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01 May / / Life

Tom and Eileen’s house. Glenshesk, 2006.

The lure of an abandoned house is in not knowing the story of the people who lived there. Imagining the people who lived there. What their lives were like. Why they left behind their home and where they went to next. But with this place, I knew the people well.

28 March / / Life
14 November / / Life
I decided to stop drinking for two months. So I did. I decided to sever a series of toxic relationships. So I did. I decided to take some risks in my career. And I did. I decided to start taking yoga classes. And I did. I decided to start writing again. So I’m writing this. At the beginning of those yoga classes, the instructor utters some words which are magical to me.
13 June / / Life
This is going to be a strange post. But then it’s a strange time, and my head is full of conflicting ideas and emotions and memories. So expect a jumble of words that may not entirely make sense and may not be in exactly the right order…. Last Monday, I found myself in Elstree, the home of Big Brother. On assignment as our roving reporter to meet with 89 potential housemates for the new series.
25 August / / Life

Rewind to two days before the funeral, his green Nissan Primera racing toward Ballycastle for the final time. But he’s not at the wheel, I’m the driver, my newly widowed mother beside me, still shell-shocked. Sister in the back seat, silent.

24 May / / Life

How does an Atheist deal with death? Two things have made me think about death and Atheism lately: a reading of Richard Dawkins’ book, The God Delusion and the news that my father has terminal cancer.

24 April / / Life

Last Wednesday I got dragged to France. I’ve never been to France, although I have tried their method of kissing before and even their ticklers once or twice.