Category Archives: great ideas for books

Family Frailty

My son and I have a lot in common, once you get past genetic makeup, skin color, gender, sporting prowess, and taste in music. Like me, he is not entirely honest with himself or others; is not inclined to stick … Continue reading

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Seven Days of Bliss

This was a great week. I got to see my son and hold his baby girl. My daughter won a job interview with one of the world’s biggest and best known companies. I began to work on a project that … Continue reading

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Blogging for Ireland on the World Blog Tour

I am part of an Olympic blogging event. Yvonne Watterson has passed the baton and I will not fumble. When it comes to blogging, I have stamina, form and flow–it is truly my sport. Yvonne and I are blogging for Ireland … Continue reading

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Perfect Dinner Companions

” We never run out of conversation,” said John and looked adoringly across the table at his wife. “We’ve lived long enough to have a lot of stories.” “And we’ve lived long enough to tell each of them a number … Continue reading

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Ideal Christmas Gifts for Itchy Ankle and Beyond.

I realize this list is a little late but the details are worth remembering for next year’s buying frenzy, or for people who have birthdays in January. Anything from Chocolopolis I invested some money via Kickstarter this year to help … Continue reading

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Other People’s Houses

The one careful owner of Kate and John’s weekend apartment in New Orleans may be a great shopper at swap meets, flea markets and yard sales. Or perhaps she has way more than the average number of nutty relatives who … Continue reading

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Putting the rot in erotica

I have had an enthusiastic response to my offer to pen the Irish version of Fifty Shades of Gray.  (See Forty Shades of Green). I am simply waiting for both the Catholic church and the Democratic Unionist Party to come … Continue reading

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Forty Shades of Green: Ireland’s answer to Fifty Shades of Gray

Spud Hughes is over-excited. It seems the author of Fifty Shades of Gray is married to a man from Newry, Co. Down, Spud’s home town. Spud is sure that E.L. James picked up her filthy habits from her husband, and so he is … Continue reading

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Dean Swift, Napoleon’s nose and Lilliput Street: Are they by any chance related?

I thought I knew quite a lot about Dean Swift.  I have even read Gulliver’s Travels. In all the stuff about satire, and St Patrick’s Cathedral and so on, I have never been aware of any connection between the great … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Papal Package

You may have seen my recent letter to Doris Brazil, an elderly retailer in the South of England with whom I have a sort of 84 Charing Cross Road relationship. She sends me slow-moving items from her Ladies Wear store … Continue reading

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