White, privileged and scared to speak up

White, privileged and scared to speak up

I live in a leafy village where almost everyone is white; my kids attend schools where the majority of the  children and almost all of the teaching staff are white.  Like you, I’ve held my breath in horror and disbelief, watching the footage of the brutal treatment of...
High Five, Mamas!

High Five, Mamas!

With the gradual easing of lockdown, return to school for some children tomorrow feels like the start of a new phase. You might be sending your children in, choosing to keep them at home, or wishing that they could go back to school.  But let’s take this moment for a...
Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Are other people doing lock down better?   They’re keeping fit and doing Joe Wicks everyday, with the kids who are obviously fully compliant.  Everyone else is having more fun with their busy calendar of online pub drinks, quizzes and barbeques with the neighbours....
Our Grandmothers

Our Grandmothers

February 29th was my Nanna’s birthday. If she were still alive she’d be approaching 104. She was born in the west of Ireland at the time of the Easter rising. She grew up in poverty and recalled the guilt she felt after sneaking in to a neighbour’s home and stealing a...
Can you Change a Habit? 100 days sober…

Can you Change a Habit? 100 days sober…

I’ve dabbled in this before- through necessity- 3 pregnancies, Dry January, giving up for Lent but always with a focus on when it would be over and I could go back to drinking.  I’ve grown up with parents who drink, both socially and at home, alone and in...
The Big Leap

The Big Leap

Last week, at forty years old, I left school.  Yes that’s right I have spent my entire life in a classroom, first as the learner, then as the teacher.  My younger brother learned to read at the age of two, partly because he’s annoyingly bright but also because I...