Christmas 2016

  We had already decided that Christmas was not on the cards this year. My husband’s knee surgery was postponed three times. The final date scheduled was the Thursday before Christmas. The last thing we heard on the way to the hospital was that his replacement...

Magic Kingdom

The last thing we needed to see in our run down council house was Mickey, what with traps all over the floor already.  So what did my brother Tommy do? Yep, he brought home a mouse. It was a little hard to tell at first because he held him in gently cupped hands, his...

Me Da

Even though I was named after me Da’s favorite sister, it was Brenda, my sister, who was me Da’s favorite. That was what me Mammy told us anyway. She told me lots of things about me Da and men in general. About how dirty and nasty they were and how they...

Granny

   I do feel that since I have inherited the ‘bad eyes’ from my Granny that I may have done anything to make sure that I did not end up like she did. Anyone with bad eyesight can relate to this. It is hard when one cannot see- to actually be seen in the...

Fairy Kissed Daisies

The memories from my childhood always brings  a smile… even when I got into trouble! It was hard as a kid to find people who were poorer than us. But then there was my friend Maggie. Her family had been roaming Gypsies for many years until they came to our town....

The Raglan

I must preface these stories with the fact that some are loosely based memories of Ireland. But as  a writer I will expand or embellish to make it more interesting. The Raglan My glasses steamed up as I opened the door and I groaned in disappointment as I sniffed the...

I’m Glad I Listened

I’m Glad I Listened Grandad often bought himself a couple of beers on pension day. Us kids would linger at the corner of the street and watch to see him coming down the big hill of the main street. We recognized him even from a distance. He was the man who...

Father Donnelly

So the Priest was coming to visit me Granny. The front room was all tidied and polished for him. This was the only room in the house with a matching sofa and chair. The rug was tucked up real close to the fireplace on the blue linoleum. This was to hide the holes...

The Mega Million

I played the lottery twice in a week. Not something I normal do- but the lottery was a staggering 500 million- an unimaginable amount of money! There seemed to be  collective sharing of dreams with people I hardly knew, who had also bought tickets – smiling ,...

The Devil’s Darning Needle

The Devil’s Darning Needle   Dragonfly, the power of illusion Threading through the subconsciousness of twilight Mosaic wings fanning the restless slumber Rainbows light, sparkling, shimmering An aura around the fear Highlighting the heart’s desire...