It Took our swallows over three weeks to fly to their Shannon place of birth from South Africa and who have they greeted but the Brent Geese down on Littor Strand today.

Over Three hundred of the Geese gathered yesterday eve readying themselves for their journey North to Greenland.

What an expanse of Globe they cover?

Today on Littor 


Ready, steady, take off!!

Swallows arrive to greet departing Brent Geese 

At the end of November, Blank Page, published 3000 copies of the book for distribution in Kerry. After a very successful launch in The Arms Hotel in Listowel the book sold out after Christmas. We made a commitment that a euro from every book would go towards supporting the great work of The Cork/ Kerry cancer bus link. This free service is such a great help as it is focused on the patient, personal and empowering. It has to be experienced to feel the quality of care and attention to detail, as they support us dealing with a cancer.

Last Sunday we were in a position to present 3000 euro to some of the team. They really value our support.

Can I thank all who bought the book, who helped in its production, distribution and sale throughout the county. I hope it brought some bit of light, support and vision to the reader as it gave me at times writing it.


“Weathering a Storm.”

I’ve been invisible and silent for a couple of weeks and here’s the reason, I’ve been in hospital.

On March the 8th, I was for my three monthly check up with the surgeon in Cork, it went very well, my bloods were excellent (I regard those as the Nasdaq or Dowjones index!). Had been  feeling a cold rising in me but then I had been lucky enough to avoid any infection in two and a half years. 

It was the following  Monday before l got to the doctor but an antibiotic didn’t seem to touch it so I was admitted to Tralee hospital on Wednesday evening. That was the start of our St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend so it was Monday before the team removed a large quantity of fluid that had built up in the lung. I had found it increasingly difficult to breathe and was using oxygen a lot.

As a result I spent a week in the ICU unit, time I really needed there, not realising how weakened I had become. Then I had a week out in the hospital ward and I found this most challenging of all as I had to rebuild my confidence in myself to do the most basic things from eating to walking to washing. 

My Cork oncology team are fully on board and a detailed examination of the fluid suggests the presence of a small growth similar to before. This is and will be treated by Chemotherapy as before and can be successfully dealt with as I’ve had a fullsom response to chemotherapy twice beforehand.

I came home from hospital yesterday and am already in the benefit of a great nights sleep in the Spring Air. I am in great form and in great care with family and Debbie, Kathleen and Ann. It’s building up time and where better but home. 

Having totally cut off from phones,emails and all forms on outside communication I know there is alot of messages of support and prayer that I’m not in a position to acknowledge but can I do so now and thank you for the felt support and concern.

Was it Churchill said, “rumours of my demise have been grossly exaggerated!”?In summary, I had my weeks in hospital, challenging but worthwhile in that it highlights something that will need attention and a plan is in place when the time is right.

Right now I find talking and meeting people most tiring so I’m going private and quite for a while. When I came home yesterday I went to where I had set the tulips earlier only to find they are ready to bloom.

 

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Health Update

BBC Wild Ireland (The Edge of the World)

The Skelligs (Aerial)

Aeriel shot of The Skelligs by Valerie O’Sulivan

Over the past few days, I had the great pleasure of watching the BBC’s new documentary series WILD IRELAND – The Edge of the World which takes a coastal trip up alone our Atlantic shore in the company of wildlife cinematographer Colin Stafford-Johnson who lives in Clew Bay.

Episode 1 starts at Skellig – where early Christian monks built a monastery on the summit almost 1,500 years ago. Next, a trip to the Blaskets before heading towards the McGillycuddy Reeks in search of Ireland’s last surviving herd of red deer.

It’s not available on the BBC player in Ireland, but it is available for now on YouTube. Watch it while you can, it’s the best I’ve ever seen – showing us again that the landscape is there for us – just for us to go out there and soak it in.

Enjoy!

“To live the wayless way free and yet bound, learn to live among things but not in things. All God’s friends live this way….among cares but not within cares. How wonderful it is to be so spiritually mature that one exists both outside and inside, one seizes and is seized, one sees and is seen, one holds and is held – that is the goal where the spirit remains at rest united to eternity. There our work and activity in time are just as noble and as full of joy as Mary Magdalene’s retreat in the desert. Remember Martha who in her spiritual maturity was so real that her works did not hinder her.”

Meister Eckhart 

Living outside the Mind 

The rain has returned like it never rained before. It is taking its toll on new growth 


Worth repeating 

“Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you will not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now.”

Rilke

Everything that is in God, is God”

Meister Eckhart 



The Rain 

Love is patient 


To be expectant attentive …….

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to live the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you will not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the question now.”

Rilke

So, ’twas decided after Mass in Asdee last Wednesday:

Free your heart from hatred 

Free your mind from worries 

Live simply 

Give more, demand less 

Expect miracles in life.

Then in front of the Pantheon in downtown Rome, lack of patience showed a man gone to the dogs!!

Patience 

“If I spend enough time with the tiniest creature even a caterpillar-

I would never have to prepare a sermon.

So full of God is every creature.

Meister Eckhart.

Pancake Tuesday was a huge success in downtown Asdee this year.

The hand of the Lord was at work in Kevin’s kitchen :

But the most popular recipe was supplied by Donie O Keeffe:
The result is that, because of its widespread use, everyone is off the drink for Lent in Asdee!
“The Lord works in mysterious ways,”as Noranne Keane says.

Lent 2017

During Lent,

 Pope Francis suggests, 

ask the Lord:
“Make our hearts like yours. In this way we will receive a heart that is firm and merciful, attentive and generous….a heart that is not closed, indifferent, or prey to the globalisation of indifference.




This Lent,

 inner awakenings,

mediated by 

Meister Eckhart:


“God is at home 

It is we who have gone out for a walk.”



Ash Wednesday