A week in flowers, food, family and friends

From top left, counter-clockwise: the chicken caesar salad we had for our anniversary dinner at home last night, a dessert tasting plate with pastries we brought back from a great bakery, the said bakery’s decor, the orchid I received as a gift, a potted flower arrangement made by eldest daughter with plants she chose at…

Thank you

One of the things I like most about blogs and following certain bloggers is the feeling every day or so as though I get to unwrap a present from someone I’ve come to know in a small  but real way over years. Visiting the websites of my favourite bloggers while drinking my morning coffee is…

Jealousy sucks – smother it with gratitude

Jealousy is a destructive anxiety and a poison which divides communities, said Pope Francis recently, and families too I would add. We see its impact in the first pages of the bible, as the reason for Cain’s murder of his brother Abel. And we see it in the news headlines every day. But what about within…

How important is teaching gratitude to our children?

My column originally published in The Catholic Weekly last week. I love the school holidays because they give me a chance to organise get-togethers with friends we don’t get to see in the regular course of things. During one of these last week I was watching our children tear around their friends’ backyard with them, tumbling…