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Thoughtful Tuesdays: Hope

By Eithne Cullen My mother was always using sayings and proverbs and many of them often pop into my mind. With our theme of 'Hope' coming into the magazine, I remembered her saying: “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” Interestingly enough, it’s a line that comes up in our piece ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Crossing The Veil

By Eithne Cullen This week our theme is Crossing The Veil: Exploring our fascination with the supernatural. October 31st is the Eve of the feast of All Saints (All Hallows in old-fashioned words so All Hallow’s Eve becomes Halloween), thinking about death, Heaven and Hell; and celebrating all the good people who ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Looking Between The Lines

By Eithne Cullen Refocusing On How We See Things During Black History Month This week’s theme has a very close link to October, celebrating Black History Month. Conceived to challenge racism and educate everybody about British history not taught in school, it has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years – ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Recipes For Success

By Eithne Cullen Our theme this week is 'Recipes For Success.' Here at Pen to Print, when we began thinking about recipes for success, we had writing very much on our minds. My page today features pieces from Juneha Chowdhury, one of the Book Challenge winners and Ian Ayris who has been ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Fall Into Fall

By Eithne Cullen Our pages this week have a focus on the changing season, as we move from summer, into what the Americans call 'Fall,' or autumn to us. Emmanuel Oreyeni, out talented artist at Pen to Print, has created this image of Fall; I love how he has captured the colours ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: If Music Be The Food Of Love

By Eithne Cullen Our theme If music be the food of love... draws on a very well-known quotation from a Shakespeare play. It's the famous opening line from Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night and, like many Shakespeare quotations which have come into our everyday language, not everyone knows the meaning of the ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Invisible Colours

By Eithne Cullen We’re venturing into the world of invisible colours this week, thinking about the ways the absence of colour can be applied to our thoughts and senses. Thinking about invisible colours led me to think about creativity. Where there is a space to fill, writers and artists find the ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Reimagining Our World

By Eithne Cullen Our Extra pages, this week, look at the theme of 'Reimagining Our World' the courage to fire on all cylinders. There are many sites with inspiring quotations about courage and facing the world bravely. I like this one from Mary Anne Radmacher: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Resilience

By Eithne Cullen Our theme this week is 'Resilience'. It's a really broad topic and one we can look at from many different angles. The pandemic throws two immediate meanings into our minds: firstly, the drive and determination we’ve had to show around observing lockdown rules along with the hardship they have ...