The work of a glorious spring day is done; the dog has been walked; the dishes are drying; the floor has been mopped. Time to put my pragmatic side to bed and indulge the romantic in me for a while because if you can’t abandon yourself to love poems on today of all days, when … More Marking the occasion
The Christmases rip around quick enough…only the minutes are rugged. – Edna O’Brien Another year I’m not sorry to say goodbye to. These past few months have been defined by sad news and sadder losses, including the death of my father-in-law – a true and faithful gentleman and role model of honour. For several of … More Farewell, Fourteen!
This week’s selection is a little bit romantic. Let me first present to you a musical offering: the Swedish composer Jan Sandstrom’s beautiful work for trombone and piano, Sang Till Lotta, played here by the amazing Peter Moore. Moore played the piece as one of his selections in the BBC Young Musician of the Year … More Sunday Miscellany Vol. 2
Tonight I joined a newly founded bookclub, a flyer for which I saw in the local library. I’ve been a member of another bookclub for over a year now and it’s been so much fun that it was impossible to resist the temptation to join another more local one. Before I joined a bookclub, much … More Bookclub bravery
Confession: I have never participated in a meme before but today seems like a good day to try one. This Tuesday’s suggestion from The Broke and the Bookish was to name ten books on your to-be-re-read list and I enjoyed reading Stefani’s selection at Caught Read Handed earlier, so I thought I’d give it a go! … More Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Re-Read
Every Sunday morning, RTE 1, the national radio broadcaster here in Ireland, puts out a show called Sunday Miscellany, as they have done since long before I was born and as I hope they will do for many years to come. Sunday mornings mean Sunday Miscellany Its new radio essays and occasional poetry followed by … More Sunday Miscellany
Another unexpected absence from blogging, my apologies. NaBloPoMo starts today and I might just have to take up the challenge and improve my habits. My time of late though has been taken up with LP, who has been poorly but is now bouncing back with no damage more lasting than a seasonally-appropriate surgery scar. The … More The Whole Day Through by Patrick Gale