Time For An Integrity Audit, Perhaps?

You are enough

How do you feel about the dawning of a new year? As the old year ticked into the new and with ‘port and lemon’ in hand, I felt mixed emotions, not the euphoric response enjoyed by many, and yet all on a baseline of happiness. As the momentous minute arrived, perhaps you were: (a) renewing your body through sleep; (b) recharging your glass ; or (c) maybe vigorous and prolonged (b) had induced (a)? No matter, if you’re reading this […] Read more »

Fantastic Frank Johnson And The Silent Assassin

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Imagine suddenly being unable to speak.  Or walk.  Or feed yourself.  Or think clearly.  Frightening, isn’t it?  And no, you haven’t suffered a stroke, by the way.  Imagine losing only one of those functions.  I invite you to remain silent for just an hour.  (No cheating, you lot, I almost heard you thinking you do it all the time!)  I mean unable to share a joke or concern, or read to your child, or talk to your grandchild. Meetings at […] Read more »

Maya The Magnificent

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The beautiful soul that is Maya Angelou travelled home yesterday, her earthly task of shining light into dark places completed.  And if at our moment of transition we review our physical experience, it will have been spiritually rewarding to see the impact her writing and insight had upon so many.  But so much physical and emotional experience went into the blending of the amazing woman who was Maya. Did you realise, for example, that for five years Maya was mute, […] Read more »

2.3 Decades And Counting . . .

Twenty-three years ago I was enjoying Day 4 of our honeymoon in Hong Kong before moving on to Bangkok and then Phuket.  Three weeks’ of fascinating discoveries and enchanting places.  First glimpse of our hotel in Phuket took my breath away.  Through the glass doors of a bright open Reception I saw brilliant white sand lapped gently by astonishingly blue water. The bungalow rooms, each with their own front door, were built around a courtyard filled with fragrant exotic flowers […] Read more »

Tragedy And Hope . . .

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Just four weeks away from holding her baby in her arms she stood shocked, on automatic pilot and wondering how to get through the day – literally.  It was clear her body was protecting her from the worst realisation that eleven members of her family had been snatched away by the typhoon which hit the Philippines.  And still her unborn child moved along the timeline towards birth.  I wondered whether the shock might hasten the event and prayed this new […] Read more »

Motorway Pile Up Problem

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This evening Daughter had a very lucky escape while driving down the M5.  Right before her eyes, within a split second, a 9-car crunch happened.  Fortunately, there was space for her to pull into the outside lane before performing an emergency stop.  The four cars in front were concertinaed into each other, two hit the central reservation, one shot off up the embankment and various others collided.  Daughter called the Police and was twice cut off.  She then rang me […] Read more »

Is Gratitude Your Attitude?

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This morning I caught myself engaging in a little ‘mental moaning’. I was in the shower but not my warm, welcoming womb-like cubicle where I seem to do my best thinking but rather the over-the-bath version with plastic shower curtain.  Why?  The cubicle’s sprung a leak – again – and there’s a notice in there saying ‘under repair’. Husband in ‘inaction’ and I realise this could be a protracted affair.  It was last time. Under the best that the water […] Read more »