• photographs

    keep flying

    I took this picture in Galway city, down by the Spanish Arch and looking across the River Corrib, at the weekend. We’d been experiencing bouts of sleety downpours, but in between there were blasts of sunshine. I lucked out with this shot of a seagull frozen as it passes across my view of the sun. A moment of freedom, in between wintry squalls.

  • photographs,  Thoughts


    Yesterday a swallow flew into my house, and became trapped. It happens several times every summer if I leave the back door open for a short period of time. Swallows speed so quickly across the skies I have no idea how they process the information of where they are going fast enough. They fly into the space, assuming there will be a way out, and become panicked when the obvious route – the glass window – will not allow them egress. This one flew up and down the glass, its wings beating against the barrier uselessly. My dog Minnie, excited, ran about the room, watching its struggles. After frantic attempts…

  • advocacy

    making a difference

    I’d like you to take a look at this TED talk by Sheryl WuDunn on the subject of “Our century’s greatest injustice”, which is about gender inequity: http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf 50-100 million missing women in the current world population. That’s gendercide. Ms. WuDunn has written a book with her husband Nicholas D. Kristof called Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which addresses the same issue as this talk. Although, I was rather saddened to see that there is a chapter in the book entitled “Is Islam Misogynistic?” Based on my research the dogmas of most religions in the world are anti-female. When I was 16-years-old it became evident…