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

22 Manchester, a city of music and love

“The measure of a healthy society is not how effectively it elevates its achievers, but how compassionately it supports those who have fallen. Our community is humanity. We rise in unison, or not at all.” Jeff Brown Today was an emotional day for me. It was the one year anniversary of the Manchester terror attack. Thousands united in Manchester in a massive sing-a-long to remember … Continue reading 22 Manchester, a city of music and love

Is there a purposeful denial of violence within Islamic theology and leadership?

I felt guilty enjoying multiple flavors of smooth ice cream at a Granite Bay Women’s Sandals and Sundae’s honoring volunteer’s celebration.  How could I enjoy a normal evening after the Manchester suicide bombing, and the London Bridge terrorist attack, not to mention all the other terror atrocities going on around the world? But celebrating life must go on. It’s the only way to defeat hatred … Continue reading Is there a purposeful denial of violence within Islamic theology and leadership?

Speaking out about radical Islam

It’s easy to feel paralyzed by the rising wave of terror attacks today. Global politics have kept me on my toes. They have also inspired me to speak out more. Sexy photos, funny statements, angry memes and kittens on social media are somewhat cute but what will it take to penetrate apathy ? As a survivor of terrorism in my native Ireland, my recovery journey … Continue reading Speaking out about radical Islam