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A Poem For Brigid’s Day

My mother’s name is Brigid, though everyone knows her as Ida, named as almost every Irish person used to be, after a saint. St Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland, whose feast day is today, the old Irish imbolc, the first day of spring. Much to my own surprise I found a poem about Brigid rising a while ago. I saved it for today. It’s in the style of the old Irish poetry, the oldest vernacular poetry in Europe. ~~~~~ Queen of queens, they called her in the old books, the Irish Mary. Never washed her hands nor her head in sight…

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Nobody likes being rejected, they say, but actually that’s not true. Developing a creative approach to life means learning not just to accept, but to welcome the opportunity to learn from, rejection. “Going through no is the way to get to yes,” says filmmaker, Michael Wolk. “Going through no also means, I think, understanding why people are saying no, and being proactive in getting toward the yes, and listening to the feedback, and moving forward so that you’re getting rejected by a better class of people. “The more gracious you are in handling rejections, the better you can   Read…

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