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About maskednative

I live in Ireland, in an extended cottage overlooking Waterford Estuary, privvy to constant changes of light on water, colour and movement, tides and people. I am anglo-Irish and although my initial intention was to live here for a year and a day, I am still here, a blow-in to these shores for the past fifteen years. There have been countless times when I wanted to run back to England with homesickness and relief, but for one reason or another, so far, it has not been possible. I surrender, the soul of Ireland has captured me, allowed a glimpse of the world behind the mask of everyday experiences, bringing forth a mixture of words and pictures from an ordinary everyday life, filled with ordinary everydayness that I offer as a celebration, to the creator of this truly wonderful planet.

With Better Eyes

      It’s about colour, simply and wonderfully ignoring distractions, absorbing, like water aware of rising and falling, aware of the observer, seeing with different eyes.  

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On The Wings Of Peace

      During the 1980’s, Mike Bryant created a Peace card. He hoped that by sending it to friends and relatives, they would sign it and re-post, and a chain of Peace would spread around the world. I have to admit … Continue reading

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945. Darkness has befallen the beautiful city of lights. Let us pray…

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:
I am heartbroken tonight at what has happened in Paris. I pray that the Lord would comfort the families of those who have been senselessly slaughtered or wounded, that He would heal the wounded and…

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Irish Poem of the Week: The Mayo Tao by Derek Mahon

Originally posted on Top of the Tent:
The Mayo Tao I have abandoned the dream kitchens for a low fire and a prescriptive literature of the spirit; a storm snores on the desolate sea. The nearest shop is four miles…

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Sophia Said – 5

Sophia said do not try, be still, sometimes that is enough. Curtains still drawn. The soft glow of a spot-lamp on the old oak table. A cafetiere of fresh coffee on the little blue tray, printed withVan Gogh’s beautiful Almond … Continue reading

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Sophia Says – 4

Sophia says, go out to play.  And the day was full of expectation. ~ ~ ~ When I was a child, I climbed walls, just to see what was on the other side. It didn’t matter how high, your friends … Continue reading

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Sophia Said – 3

Sophia said it doesn’t matter that you don’t know how, or why, or when. Listen, there is music. A random google link to Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom brought to my mind the words “Sophia says go out to play.”  So … Continue reading

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Sophia Said – 2

Wisdom is realising what monuments of your life are worth restoring, and what needs rest. Thresholds Old buildings are incredibly interesting, the lives they contained, the changes, the eventual giving way to natural processes of decay, mosses, lichens, nesting grooves … Continue reading

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Sophia Said – 1

Look deeply into the forest of your heart, see how much I have always cared for you. ~ ~ ~ When I was really small, I explored the secret world of my Grandmother’s garden. Crouching under the bright green shrubs … Continue reading

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Roots And Seeds

Sun gold drips through green tipped fingers. Autumn whispers in falling leaves. Creaking boughs a carpet weave. Listen to the forest breathe. Sophia says go out and play, follow your imagination, whatever you can imagine is enough for the day.

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