Dad, Divine Mercy and the Missing Strap

Today is the 34th anniversary of my dad’s death. He passed away four days after his 46th birthday. This year his birthday fell on the same day as my Woman Crush Wednesday episode.  I had planned to do a little Firefighter Fieldtrip as I do each year to honor his birthday.  However, my cooking tutorial took a bit longer and the museum I wanted to visit had already closed. So I went out and about in London yesterday and saw a few cool sights that helped me feel that much closer to my dearly missed father.

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Keep Calm and Silent Please

October 19th.  I’ve talked about this day with you all before.  It is my mom’s birthday.  I poured my heart out in a post called A Moment of Silence the first year of this blog.  And last year on this day I shared a totally different scenario.  I was asked to speak at the NWED (National Women’s Enterprise Day) in County Galway, Ireland.  So how to recognize her birthday this year, when we still don’t know after 27 years whether my mom is dead or alive?  Keep Calm AND Silent Please? Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

Sharing my post from last year, well, because it felt apropos:

Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day and indeed Valentine’s Day (the made up card company holidays) are always received with mixed emotions.  Some people love them and embrace them. Others have gone so far as to share on their social media that they literally HATE them!  They say it is only a reminder that they don’t have a mom, dad or lover.  Or maybe they do have them but aren’t happy with the ones they got. Continue reading

Dreaming of DC

It is no secret that I love to travel.  But what is a secret is that soon I will be going to my favorite city in the world, Washington DC!  I didn’t actually go for the first time until I was 26 years old.  This was 1990 and I remember that I fell in love instantly.  I was also a bit guilty I hadn’t gone sooner.  In fact I recall thinking that it was a place every American citizen should visit at least once in their lives.  Continue reading

Mother’s Day in Different Time Zones

If it seems like I just wrote a post about Mother’s Day, you’re right!  It was only a few weeks ago that I honored my Irish and U.K. moms celebrating Mothering Sunday.  But today is Mother’s Day in other places such as Canada, Australia and the U.S. Since I was born a Yankee Doodle and became a mom while living in America it is the day our family celebrates. It will always be the most special day to me, even more special than my birthday. Because it embodies the the two most important things in my life, my two kids. Becoming a mother was and is the most defining factor in my life. No matter what else I have done or will do, I am most proud to be mom to my daughter and son.  It is an honor in fact, blessed from the highest heavens.  Continue reading