This Too Shall Pass

On Friday my sister passed away after a relatively short illness. It was a very powerful reminder of how fragile life can be… I wrote this poem several years ago, seated beneath a giant bell that faces a local graveyard. For Whom The Bell Tolls Seagulls scream overhead, Above the mighty bell, While Inis Caorach … More This Too Shall Pass

Artist’s Dates

Today’s excerpt from my memoir “Watching the Daisies- Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow”, recounts how I found my voice, after reading Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way”. “One of the many books I read around this time was Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” Julia suggested a series of writing and other creative exercises designed … More Artist’s Dates

10 Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia or Another Life Changing Illness

  In 2010, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that affects millions of people around the globe. The majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure. I had enjoyed a successful career as a natural medicines therapist and teacher, but fibromyalgia forced me to stop working for 2 years, reassess … More 10 Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia or Another Life Changing Illness

Blogging and Balance

Blogging is not for the fainthearted; it takes real commitment and many hours spent at a computer to create blog posts, comment on other blogs, reply to comments, create bonds with new followers… It is also rather addictive! Finding a balance between real life and blogging takes quite a bit of fine tuning… My own … More Blogging and Balance

Enjoying the Journey

Fibromyalgia makes driving long distances a challenge for me; I am comfortable on short drives around home, but anything beyond that requires careful planning and extra rest, both before, during and after the journey. Last week, an unexpected funeral around 60 miles away, took me out of my driving comfort zone. However, I decided I was going to enjoy … More Enjoying the Journey

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a global initiative aimed at empowering women, which originated from a Socialist political event in New York, way back in 1909. International Women’s Day celebrated its centenary in 2011, a hundred years after Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland began their support of causes for women. In 1975, it was celebrated in the United … More International Women’s Day