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Strange Boats

Strange Boats

KEEP CLOSED AT SEA said the sign on the door of the fishing boat berthed in Howth’s harbour. I took mental note of it feeling it was a coded message of some sort which I had to pay particular attention to, which I did. Those…

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The Illumination of Monks Town ET

The Illumination of Monks Town ET

I was privileged again to be asked back in Monkstown Educate Together Primary School to work with 6th class pupils on their parting gift to the school. This is a well established tradition where every year the children who are leaving to go to secondary…

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Under the Eye of the Gods

Under the Eye of the Gods

The decision to go to the bar and have a cappuccino resulted in us (my husband and myself) missing the chance to get a chair because when we entered the Pantheon last Sunday morning all seats had been taken. At 8am on Pentecost day the sun was shining…

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News from the Black Hole

News from the Black Hole

12th May – 6am I have been in a black hole for several days now and I know is not the time to get out of it. Not yet anyway. Uncharacteristically I resist the temptation to forge ahead no matter what and I pause to…

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THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

I confess that it was me last week who stole bunches of wisteria from the pergolas that stood along lake Como’s promenade in Menaggio. Since the day we arrived we spotted it everywhere, bunches and bunches of it, some very long and skinny, other puffier and shorter….

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Remedies Against Cabin Fever

Remedies Against Cabin Fever

After many weeks of solitary work spent in the peaceful and productive surroundings of my studio I decided that I was becoming too cocooned, that I wasn’t mixing enough with people and most of all that I was liking my own company too much. This…

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UNDERCOVER GUIDES

UNDERCOVER GUIDES

I was standing at the crossroad of the Four Fountains in Rome taking pictures before heading down the road to visit the next baroque church when a voice addressed me “Signora!”. I lowered my camera and turned around to see a middle-aged, impeccably dressed man, standing…

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THE MAGIC MOUNTAINS

THE MAGIC MOUNTAINS

ON THE ADVANTAGES OF KEEPING ON OPEN MODE. A dear friend gave me for Christmas a children book titled Journey by Aaron Becker. It is a wordless story, exquisitely illustrated, of ‘a lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through…

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Are Art Competitions Good for Children?

Are Art Competitions Good for Children?

During an art workshop I observe a boy who is very seriously engaged in his artwork while his mother is telling me how much her son loves art. She says he spends a lot of his free time drawing and painting, that he also takes…

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THE RETURN

THE RETURN

  I don’t know how I let it happen but it did. One moment I was happily painting away, enjoying my life as an art student, effortlessly being creative and looking forward to a fulfilling career and next, after just a few years of working,…

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