Why Did You Have So Many Kids?

my oldest daughter is ducking behind her dad and I am pregnant with our ninth child The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. When the words The Joy Of Mothering popped into my head as a title for my short stories it was like an epiphany for me because…… Continue reading Why Did You Have So Many Kids?

Exploding Cow Pies

Credit: our family he lit firecrackers and placed them in the middle of manure plops What did this fun-loving father do to amuse the throng of children who surrounded him? We expect playful pranks from boys in their early teens because they delight in stretching the boundaries. Firecrackers offer many exciting possibilities to a creative…… Continue reading Exploding Cow Pies

Canadian Loved Obama’s Speech

Credit: daughter Obama’s speeches are a bright light shining from the States. I am an outsider, a Canadian, who rarely watches T.V. but perhaps this gives me a fresh perspective on Obama’s speech. I usually write in the family section but I disagreed so strongly with a recent post on the American President that I…… Continue reading Canadian Loved Obama’s Speech

Want To Be Happy?: Take off your dung coloured glasses!

I received free cognitive therapy because I was surrounded by a crew of little people who greeted each morning with wonder and awe. The fleeting dream that eludes many of us is happiness. We are running around, miserable in our insular little worlds, only catching glimpses of the world around us through dung coloured glasses.The solution…… Continue reading Want To Be Happy?: Take off your dung coloured glasses!

Eco-Friendly Grass Trimmers

Guinea pigs are called PIGS for a very good reason. No able-bodied human or animal would live in my house without contributing in some way to our household Our pet guinea pig pushed his luck one day when I discovered why Guinea pigs are called PIGS. It is because they eat just like real pigs…… Continue reading Eco-Friendly Grass Trimmers

Ingenuity And Creativity: Birthed In Boredom

  Relax, bored kids never stay bored for long The modern trend to enroll children in as many after school activities as possible is ruining the next generation. Contrary to popular opinion, children thrive when they are given ample unscheduled play time. Free time to explore, use their imaginations to amuse themselves and even time to be…… Continue reading Ingenuity And Creativity: Birthed In Boredom

A Good Irish Wake For A Good Irish Man

humour , wake , children entertain neighbours Credit: my daughter Cecil had been intrigued by our children’s creativity. Everyone spoke up and added their favourite memories of Cecil Foley and the quirky Juneaus Everyone else had left the funeral home as Cecil’s family and mine shared another amusing memory and laughed together. I had broken…… Continue reading A Good Irish Wake For A Good Irish Man