Category: Lifestyle

Meditation and marriage

Mindful Living My wife and I celebrated 45 years of marriage in August.  I have made many commitments in my life, but two of them stand out as having shaped me, as having been deeply formative influences on the person I am today. Those two factors are marriage and meditation. While we married at a…

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Chocolate choc-a-bloc cookies

These cookies are wonderful if you want something for dessert but don’t know what to make. They are chewy, chocolatey parcels of goodness which you can customise to your own tastes. You can use pecans or walnuts, or your favourite nuts, and I would suggest using a different chocolate chip than the baking chocolate. For…

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Weather warning over falling iguanas in Florida People in Florida have been warned that immobilised iguanas could fall out of trees due to unusually cold temperatures across the region. “Iguanas are cold-blooded. They slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s (4-9 Celsius). They may fall from trees, but they are not…

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El Salvador via Ireland and Rome

Personal Profile Bishop Michael Lenihan OFM’s faith may have started in Ireland, but it’s been shaped by El Salvador, where he’s currently ministering. “I feel like I have been blessed in the time I’ve spent here as a bishop,” he tells The Irish Catholic newspaper. But that’s not where his story begins, a strong rooting…

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Driverless trucks set to take over roads in Texas A giant 18-wheel transport truck is barrelling down a multi-lane Texas motorway, and there is no one behind the wheel. The futuristic idea may seem surreal, but it is being tested in this vast southern US state, which has become the epicentre of a rapidly developing…

Reviving hospitality as our homes reopen

Marta Osborne Both myself and my wife were very concerned about the virus and reduced our social contacts to the minimum since the beginning of the pandemic. Now with restrictions lifted, we’d like to make a renewed effort with our friends and family. Any advice? Most of us breathed a sigh of relief after hearing…

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Giant pandas stay chubby on bamboo diet due to gut bacteria Despite almost exclusively eating fibrous bamboo, giant pandas manage to stay chubby and healthy due to a seasonal change in their gut bacteria, a new study has shown. Researchers have found that the animals’ gut bacteria changes at the time of year when nutritious…

Meditation and being loved

Mindful Living We all want to be loved. My youngest granddaughter has been staying with us for some time now and has grown increasingly close and loving. She will often tenderly stroke my arm when I’m playing with her or reading a story. And, just before she leaves for crèche each morning, she used to…

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Bailey’s chocolate cheesecake

This is one of my favourite recipes to make, since it is another easy-to-make-yet-delicious recipe. One thing which makes this recipe excellent is that it is completely customisable. You can use whatever combination of chocolate you prefer, whether it be all dark or all milk. You could even use up some of that Christmas chocolate!…

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