When I started this Grateful series at the at the beginning of 2012, I had no idea of how it would work or what shape it would take. In that first post, Grateful 52, I wrote: I can’t help but wonder what our world would be like if more people took the time to give thanks – to themselves and to others. Thanks for the little things that make life worth living. Thanks for the people in our lives who keep us sane. And thanks for karma – who will, at the end of the day, make sure that all wrongs are righted. Six years later, I’m still grateful. This regular practice of gratitude enriches my life and marks the closure of my week.

2020 Grateful 43: Grateful - the film

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I'm back in my happy place. Since I got up this morning, I've…

2020 Grateful 44: As Lent begins

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No wine. No booze of any kind. No cakes, sweets, or biscuits.…

2020 Grateful 45: Cupid and Covid-19

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I was late for the wedding. I'd set my alarm to be up at 7.20…

2020 Grateful 46: On sharing

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A comment on a recent blog post got me thinking: "Next time maybe…

2020 Grateful 47: Caught in a cycle of same

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Driving back from Keszthely last week, I saw a spectacular sunset.…

2020 Grateful 48: Intolerance and indulgence

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I've been paying a lot of attention to words lately and to how…

2020 Grateful 49: Marking St Brigid's Day in Budapest

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In a letter to the Irish diaspora, President of Ireland Michael…

2020 Grateful 50: The art form of giving

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A month ago, floors were littered with wrapping paper. Presents…

2020 Grateful 51: Here on Earth to fart around

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We live in a world of convenience. We can buy just about anything…