Change The World By Galvanizing Your Giftedness

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Your Rainforest Mind

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There are times when you might feel an urgency to maximize your mojo. To jumpstart your juju. To manifest your muse. To galvanize your giftedness.

This might be one of those times. 

I have two suggestions for you.

Because of my psychotherapeutic leanings, these ideas are inner world oriented. There are many opportunities now for outer world activities. And these are very important. (Don’t forget to include radical self-care.)

And from where I sit, changing the world is both an inside and an outside job. I specialize in the inner realms. The introspective. The neurobiopsychospiritual. The diving-into-your-abyss methods. The facing-your-demons plans.  My theory is that by doing the inside job, you become more effective on the outside. And, yes, you can do them both simultaneously. You don’t have to massacre all of your demons before writing to your congressperson or reducing your carbon…

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Brexit and Fundamental Rights

UK Human Rights Blog

1 Crown Office Row are very pleased to be collaborating with Human Rights specialists Leigh Day on a special event to explore how Brexit will impact the fundamental rights of people based in the UK.

The event will be held at the Barbican on February 2nd 2017.

Joshua Rozenberg QC will chair the event.  The speakers are Adam Wagner (Founder of UK Human Rights Blog and the Human Rights media charity, Rights Info), Jeremy Hyam QC, Dominic Ruck Keene and Hannah Noyce.

Spaces are now fully taken up, however if you would like to follow discussions online please follow the #BREXITrights hashtag on twitter.

If you have questions you would like answered in the Q and A session after the talks, or would like to receive a podcast of the event, then please email

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Moments of Connection


Baltinglass Abbey

In September 2015 I awoke from a dream compelled to note down the details before they faded from memory.

My mind was alive with images of gothic stone arches, awash with emotional experiences, and vibrant imagery of historical events.

I’m no stranger to aspects of Irish and Welsh medieval history, and maybe this was  just an unconscious memory breaking the surface, but I knew immediately this was a place that I wanted to locate.

Sixteen months passed, until late December 2016, along with my father, I found this place, and a pile of headstones bearing the ancestral family surname, Moore.

The energy of the place continues to inform my  fascination.

Having felt that a piece of history had fallen into place for me, I was also struck at the effect it appeared to have on my father. Few words were spoken, but the silences in-between were heavy with contemplation.

Earlier in the year, my father had turned eighty, and yet this was his first excursion to West Wicklow. An artist, with a  recently-injured hand, yet it was with renewed vigour that he picked up a pencil and started sketching once more. Celtic cross designs and local character sketches occupied his Wicklow winter evenings.




HARVEST TIME – a poem by Michael J. Whelan

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Harvest Time - postcard - Lebanon 1990s Harvest Time – postcard – Lebanon 1990s


A 155mm shell

fired from northern Israel

collides with an orchard

in south Lebanon

villages shake

landscapes awake

and echoes

rush the wadii

fear clings to grass and stone

retaliation or a violation?

we listen for the small-arms fire

but there is only crying.

Michael J. Whelan

Painting on a postcard, which I sent to my parents almost 25 years ago, titled ‘Harvest Patrol’ by Commandant J. Coates of 72 Irish Battalion UNIFIL. A postcard depicting Irish Peacekeepers protecting local Lebanese villagers during the olive harvest. This was dangerous work for them during the conflict.

Published by Mark Ulyseas in a sequence of poems titled ‘A Hundred Black Horizons’ in L.E. Poetry Magazine, February 2017

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Article 50, the Supreme Court judgment in Miller and why the question of revocability still matters – Rosie Slowe

UK Human Rights Blog

England Europe

With the Supreme Court having ruled yesterday that Parliament must have a say in the triggering of Article 50 TEU, the ensuing debate regarding the process for exiting the EU will undoubtedly revolve around what is politically considered the most desirable ‘type’ of Brexit, and whether MPs can restrict the government’s negotiation position. This post puts forward the hypothesis that such debates may become irrelevant because, in the event that negotiations fail, the UK has no guaranteed input on the terms of its withdrawal from the EU. At the heart of this problem is the still unanswered question whether an Article 50 notification is revocable.

In R (on the application of Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5, the Supreme Court rejected the government’s appeal and upheld the High Court’s ruling that the royal prerogative cannot be relied on to trigger…

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An Irish peacekeeper’s war poetry – Irish Times article, 8 December 2016

Michael J. Whelan - Writer

An Irish peacekeeper’s war poetry

Michael J Whelan’s collection Peacekeeper draws on his experience as an Irish soldier serving with the UN in Lebanon and Kosovo

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MICHAEL J. WHELAN: Historian, Writer & Poet.

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Michael J. Whelan-Author on United Nations Peacekeeping Service, S. Lebanon -1994 Michael J. Whelan-Author on United Nations Peacekeeping Service, S. Lebanon -1994

MICHAEL J. WHELAN: Historian, Writer & Poet

Hello, my name is Michael J. Whelan. I am a historian, writer and poet. I have been a Peacekeeper serving with the Irish Defence Forces in warzones around the world, as have my friends and some family members. I know that my experiences and my position as a witness in these conflict areas, although I did not realise it then, has coloured how I see the world and my place in it ever since. All history is conflict, conflict is a catalyst for change in the human experience and I fear it – that sizemic change affected through war!

My interest is the human experience of conflict as described through the written and spoken word. History records the facts, Poetry the emotion and the nature of its impact -’wars futility’- on the…

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