Holding Back

‘But it’s the truth. Isn’t the truth a good thing?’  A friend had asked for my input about a tricky situation, a conflict with someone else that was escalating via electronic messages.  When I told them I thought their response was too much, that it should be pared back, cooled down, they – quite rightly … Continue reading Holding Back

Beep Beep

A car horn is for two things: 1. To indicate peril, threat to life, impending death.  In this instance the horn should be used in a sharp, short burst to alert adjacent vehicle(s) to the possibility of a horrible accident about to unfurl. 2. It’s a rural town in Ireland and the local publican’s daughter … Continue reading Beep Beep


Since when has telling one’s children in urgent, threatening stage whispers to, “behave!” when they’ve more than slightly lost the run of themselves, gone out of fashion? It seems to me that it has been: replaced with the maxim that rules supress the imagination; supplanted by the notion that robust play fuels creativity; brushed aside … Continue reading Behave