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May the road rise to meet you.May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His Hand.

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Good Morning guys. Here is an interesting story on a Monday Morning for all you atheists out there.

Akiane Kramaris- a self taught artist, was inspired by her visions of heaven to paint this picture of the young Jesus whom she claims to have met when she was 4 years old. This is quite  incredible when you consider that her parents had no religion whatsoever!

I am going to leave this image  as blessing on all  as I travel in search of the miraculous one more time

I am not your typical Irish Mammy, I know.

And yet, I have much in common with Mammies everywhere and I am fierce proud of being Irish.

So there you have it. I love being the Irish Mammy

I will return to you in early April  and we will take it from there.I am not sure where’ there’ will lead us. I am open to all suggestions at all times and all   comments and suggestions are heartily welcome.

Note to self

In the meantime…..

May your God  keep you healthy and happy.

May your days be filled with hope and kindness.

May you be touched by Love  always,

Your Mammy on a Monday


Good Morning Children! Its your Irish mammy here telling you how to do the Deep Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique.

IMG_0003Getting started:Assume a comfortable position, sitting on a soft chair or lying down. Either way, make sure your head is supported. It is a good idea to cover yourself with a warm blanket. It will help you to feel safe and secure and also keep you in a state of relaxation if your body temperature drops. This can happen when the pulse rate decreases and blood pressure falls in states of deep relaxation.

Loosen any tight garments; take off shoes, glasses, contact lenses, tight belts, and jewelry.

Decide not to worry about anything — give yourself permission to put aside the concerns of the day. If there is something bothering you, it is preferable to write it down before the relaxation exercise. It can be dealt with at a later time.

The Technique.

Start with breathing. Breathe in deeply and slowly. Imagine that you are breathing in good energy and light, which is soothing and healing to your body, and with every exhalation, you are letting go of tension tiredness and general aches and pains in your body.

When you are ready, allow yourself to concentrate on all the muscles in your body starting at your feet and moving up through your body one step at a time, each time tensing, holding and relaxing.

Bring your concentrate on your feet. Tighten your feet by curling your toes downwards. Hold for ten seconds and then quickly release and relax and on up through your body

Tighten  calf muscles hold and relax

Tighten  thighs, hold and relax

Tighten  buttocks, hold and relax

Tighten  spine, hold and relax

Next, bring your attention around to the front of your body, starting at the pelvis

Tighten  your pelvis  hold and relax

Tighten  lower abdomen hold and relax

Tighten  stomach, hold and relax

Tighten the muscles of your chest by taking in a deep breath. Hold for ten seconds and release slowly. Imagine the tension in your chest flowing away with every the exhalation you make.

Now, move your concentration to your shoulders. First, raise them as far as you can as if you were trying to touch your ears. Hold, tense, release, and relax

Move your concentration towards your arms. Draw your forearms up towards your shoulders. Hold, tense, release, and relax. Extend your arms out straight, locking both elbows. Hold, tense, release, and relax. Then, tighten your  fists, hold and relax

Move your concentration to your neck. Rotate your head to the left and then to the right

Finally, bring your attention to the head area

Tighten your  forehead hold and relax

Shut and tighten your eyes, hold and relax

Draw your lips right back over your teeth as if you are growling Tighten   hold and relax

Stick out your tongue as far as you can try and reach your chin. Tighten, hold and relax

Before finishing the progressive muscle relaxation, allow yourself time to rest as you feel your body sinking deeper and deeper into the bed or chair on which you are resting, becoming more and more relaxed.

Stay in this relaxing state for some time and when feel ready, gradually come back by stretching out like a big Lazy cat.

Then draw your knees up slowly and bend them up towards your stomach, turn on your side, place your palm the ground for support and gently raise your body into the sitting position and slowly stand upright.

Try and practice the deep muscle relaxation once or twice over the next few days.

And start thinking about the possibility of sharing the practice of progressive muscle relaxation with someone else.

Note to self

This Deep Progressive Muscle Relaxation will have you relaxed if not asleep in no time at all

Have a great week you guys.

See you next Monday.D. V

Hugs and Love


Hi guys! Do you know what day it is today? Yes I know its Monday and it is wet and dark outside. It is also La Fheile Bride, St Brigid’s day. The first day of February and first day of spring.

IMG_0050On Saturday as I walked through the Galway Market I noticed two young girls, at the entrance to St Nicholas Church with reeds in their hands.More reeds bulged in basket that sat on the wooden table beside them. Eyes bright, hands blue, fingers busily moving and weaving. In the distance I could hear an animated conversation taking place between a man and a woman of indefinable age. Perhaps one of the speakers was from the group of atheist who had a stand- Atheist Ireland, further up the road in Shop Street and the other a fervent Catholic. Who know? It was obvious nonetheless that both of them passionately believed in the truth of their own convictions.

The conversation went something like this ‘sure didn’t you Catholics seal our Goddess Brigid and sure wasn’t she Goddess of fertility, birth and fire. And didn’t she nurture and protect women and didn’t the women bake sweet cakes and bread in her honour. And sure didn’t they  make a bed reeds with shapes like your cross over there, that those young girls are weaving. And didn’t they put it out in the moonlight with shells and white cloths chanting to Brigid and inviting her in to the warmth of their home  fires’

‘A No! A No’ the other replied ‘sure you have got it all wrong woman ‘Brigid is ‘OUR’ patron saint. Didn’t St Patrick himself baptise her poor mother and she a slave of the chieftain Dubhthach? Little Brigid was holy from the moment she was born looking after and feeding the poor. Sure at times butter appeared out of nowhere. When she became a nun she could even heal the sick and multiply food just like the Lord himself.’

The man paused for a moment and blessed himself with the sign of the cross. His face was red and the vessels in his neck bulged. He looked at me. I glanced away, aware that I was listening to a private conversation. It was hard not to.They were almost shouting. The woman placed her hands on hips and inhaled. She didn’t get a chance to reply before the man resumed his tirade.

‘She was a great girl altogether. A gifted artist. And that cross over there, is a replica of what Brigid weaved as she sat praying at her pagan fathers deathbed. She even managed to convert  him before he died. Now for ya. What do you think about that then?

‘A load of rubbish’!!  She spat venomously

‘You and your Pagan Goddesses’. The man hissed  ‘There is never was, nor never shall be, A Goddess Brigid. And anyways, aren’t you an atheist? I thought you lot believed in absolutely nothing?’

‘Better than you Catholics that believed in absolutely everything’ came the retorted reply.

I smiled, bought the St Brigid’s’s cross from the two girls and walked away.

There is no comeback when people talk in absolutes. Life has a way of teaching you that. Much of our understanding  about Brigid was  given to us when  we sat beside the fire listening to stories and perhaps this  is how the wonders of St Brigid t and the Goddess Brigid became fused into one. Things change with time and yet part of the traditions remains. I remember as a child leaving a cloth out on the 31st of January in the moonlight waiting for Brigid’s ’s blessing.

We Irish love this day. Spring is here. Soon the lambs will be born and the bells will ring.

So there you have it a story for you to discuss at your Tea Break this Monday


 Hugs and love




IMG_1319It is this time of year again!Everyone around me at the moment is feeling lethargic, suffering from some sort of  flu. It is  cold,dark and wet outside. Death has claimed friends and loved ones including the beloved David Bowie. I did not know him. Nonetheless, I loved him. He was my hero and the world is a lesser place without him. My mother -being the eternal optimist, would say that the world is a better place because of him.

Like many people in Ireland back in the day, my mother also swore that  pepper in boiled milk was great for you if you were suffering from ‘sniffles’, colds or flu.

The following cure I am about to tell you about is a fantastic ‘ pick me upper’ when you are feeling awful. It  is a modification of this old original cure.  I am suggesting using Cayenne pepper instead of the ordinary fine white pepper and water instead of milk.  Be warned however it is shocking hard to take!!

You will need

  • Two teaspoons of dried Cayenne Pepper. You can buy this in any local shop.
  • Water, distilled or boiled.


  • Put two teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a glass
  • Add a small amount of hot or cold water and drink down in one gulp. Some people prefer it hot. I prefer the water to be cold
  • Follow immediately with a glass of cold water.

The cayenne pepper works by dilating the blood vessels. When the capillaries are dilated oxygen and other nutrients are released and is absorbed into the body thereby enhancing the body ability to recovery from the infection.


 This remedy may not suit when  you are taking medications and if you are worried about any aspect of your health whatsoever, check with your own health practitioner before taking Cayenne Pepper.

Note to self

Have a great one you guys.

Stay warm.

If you are brave or sick enough, try taking the Cayenne Pepper in water.

Believe me when I tell you it works. It really does and fast. Once you have taken it you will start to perspire, thereby reducing your temperature and returning your body back to its natural state of homeostasis.  

Hugs and love on this Monday.


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