For every storm a rainbow, an Irish prayer

Images of shamrocks and leprechauns — practically anything green — line store shelves ready to adorn windows and doors and free surfaces of all kinds. Yes, it will soon be St. Patrick’s Day. It is a religious holiday but in the United States many mark the day with fanfare — parades, green beer, green grits (in the South) and more.

Yet, these tinsel and plastic decorations, simplistic and fleeting though they may be, remind us to have hope and take time to find and enjoy a little merriment in our lives, no matter what the days may bring.

An Irish prayer for you:

May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,Rainbow_and_castle_near_Cashel
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Photo: Double rainbow and castle near the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland.

Wikimedia Commons, by Jimmy Harris, Flickr

International Women’s Day 2014

Equality for women is progress for all

“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Women are half of the world’s potential and every single one has the right to a life free from discrimination. I honor the strength, wisdom and compassion of all women.

Image: UN WOMEN, “One Woman”