Giving Out

We use the expression in Ireland, “giving out” – I’m not sure how far it travels. It can mean to tell someone off, to complain, fault-find, or to indulge enthusiastically in expressing one’s dissatisfaction with all and sundry. I have a good friend upon whom I rely for our weekly telephone dose of mutual giving … Continue reading Giving Out

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

Paradox

Paradox: a logical statement that seems to contradict itself; something that is not what it seems.  My dad taught me what it was by having me learn this one: ‘The code of the road is a paradox quite, if you keep to the left you are sure to be right.’  It doesn’t work in America.  … Continue reading Paradox