2021 Grateful 52: The day is today

Occasionally, I see a meme on Facebook that resonates. I say that tentatively because I’m not quite sure what a meme is. Wikipedia tells me that a meme is an idea, behaviour, or style that becomes a fad and spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a culture and often carries symbolic meaning representing a particular phenomenon or theme. Should a meme have a picture or can it be simply words? Read more

2020 Grateful 1: It’s the little things

Lots of rain lately has left us with lots of puddles. My walks are a series of reflections but unusually, as 2020 draws to a close, I’m not reflecting on what I’ve done this year as, let’s face it, I’ve done sod all – it was a been nowhere, done nothing year for me. Read more

2020 Grateful 2: Mary, did you know?

I had a bit of a music revelation back at Easter when I heard the hymn Were you there for the first time; it blew me away. In the advent to Christmas, I’ve been trying to choose the one hymn that says Christmas for me. Fairytale of New York is my song of the season, but I was looking for one that spoke to the soul rather than the heart. I’m homesick enough. Read more

On structure, gaps, and COVID

Back in the early COVID days, I was chatting to a mate who was coming to terms with life without the structure of getting up and going to work and then coming home again. They noted that this had been my world for quite a few years and that until now they’d never quite appreciated how hard it was to function without structure when structure was what you were used to. Read more

2020 Grateful 3: Revelling in the rural

I was born into a city. I might have been about 2 when we moved to a provincial town. And then to another city. And then to a village. I’d spend the next however many years boomeranging between urban and rural, flirting for a time with the metropolitan before embracing the bucolic. At any given moment in time, I was happy where I was. I never found myself in the city wishing I was in the country or in the country wishing I was in the city. Somehow my moods have matched my modes of living. Read more

Is Santa a psychedelic mushroom?

Friends, eh? Where would we be without them? They’re our portals to new thoughts, new ideas, new stories. What one finds interesting enough to repost and share, another might dismiss as irrelevant. But in that sharing, in that reposting, there is occasionally something fascinating to be learned.  Read more

2020 Grateful 4: 7scents (re)visited

I find being in the city very stressful. Shop assistants seem to fall into one of two camps: those who are extremely helpful and lovely, and those who would rather see me dead than help me. No, it’s not a language thing. Yes, it could well be a bias against foreigners, but to be fair, I didn’t stick around to see if the nasties were any nicer to Hungarians than they were to me. In any event, it left me in bad humour and all too ready to get on the train back to the village.  But I had one last stop to make. Read more

Be still my beating heart

I woke in the middle of the night, cursing the Embassy of Ireland in Budapest. I wasn’t having a nightmare or anything – which I’d half expected, after watching a couple of the four films shown during the annual Irish Short Film Night – but the heart was thumping in me.

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Technolgy – saving time or consuming time?

Statistically for every hour technology saves you, it consumes two more. This popped into my inbox recently and got me thinking. Sadly, the claim wasn’t referenced so I’ve no idea what they are basing the assertion on. It does explain though why my communications workshop, delivered over two days in situ, has stretched to three online. Working online takes time. Read more

2020 Grateful 5: Visitors

Eating in is the new eating out. And when you’re starved for choice when it comes to home delivery, you make do with creating your own in-house restaurant. I quite like choosing where to ‘go’ for dinner, especially when we have visitors. Mexican, Morrocan, Indian, and Thai have all be done repeatedly over the last three weekends so it’s solid Hungarian tonight, now that we have a weekend to ourselves.

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