It was the best of times, it was the best of times

It was the best of times, it was the best of times

It seems like all we hear is how awful and unjust the world is today. Judging by the news media you’d think we’re living in typically harsh, oppressive, hateful times. But the reality is, in fact, quite the opposite. Globally, extreme poverty is down (Reuters). Literacy is rising, which cognitive scientist Steven Pinker argues is […]

It’s Art, Duh!

It’s Art, Duh!

  It was Raymond’s suggestion. I had never really understood art, so I was never very inclined to visit art galleries. I can appreciate the colours, the skill; the talent involved. I understand that there’s talent. Well, most of the time—as Bob Dylan said. Other times . . . Well, I just don’t know. Like […]

Youth

Youth

A boy wakes up to his reality.

Conversations with Family Members (and the Bits In Between).

Conversations with Family Members (and the Bits In Between).

    The mother (i)   My mother calls while I’m in the middle of editing a piece that’s to run in a tabloid. I pick up, because she’ll keep calling until I do. ‘Hey, Mam. I’m kind of busy.’ ‘I know, you’re always busy, can you just do something for me for a sec?’ […]

Jobless

Jobless

  He thought to himself that there was no such thing. “There’s always a job to do,” he’d say. And he was right.   If ever a neighbour needed his talents, he was there: screwdriver, plug fuse, even door knob. He was right,   there always was a job to do. He’d been on his […]

The Wild Garden

The Wild Garden

A Dublin dining experience.

Kite

Kite

  It comes on slowly, gently at first. Afters years and years, after fears And arrears and tears.   It comes on slowly. And on a day like any other, The wind arrives.   And the kite is airborne.

In the Supermarket

In the Supermarket

In the supermarket I purchased a pound of laughter when the checkout girl hollered over the PA for a price-check on “asshole customers”   In the supermarket I purchased a kilo of Schadenfreude when I witnessed asshole customer fall over as he complained to the checkout girl   In the supermarket I purchased a tub […]

Born Quitter

Born Quitter

A man tries to quit smoking