Killala and Mayo, Irish heritage

We have now submitted a small collection of photos from our portfolio to Irish Heritage. Watch this space. lackenbstrand2


Irish Heritage Photography

Declan Dekkie Kelly have been collecting photos of Irish historical and geographical heritage. We have walked for miles and climbed into dangerous and beautiful places to get the perfect pictures. We have now joined ‘Irish Heritage’ and have submitted our first portfolio. Hopefully this will be a long and fruitful partnership and we look forward to many more years of photography and hiking. #irishheritage #photography #landscapephotography #irishculture #localhistory  29468991_10156263021183156_5393661007384018944_n


Bipolar Blog 11: Conflicting Thoughts

Bipolar Blog 11: Conflicting Thoughts

Good Moaning Halloween Fans,

There I was struck by a rather unpleasant bout of insomnia when a stream of largely conflicting ideas hit me. Remember I said previously that Bipolar is tinged with a heap of ideas, well what I meant to depict was a shower of thoughts where every drop of rain is an individual idea. I presume people without bipolar have maybe 2 or 3 thoughts at a time, which is nice and comfortable. Bipolar survivors can have an absolute monsoon of wondrous ideas ranging from bizarre interior design schemes to obscure art projects. On occasion the pre-dominant ideas may happen to be binary opposites and therefore create great mental conflict, this is somewhat less comforting.

Let me explain my meaning through an example, John (an entirely fictitious person hence the unimaginative name) decides after leaving school that he wants to be an electrical engineer. John equally decides that he des not want to be an electrical engineer instead he would rather take up animal care. Two full time course are offered locally and the time-tabling means that he can only take one. John wants to take both, but this is not an option. On a simpler level Jane (yes a false name again) wants to go to the Chinese for dinner at 6pm, she also wants to go to the pub with her friends at 6pm. Now, these are very simple decisions and I have made them this way for the purpose of understanding my meaning. In reality the bipolar survivor often deals with much more complex ideas.

How should John and Jane proceed? Well a multi-faceted, multi-tasking and manic survivor would usually find a way to fulfil both options; dinner early, pub after or combining part-time and full time courses. This is grand right up to the moment they reach complete burn out. The more complex conflicting ideas often require a decision or result in stagnation, not progressing on either front. This leads to obsessive thoughts and the consequent anxiety and the question remains, how can two conflicting ideas or intentions be solved?

In the first instance the rapid stream of changing thoughts can result in both ideas being eliminated in the face of a third option, however the bipolar mind does like to bounce backwards and forwards so it may return to obsessing over the initial ideas at a later date. My first suggestion would be not to act impulsively on either idea, impulsiveness is a symptom of the illness because of these rapid fire ideas. Resist the urge to act impulsively and sleep on the ideas, take time to mull them over. Further, create a pros and cons table and way up the outcomes of any conflicting choices to see which is more suitable.

It is also worth speaking to those within your inner circle, gain some objective input from a number of people who are happy to speak honestly and candidly. Consider taking a general consensus, what statistically appears to be the better choice to onlookers. Their insight may not be shrouded in bipolar fogginess. Compare this to the pros and cons list and then make a decision. Again sleep on it as an alternative solution may present itself. Remember to research ideas as research may also present additional solutions that may not have sprung to mind. Consider also whether either of the ideas are realistic in the current circumstances. Sometimes the bipolar mind likes to take a walk off of the proverbial map and float off into unchartered territories. In the bipolar world, on a particularly imaginative day the mind may be conflicted about retiring on the moon or in Antarctica. Neither are really a viable option, so perhaps a realignment in thinking is in order. Remember that pros and cons list, these two choices will be weighed down in favour of the cons.

The same constant flux of ideas also interferes with existing projects, leaving an unfinished trail of debris behind the survivor. In order to be successful the survivor must try to complete one project before allowing that storm of brilliant ideas to bog down the brain. There is no harm in jotting down realistic ideas and returning to them at  a later date, this helps keep those ideas alive and gives the mind time to plan whilst completing existing projects. It will be hard to resist those ideas, so lay down a rule that a new project cannot be started until the current one is complete. This in itself can provide motivation to bring jobs to completion.


Valkyriekerry Kelly

New Book: Spirituality and Comparative Philosophies

Through comparing the Buddhist and Christian scriptures Dr Kelly identifies a common moral code that can be used to positively enrich one’s life.

Dr Kelly’s academic interests concern spiritual psychology. Her early work focused on near death experiences and her study led to publication in ‘Soul Searchers Paranormal Magazine’ and work published by NDERF. Her book ‘Promises of an Afterlife’ has a five-star rating. ‘Similarities in the Counselling of Jesus and Buddha’ identifies a common moral code to both religions and demonstrates that interfaith dialogue is possible showing how to live positively according to both faiths.

Sid: A Dog Tale


Tears streamed from Charlotte’s blue eyes. Her protective Doberman ‘Sid’ had died. Even her job as a vet did not help. The cancer had spread.

Two weeks after Sid’s sad demise Charlotte tied her brown locks into a bun and returned to saving other pets’ lives. She accepted only token payments to cover her lonely expenses.

One moonlit evening whilst withdrawing takeaway cash a scuffle ensued. Police arrested a crook from the off license nearby. As he was dragged away the thief shouted back,
‘Lady, you’re lucky you had a big dog watching you, I was gonna rob you first!’


Bit of Break

OK, Halloween Fans, I have not disappeared. I am completing one of my current novels. I am fortunate enough to have a publisher (picked one with best stats, accepted first time BECAUSE THAT’S HOW WE ROLL) and am assuming that they would like a manuscript. So, here I am waiting for Ashley to clean the laptop fan so I can get finishing, editing and polishing. His solution of standing the laptop on it’s spine and hanging upside down like a bat to work really was not practical. Anyways, I’m going to reblog and share some poems in the interim.

Love VKK