Yesterday I mentioned that kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award and I’m truly honoured.

I created FEC-THis to keep friends and family up to date with my journey through breast cancer and as a way to prevent myself becoming sane in the process.  I didn’t expect my writing to have meaning for others and I’m very touched.

So down to business. The rules for accepting this award are:

  • Display the award certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers. 
  • Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
  • Post 7 interesting facts about yourself

I find it hard to nominate other blogs because there are so many versatile, creative folks out there and choosing between them is an almost impossible task.  Hopefully I will get the chance to nominate everyone over the next few years but for 2012, here are my Versatile Blogger nominations:

Letters for Michael   –   Talk about Cheesecake  –   Moms-opinions
Smell my paw  –   Live Someday  –  Efrata Denny Saputra Tunus
The Winter bites my Bones   –  Add Grain On Earth  –  Czech the Flip
A Word in Your Ear  –   Manningtree Archive  –  Chris Hampton
Lian Trowers  –  Renato Vasconcellos David  – Prettyonpurposeblog


Seven interesting things about me…. well they may or may not be interesting:


  1. My Western star sign is Leo
  2. My Chinese sign is Earth Rooster
  3. My eyelashes are growing back
  4. I helped my son with a part-time job application yesterday, today he’s been invited for interview 🙂
  5. The bruise from my last blood test (3rd December) is still there
  6. I trained as a mini and juniors rugby coach
  7. I love berries







Monday thank you’s



Today I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to write a guest post for Kozo over at Everydaygurus.  I wrote about some of the learnings I’ve gained from my run-in with breast cancer.

I hope to have offered small insights that might go some way towards helping others with cancer and health conditions that have a major impact on our lives. Stop by Kozo’s blog, it’s a positive, inspiring and uplifting place to visit with lots of insights for everyday life.  I especially like 5 Ways to Give Yourself a Hug.   Thanks for welcoming me into your blog Kozo and for all the virtual hugs 🙂


The Versatile Blogger

The Versatile Blogger (Photo credit: elcamino73)

My second thank you today goes to for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’ll write a proper post to accept the award but wanted to say “thank you”  for thinking of me, reading and appreciating my eclectic collection of posts. I’m honoured.



My third Monday thank you goes to my deputy at work, Gordon.  A truly great guy, Gordon has been thrown into a very difficult job in challenging circumstances this year.

He’s  managed to retain his sense of humour throughout and has helped me enormously.  I feel lucky to work with him and look forward to a better year for us both in 2013.