Caring, Sharing and Making A Difference

baby to old man

Continuing the theme on our elderly and how they are viewed in parts of our society, particularly the care system, I’d like to share with you a poem which speaks volumes. I have friends who come from other cultures and, during chats about life, they express amazement at how in the West we don’t respect our senior citizens for their wisdom and sometimes fail to act with gratitude for all they’ve given for us.  I’ve countered saying family structures are different […] Read more »

Water Torture To Gratitude


The plumber’s been at last – we’ve been enduring a version of Chinese water torture since Saturday when hot tap in utility room finally took a turn too far and refused to close off.  Necessity being the mother of invention, I’ve been experimenting with ways to deflect the slowly running water and stop the constant noise.  In case you’re similarly afflicted in the future, I can reveal a pizza baking tray with holes to stop the development of a soggy bottom, is the best […] Read more »

Celebrating On Friday The 13th


For some Friday the 13th brings angst and worry but for me, having arrived in this world on just such a day, it’s a time of happy celebration; actually, my festivities started on Friday the 13th and have only just ended!  I’m feeling very blessed having spent time with family and friends, all of whom shared love, friendship and surprises, visiting and making my day very special. My mother always said that, in a liftime, one can count the number of true friends […] Read more »

The Courage To Forgive


I’ve been away for a while doing ‘Life’ – no, not behind bars but I have felt as thought I was on the wrong end of a couple of Federer 130mph serves!  But I’m back, happy to be writing again and delighted you’ve dropped into The Cafe. The word ‘forgiveness’ creates a soft and gentle sound and yet requires courage, strength and a depth of understanding and compassion that can be so hard to reach when hurting and angry, whether […] Read more »