An Irish Industrial School Childhood

Boy 11963 is a unique account of overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles to find out who you truly are. I just saw this book in a SuperValu in Clontarf. It has made my day to discover an Irish Industrial child tell their full story and come out from underneath the shame, secrecy and heartlessness of the Irish Church and State of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The … Continue reading An Irish Industrial School Childhood

Daffodils delight in Dublin Castle

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26 I like that I can walk, cycle or take the Luas into Dublin city center from my neighborhood. I like having LOTS of choices. It’s a product of growing up in a socially deprived area … Continue reading Daffodils delight in Dublin Castle

A tribute to an overcomer, Margaret Helen

I became keenly aware of the beauty of my mother’s name whilst sitting in a doctor’s waiting room in Roseville, California. Two delicate floral paintings hung side by side. One was named Margaret, the other Helen. What a wonderful name it is. Margaret stands for Pearl. Helen stands for shining light. On Saturday past, family and friends gathered, to remember before God, my mother, Margaret … Continue reading A tribute to an overcomer, Margaret Helen