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

Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN’s Committe Against Torture

The word “remember” appears no fewer than 169 times in the Hebrew Bible – for memory is the constant obligation of all generations. Today I pause to remember this particular Magdalene survivor and Irish profile in courage — Elizabeth Coppin. Read about her amazing story below; http://www.thejournal.ie/elizabeth-coppin-un-5010344-Feb2020/ Continue reading Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN’s Committe Against Torture

Cathedral thinking in a California redwood

Walking through a redwood forest along the coast of northern California or Oregon is an unforgettable experience. A great grace finds me. The same reverential awe stirs within whenever I step into a great medieval Cathedral in England or northern France. Spiritual values and history lessons are obtainable from both environments. Before I took the nature trail in Humboldt Redwoods Park, Facebook shared memories from … Continue reading Cathedral thinking in a California redwood