Lymph Love

Sometimes, when I go in for a chemo session, I bring in my Anatomy Colouring Book so can draw some of the diagrams. I liked the look of the lymph node because it reminded me of an Aboriginal landscape painting. Here's my lovely lymph node, all colourful and bright 🙂


Solstice Circumambulation

Those of us who don't partake of organised religion have a gap to fill. At least I feel there's a gap. We lead full lives that sometimes call for the observance of rites of passage, special moments of transition, growth, birth, loss. Many times in the course of a year, we crave witnessing and acknowledgement. … Continue reading Solstice Circumambulation

Woah, Dudes!

Woah, Dudes! That was intense! I'm just emerging from the latest Stoned Zone. After talking to my oncology nurse about it, I know that what I'm experiencing in my brain is the come-down from the steroids after each treatment. The Stoned Zone is really the main side-effect I'm encountering and it lasts for a few days out … Continue reading Woah, Dudes!

Wondrous Qi

On a Friday evening, I often drive across to Tipperary, over the latest incarnation of bridges that have connected Clare and Tipp across the Shannon River for 1,000 years. On the other side of the water, lives my darling friend, in whose loving presence I luxuriate and rest. She asks nothing of me and expects … Continue reading Wondrous Qi


I love meeting new people and making new friends. I get such a buzz out of the chat, hearing the stories of other people's lives and sharing some of mine.  I love the classic Irish approach to conversation. It's like a game where we find out as much as we can about a new person … Continue reading BFFs