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Laugh and the whole world laughs with you

As a teenager I always looked forward to the Reader's Digest arriving. The articles gave an Irish teenager, whose parents had never been out of the country, a window to a wider world. The Digest has a reputation for spreading conservative views and being very anti-communist but that all passed over me. There was enough injustice in boarding school to keep me angry. I still think that if you aren't a bit of a communist as a teenager your moral compass needs attention. The sections I liked best, and read over and over again, were "Humour in Uniform" and "Laughter: The Best Medicine". I would read them out at the breakfast table and bore everyone to death.

  • Published on Jun 04 2018

Sorry, I am on the phone. Most of the time

'I forced myself to read a book last weekend," I overheard a young woman say to her friends as I drank coffee. Her companion was shocked. She openly admitted that she hadn't the attention span for a serious book any more. It turned out that the book the first woman had read was a John Grisham so there was the thriller aspect to keep her going. Her friend was fairly confident that she wouldn't even manage that. I felt that pleasant glow of superiority that I am now aware was probably misplaced.

  • Published on May 07 2018

These are a few of my favourite things

There are some people I meet who approach life in a way that seems to bring them maximum satisfaction. I have often wondered about how this happens and one thing that they do have in common is that they seem to know what they want in life, and by and large have a life that meets their desires. I always feel a touch of envy as there are a lot of 'adults' I know, myself included, who are still not sure what they want to be when they 'grow up'. That said, I am fundamentally happy and count my blessings regularly.

  • Published on Apr 23 2018

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