Words of Wisdom

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I’m a thinker. I’ve always sat and pondered stuff. Sometimes it can be a bad thing. I clearly remember Mammy Byrne telling me on more than one occasion that I think too much. It didn’t stop me.

I’ve always loved writing my thoughts down. Before my children came along I used to send their Dad cards regularly. In these cards I would write my thoughts, my hopes, my dreams, my fears. When my babies arrived I had less time. Less time to think about what I was thinking. I was busy doing. I still managed to find the time to write letters to them. I stored these letters away with their baby books so that when they are older and I’ve forgotten some of the finer details they’ll be able to read about the joy and happiness that their arrival brought to our home.

Since returning to college the amount of time that I have for writing has decreased. So, I started blogging. I have found that not only am I recording some of the precious memories that my children are making; I’m also revisiting memories from my own childhood. My two lovelies get a great kick out of reading what mammy did next. They find it fascinating to learn that not only was mammy a child once but she was sometimes (ok most times) not a very well-behaved one.

These blogs have provided many moments of laughter. They have created new links and bonds between Mammy Byrne, my lovely sister and myself. Mammy Byrne enjoys reading them and putting me straight on the details and facts that I may have omitted in a bid to paint myself in a better light. My sister is great at remembering different incidents and is usually the inspiration behind each new blog.

Me, I just love to be able to write. It’s a terrific way to unwind.

While I have a store of memories and ideas that could keep me writing for weeks I do try to create blogs that don’t cause hurt or embarrassment. I like to write about my experiences and what I’ve learnt from them but there are times when I have to stop the words spilling on to the page and ask myself why this particular story? Am I writing this for enjoyment, because others will find it interesting or am I writing it so I can use my words as a weapon?

As Mammy Byrne always used to say, be very careful what you write down on a page for all to see, you never know when it will bite you in the bum! Words have the potential to wound, in this day and age we need to use them wisely. Digital media means our words will still be knocking around long after we have forgotten them.

The Author

I'm living on the Leitrim border with my lovely husband and two terrific kids. It's the little piece of heaven that I dreamed of growing up. I work in Adult Education by day and during my free time I read, write, knit, plant and bake not always in that order. I blog about life, love, family and everything in between. Pull up a chair and have a browse while you're here. All the best, Karen


  1. Aoife B says

    I love this Karen. It’s come along at a perfect time. I’m a thinker too and like you I’ve always written down my thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams but I never let anyone read them.
    Since having my kids it fizzled out for a while but recently I’ve started again and enjoy it so much. Writing is my release, it gives me comfort and helps me straighten out my thoughts and my memories. Sometimes it just flows without even thinking and when I read it back I’m surprised at what I’ve come out with! It’s been said to me that I should start a blog after a few bits and pieces I posted on fb, I wanted to but got stuck wondering what I could write about. I’ve been stuck like that for a while now.
    This is beautiful and has made me realise that I’ve never known exactly what to write. It comes naturally from an idle thought, an article, a story I hear that strikes a chord, things my children do…anything and everything! What I need to do now is just to sit down and get started.
    You’ve cleared my pre-writers block! Thank you so much. ❤


    • Thanks a million Aoife, you have described perfectly and beautifully exactly how i feel about writing these blogs. When I started first I only posted them to Twitter because I felt anonymous there. I had very few followers who knew me in reality. Eventually I worked up the courage to post links to my blog on my FB page and the encouragement I got (especially from Kathy and Claire) was unbelievable. I still get a great thrill from seeing the amount of people that take the time to read my ramblings and I get great enjoyment from the writing itself. I wish you every success with your own blog and really look forward to reading it. x


  2. laura hoban says

    I told have been told on numerous occasions I think to much ,if I could filter, that’s wishful, another great blog…Karen..your time so shine..inspirational.


    • thank you Laura, I just had to write that today, I don’t know why. It’s been brewing for a while but I could never get the words to sit right……..today they did. x


  3. And, you know me Karen … i’m a publish and be damned kinda girl. Sometimes when I write it’s like an unstoppable force and i push the publish button before I even read it back. I know I’m provocative sometimes, but I like to think that my intent is always well intentioned. If not, and I realise, I’d prefer to apologise and offer an olive branch than never countenance putting the thought out there. 🙂 Nice blog. Keep it up missus.


    • Ann Marie, we wouldn’t have you any other way! Provocative is good, encourages us to think. I suppose what i was taking about was waging little wars with those who don’t hold the same opinion as you. Chastising or taking people down a peg without mentioning their name but it being obvious to them who you’re talking about because you’ve basically spelled out the context for them. No one else who reads what’s written will get the undertone but that one person will! You my friend do not use your talent for that! Life’s too short and I’d rather say what I have to say and like yourself apologise if I’ve insulted. I just don’t feel blogs or personal writing are the forums for petty squabbles:). Thanks for reading missis, and thanks for leaving a comment. Much appreciated. x


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