i can identify with this little one
when i was a child
when i had
my sunglasses on
no one could see me
now, i’m left wondering…
“vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
the kinder have been exploring the world of clay and water
seeing the more they have it in their hands
the warmer and softer it gets
the easier it is to create things
everything is possible.
one of them even took
this wonderful picture of his clay.
“i thought clay must feel happy in the good potter’s hand.”
i first crossed paths
with this brave and amazing future author (trish kearney)
years ago on her blog:
“my thoughts on a page”
where she wrote about
her family, her careers, her loves and losses, her daily life in ireland
when i later traveled to ireland
we met in person
(even though her children warned her i might really be a male serial killer)
we spent a great afternoon at an outdoor pub
near the water on a beautiful day
getting to know each other
i had no idea what her whole story was
until she began writing posts about her childhood
floating the idea of writing her memoir
including painful buried trauma she had endured
as a young championship swimmer
over time she gained confidence
decided to tell her story
to find personal peace
to hold her tormentor responsible
to no longer be a victim
to help others who might not be ready to speak.
what followed was
her book, “above water”
a podcast, “where is george gibney?”
and unforeseen consequences
both good and bad.
this is a book of truths
of regaining power over one’s own life
of living to tell the tale
of an unbroken spirit
of helping others.
i give it my highest personal recommendation
here’s to you, tric, and to all who suffer in silence
you are their brave voice for each and every one of them
and i’m so proud to call you my friend.
“you don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”
-Edwin Louis Cole
“above water” is available at:
the book depository (paperback – free worldwide shipping)
amazon u.s. – kindle format (and on june 21 (presale) in paperback) in the u.s.
amazon uk – available now
Not an easy read but an essential one … an important book that celebrates the power of the human spirit―Irish Independent
A completely compelling book … this is ultimately a story of Trish Kearney’s triumph―Irish Times
Trish Kearney’s memoir is proof that the powerless and betrayed can survive and triumph―Sunday Independent
An extraordinary story, at times heart-breaking but ultimately inspiring. Trish’s courage, her determination and her warmth light up those dark secret places―Woman’s Way
A powerful story beautifully told―Irish Examiner
Inspirational―Sunday Business Post
Trish Kearney is a writer and mother of five living in Cork, Ireland. Her weekly ‘It’s My Life’ column ran in the Irish Examiner for over two years. She also has a popular blog, ‘My Thoughts on a Page’ and was awarded Best Personal Blog and Best Writer at the Irish Parenting Blog Awards in 2015.
Above Water is her first book.
blood moon courtesy of nasa
The total lunar eclipse with a few more novelties will start tonight, May 15 at 10:27 p.m., according to Mike Narlock, head of Astronomy at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Narlock says the progression to the total lunar eclipse will take a while. The totality portion of the lunar eclipse starts at 11:29 p.m. Sunday and lasts until 12:53 a.m. Monday, May 16.
You’ll have to stay up late on a Sunday night to see the eclipse, but it may be worth it.
There are a few things going on with this full moon. First, this month’s full moon is called the Flower Moon. It’s easy to understand why this moon has that name, with our spring bulbs blooming now.
The full moon is also a super moon. This occurs when the position of the moon is at its closest point to Earth. The orbit of the moon around Earth isn’t a perfect circle, it’s orbit more egg-shaped than circular. On May 15, the moon will be in the spot of its orbit where it is closest to Earth.
So the total eclipse is a Flower Moon and a super moon. But wait – there’s more. It is also a blood moon. The phrase “blood moon” really isn’t a true astronomical term. All lunar eclipses turn some amount of red. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon. The Earth’s shadow is cast upon the moon. During a total lunar eclipse, blue light is filtered out of the light hitting the moon. Red light can still make it through and be cast upon the moon. So the moon should look at least somewhat red. If there is a lot of dust or water vapor in our sky at the time of the eclipse, the moon would be a darker red.
“there is something haunting in the light of the moon;
it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul,
and something of its inconceivable mystery.”
credits: mike narlock, cranbrook institute of science, mark torregrossa, mlive, nasa
when you can’t get your dough to flatten
your hands are tired
you have to improvise
use all resources at hand
as one of our young bakers recently illustrated
by using a unique and innovative method
i had been previously unaware of.
the bread you bake by your own sweat tastes better than the dishes of sultans.
LEGO is launching a botanical collection for serial plant killers.
LEGO’s products aren’t just for kids. Last year, the company dedicated an entire section of its website to adult customers, featuring more complex sets that clock in at thousands of pieces. The latest collection caters to builders who are all grown up—though maybe not grown enough to keep plants alive on their own.
As designboom reports, the Botanical Collection from LEGO reimagines flowers, succulents, and bonsai trees as plastic brick sculptures. The elaborate sets hold their own against the living plants you might find at your local nursery. The “potted” flowers in the line include the elegant white orchid and the vibrant Bird of Paradise. Once you’re done building, the 756-piece flower bouquet set is ready to be displayed in a real vase of your choosing (no water required).
“though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… convince me that you have a seed there, and i am prepared to expect wonders.”
-henry david thoreau
credits: michelle debczak,design boom, lego
“hello customers, welcome to the garage. i am your 4th floor guardian m-f after 4pm.”
we happened upon this happy workspace in a most unlikely place
with a comfy swivel chair occupied after 4pm
a christmas card that says ‘joy’
a boom box
a tiny desk
a plastic plant that dances
an air freshener
a snow globe
a piece of hanging art
and a welcoming sign
what a wonderful workspace
everything someone would need
what a special person
who welcomes you
watches over you
keeps you happy and safe
on the 4th floor
a safe haven in the world.
“i’ve got a theory; if you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more.”