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Religion & Spirituality

Love, sex and death: What my fiancé's death taught me about the afterlife, Salon 2017
Seeing the spirits of the dearly departed didn't bode well for me living a normal childhood. While it felt entirely natural to me, my toddler conversations with long-dead relatives didn't do much for my mother's nerves, and my introversion didn't win me many friends.

Hope and Horror on the Day of the Dead, HuffPost, 2016
If James Bond careening through Mexico City in Spectre tells us anything, it's that the city is bursting with life on Dia de Muertos, the day it celebrates its dead. In macabre costumes and skeletal faces, painted and embellished with glitter and beads, locals take to dancing in high-spirited street festivals that pulsate with more gusto than Mardi Gras.

A Gift Before Dying, HuffPost, 2016
People are usually curious about or uncomfortable with my choice to sit with the dying. The truth is that being invited to share someone's space as they prepare to leave this world is a great honor. It's an opportunity to be of service in one of life's two most profound moments.

Grief: No Apology Needed, Beliefnet, 2016
Much has been written about what not to say to the bereaved and for good reason. While we are gasping for space to absorb the shock that has overwhelmed our very being, others often feel helpless and strive to fix us or make us better. As if that were possible.

Fantastic Healing & Spiritual Phenomena, HuffPost, 2016
Brazil was capturing public imagination long before the Rio games with stories of fantastic healings and spiritual phenomena. Its healing tradition was made famous by Chico Javier who was posthumously awarded the title of "The Greatest Brazilian of all time."

Light Shines on the Secrets of Newgrange, Daily Belfast, 2015
It's a regular occurrence at the mound on the hill: the arrival of busloads of chattering schoolchildren more interested in a day off than the Neolithic monument, which has, for millennia, confounded antiquarians, unnerved locals and sparked debate. Is it a tomb, an astronomical observatory, home of pagan gods, a passage between worlds?

Mixed Views on Ireland's Marriage Equality Referendum, Irish Echo, 2015
Little Ireland, the oft forgotten European backwater awash in Catholic conservatism and priestly overlords was propelled onto the international stage last week with the most progressive vote in its entire history.

Reiki & An Unexpected Afternoon, Riverdale Press, 2015
It's still somewhat uncommon to find a keen interest in complementary or integrative healing therapies outside the New York vegan yogi set that slips off to India or Machu Piccu for Christmas.

 

Hope and Wisdom in Comforting the Dying, Riverdale Press, 2016
Each day, ordinary Riverdale residents arrive at a hospice on Henry Hudson Parkway and volunteer to sit with the young and old, rich and poor, religious and non-religious, comforting them during their last days.

A Call For Decency, HuffPost, 2016
After the acrimony of the last few months and this post-election week in particular, it is gratifying to see people speaking about unity and tolerance. Each side has thought the other bigoted, and many deep seated fears need to be allayed. The solution, therefore, is not to respond by hating haters, but neither is it to tolerate the intolerable.

Yoga Bliss, Riverdale Press, Apr 2015

Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, Love This City, Jan 2014

Celebrate Beauty with Art in the Bahamas, Love This City, Mar 2014

International Women's Day Grand Bahama, Love This City, Feb 2015

The Majlis Gallery: A Haven for Art Lovers in the Heart of Old Dubai, Love This City, Jan 2015

Become an Arabian Horse Whisperer, Love This City, Apr 2015

A Step Up, Irish Echo, Oct 2005

In The Line of Fire, Irish Times, Jan 2005

Fashionista Walk, Irish Echo, Sept 2005

Good To The Last Drop, Irish Echo, Nov 2004

Jamaican MADE Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition, Love This City, Mar 2015

Reliving Hemingway in Bimini, Love This City, Jan 2014

Diving With the Sharks, Love This City, Feb 2014

Pirates and the Caribbean, Love This City, Jan 2014

Centuries of Tradition at Dubai Souqs, Love This City, Oct 2014

The Bastakia Quarter: Dubai's Most Engaging Neighborhood, Love This City, Oct 2014

Afhan women suffering more now than under Taliban rule, Irish Examiner, Oct 9, 2009

Campaign promises difficult to keep, Irish Examiner, Feb 9, 2009

Sunni tribal leaders take on al-Qaeda, Irish Times, Sept 4, 2007

Inside the Triangle of Death, Sunday Tribune, Sep 2 2007

There's only one thing worse than Baghdad by night... Baghdad by day, Sunday Tribune, Aug 26 2007

Hunting Missing Troops in Iraq, Times Union, Oct 14, 2007

Progress against Shia mafia is mired in distrust, Irish Times, Aug 20 2007

The Deadliest Tour of Duty, Sunday Tribune, Aug 19 2007

Locals now running former terrorist HQ, Irish Times, August 6, 2007

Baghdad takes notice of Stryker's work, The News Tribune, Aug 17, 2007

Stryker reconstruction in Baquba, The News Tribune, August 11, 2007

Harlem sings a song of pride, Irish Examiner, Jan 21, 2009

The truth the whole truth and anything but Irish Examiner, Sept 9, 2008

How McCain reignited America's culture war, Examiner, Sept 9, 2008

The scrappy kid from Scranton, Irish Examiner, Aug 30, 2008

Can Obama really rescue America? Irish Examiner, Jun 16, 2008

What do Americans want America to be? Irish Examiner, Feb 19, 2008

McCain in trouble but rain may fall on Obama's parade, Irish Examiner, Nov 3, 2008

Obama's mastery of technology mobilises voters, Irish Examiner, Oct 16, 2008

It's the final countdown, Irish Examiner, Apr 19, 2008

Clinton must get back on message, Irish Examiner, Mar 6, 2008

Clinton's attack on Obama backfires, Feb 28, 2008

Super Tuesday charge, Irish Examiner, Feb 5, 2008

Maverick McCain is Frontrunner, Irish Examiner, Jan 31, 2008

Two down, forty-eight states to go, Irish Examiner, Jan 10, 2008

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