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Lessons from a full house

Here are 24 things I learned from my adult children during the lockdown On Friday, 27 March, the day that the then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar placed the country under lockdown, our previously empty nest became a hive of activity. The prohibition on non-essential travel, the closure of pubs, clubs, gyms, cinemas and restaurants, and the…

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A good Neighbour in hard times

Consultations can still be ‘small miracles’, even with video technology “If one wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an ‘artless art,’ growing out of the unconscious.” — DT Suzuki (1870-1966), Zen Master. Dr Roger Neighbour, OBE, GP, practising Buddhist…

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The chill of the unknown

We must come to terms with living in a new uncertain world It was a beautiful spring morning. Bright, crisp sunshine dissolved the last vestiges of frost on the grass. Slievenamon lay dome-shaped and familiar in the distance, its edges blurred by a soft rising mist. The sound of birds chattering and chirruping filled the…

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The beginning of life’s afterlife

Moments of beauty are there to be treasured before their inevitable passing She decided she would plant the tulips herself. Angling the flat blade above the damp earth, she placed her foot on the step, the handle snug against her Wellington-clad shin and pushed with all her strength into the resistant soil. Slowly, a trench…

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A wish for the next decade

It is time for the discrimination against young people with mental illness to end For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” TS Elliott. My number-one professional wish for the new decade is that the Child and…

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