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Cead Mile Failte – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

A Heartfelt Irish Welcome!

Hi, I’m Marie and this is my SPACE where I get to CREATE and indulge my love of writing, learning and reaching out to you!

I love the interactions and connections I’m making here on WordPress and I’ve mentioned it in this post

https://wordpress.com/post/createspaceweb.wordpress.com/2973

I believe writing is cathartic and sharing our stories opens us up to conversations that can broaden our perspective and enhance our world view.  I also believe we are amazing human beings with endless potential and we have the power to empower!

I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes

Grace Paley wrote “If you say what’s on your mind in the language that comes to you from your parents and your street and friends you’ll probably say something beautiful.”

My door is always open, please pop in to visit anytime!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday reflection…The Gift of the Gab!…the art of Conversation.

via Daily Prompt: Conversation

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The Gift of the Gab…Conversation…talking!

I’m Irish, so need I say more??

I love people and

I love good conversation.

I love watching women in cafès having heart to heart conversations.

I love listening to my male students having whole-hearted conversation at break time.

I love when my students get knee deep in conversation during group discussions.

I love when students gain enough confidence to join into conversations and share their opinions.

I feel sad when students tell me they haven’t spoken a word of conversation to another human being since our previous class.

I feel it’s time to make a change, to make a difference…We all need conversation!

So let’s reach out and start a conversation with someone today.  In a shop, on the street and if  you lack confidence in your conversation skills and all else fails…come to Ireland and kiss the Blarney Stone…guarantees you an instant…Gift of the Gab!

https://blarneycastle.ie/pages/kiss-the-blarney-stone

https://www.tourismireland.com/Press-Releases/2016/March/1-4-million-Canadians-tune-in-to-the-island-of-Ire

Much love,

Marie xx

 

Guest Post…”Who am I today?” The Superpower that is a Writer’s Voice!

Today I am really proud and excited to have the opportunity to share a beautiful piece of writing by one of my students, Liam Cleere.

Liam returned to learning a few years ago having struggled with literacy difficulties for many years. However, within a very short space of time he moved from a place where he struggled to write two sentences to realising that he loved to write!

Liam has now written numerous pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and has pieces published in Tipperary ETB’s (Education and Training Board) Adult Learning Scheme Annual for a number of years and last year in NALA’s (National Adult Literacy Association) Magazine, Literacy Matters, which is distributed throughout Ireland.

Liam also wrote a poem for The Clancy Brothers Festival “If these chairs could talk’ project, held in June and he also agreed to read his poem to a gathering in Carrick-on-Suir Library for Culture Night.

Liam is eager to encourage anyone who has difficulty reading or writing to reach out and join adult literacy classes.  With this in mind he was an Ambassador for Literacy, speaking at NALA’s Student Day; which gives students the opportunity to meet other students with similar concerns, helps students build their confidence, self-esteem and realise the value of their unique voice.

All these new challenges demonstrate Liam’s determination to overcome obstacles in his life, further his new-found love of writing and enhance his personal development.

Liam’s non-fiction piece, “Who am I Today?” which speaks for itself…

In it Liam reminds us of two important things;

that…”as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination

And…”Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun”. 

 

Who am I today?

There was an awful row, well it was more of a battle in our house the other morning. The fighting and violence was terrible. And where was I you might ask, and what was I doing? Well, I was in the middle of it, and what I was doing?  I was having fun!  I’m Superman you see!

Not the real Superman of course, I can’t fly but on that morning I was!  No, I’m not going crazy or popped too many Happy Pills. I was saving the house from The Joker and Harley Quinn and a load of other bad guys, with my daughter Caitlin, who was Wonder Woman, complete with mask and cape and Sierra the Wonder dog. We were playing out one of Caitlin’s games and I had the best time. We both did!

Imagination, there’s a lot to be said for it and Caitlin has a powerful one. We have always encouraged her in her imagination and I play with her often.

In the days before the battle between good and evil I had been Batman and Fred from Scooby Do and in Caitlin’s words, I was a baldy Fred! To me it doesn’t matter what we play as long as we have fun and enjoy it. I have been everything from a Princess to a Pony in Caitlin’s games. I’ve had my nails done and even been treated to a makeup session (didn’t look half bad if I say so myself) and I loved every minute of it! I believe that once a child has a good imagination they can be anything they want, and as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination. All the toys in the world, or computer games, phones, tabs or whatever can’t match the powerful mind of a child. It’s fun to watch and even better to be asked to play.

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Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun! Does me the world of good and who cares if I look silly, Caitlin certainly doesn’t and neither do I. Who will I be tomorrow?  I can’t wait to find out!

Ps    In case you’re wondering who won the battle? Wonder Woman and Superman of course. It was very close until Wonder Woman zapped them with her electric power and saved us all!

Liam Ceere

 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

Would you agree Liam has come a long way from struggling to write two sentences?

Would you send him any words of encouragement?  I’d love to hear what you think and I will happily pass them on to Liam!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

Daily Prompt: Neophyte

via Daily Prompt: Neophyte

A year ago I was a neophyte to blogging. I typed up my first post and put it out there as much for myself as for you.

A little over sixteen months on and I’ve realised that something that started out as a pass-time has blossomed into something much more. I have a new dimension to my life.  It doesn’t replace other aspects of my life, like the enjoyment of working with my adult learners or my involvement with my family and friends but it does enhance them!

A little less than two years ago I would have LOLled, if you told me that I would share posts and comments with fellow bloggers from Ireland, Canada, America, Hong Kong, U.K., Malta, Nigeria and India!

I am no longer a neophyte to blogging and this could not have happened if it wasn’t for each one of you, taking the time to read my posts and better still swap comments, tips, insights and warm encouraging feedback!

I hope I can continue to do the same for others in return!

A warm Irish thank you and blessings to you!

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Marie

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