It’s been eight years since my friend Aimée was here last. It was the end of summer and I was suffering from a younger kind of heartbreak.
We danced in the rain, hitchhiked to a wine festival, to the next town to buy whiskey, pancake mix and chocolate, slept in a borrowed car during a storm, got into a lot of trouble, and laughed until it hurt. It is one of my best summer memories.
When I found out she would be visiting with her parents in May I wanted to embrace the universe. If there were ever a time for my friend with the contagious laugh and big beautiful heart to come back into my life, it is now.
I don’t think that going door to door or soliciting people in the street is the best way to spread a message. Especially now, with the power of social media and clever marketing, there are so many great ways to get people involved.
This Share My Dabba system is the perfect example of a clever charity. No one is losing out, less food is being wasted, and kids are getting the nourishment they need because of an easy to use program.
I would love to see this expand to cities all over the world.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
For mother’s day my mom requested lamb and roasted potatoes for dinner. She’s a true Irish woman I tell ya. Wanting to make my mama proud, I whipped up some lamb chops and the world’s best crispy roasted potatoes (video tutorial to come). One of my favourite lamb recipes is Vij’s lamb popsicles. I’ve made this [...]
Sometimes I am terrified of living the life that I want. Since I was young I have held back from doing things that I want to do out of fear. It’s why I still can’t drive or ride a bike. While in some ways I have been very brave, like moving to Ireland at 16, [...]
Today my best friend turns 25. I should be with her I’m not. So the least I can do is smother her in love from afar. Since she always sends me the best lists I wanted to make her one. It’s hard to put in to words the love I feel for this incredible woman [...]
We all desire to be happy. I am happiest when I feel balanced, creative and true to myself. I am happiest when I love myself, when I’m in love, or sharing my love with others. It’s not always so simple. I was reading Bourdain’s 5 keys to a happy life yesterday and thought I’d sum up [...]
I have never been so happy to be home. I woke up before 5 a.m. this morning at a Heathrow airport hotel and had no idea where I was. I soon adjusted to my surroundings and felt a big wave of relief. I was in London, and flying home. A taxi, a two hour plane [...]
Everyone deserves to be led around London by a beautiful woman. After a great wedding and a little too much Irish celebration I somehow made it here. I stepped out into the sunshine this morning to meet Alice. Alice is an honorary sister and daughter in my family. We have known each other since we [...]
Northern Ireland is a mix of painful memories and sweet ones. I miss my crazy Columbian. Love my relatives. Am a bit lonelier in the dampness. When I was sixteen years old I decided I wanted to leave Canada on my own. I ordered big pamphlets about schools in Dublin but they were too expensive. So [...]