A stormy week it has been at work, with some deeply painful, challenging and difficult moments. It felt appropriate, therefore, to have the working week come to a close in the midst of a spectacular display of torrential rain and pinging hail – hailstones large enough to send me rushing bare-armed into the storm to … More Clearing the air
The killings in Paris last night have left my mind whirling and heart heavy this morning, along with many others around the world. I have found that many comments on social media this morning have felt contrary to my own feelings. I do not see this as “good vs. evil”; I don’t despair of humanity. This … More Tears for Paris
Gentle sun-caress on Autumn-cooled skin, Heart opening to embrace the dawn: I am renewed.
This song makes me want to get up and dance around my office, and my heart is feeling happy today! I have a lovely friend coming over for dinner, my pain levels are greatly reduced today, my energy levels are higher, and hope is returning. Maybe I’ll even start writing again soon, although I have … More Love Generation
The excitement and anticipation of climbing onto an aeroplane for a weekend of new experiences with an old friend has its own unique thrill. Here, in the space between leaving and arriving, I find a moment of calm in which to begin to piece together the past few weeks. The anniversary of my mother’s death … More A Year Has Passed…
I was sitting alone in a café in Amsterdam when I first really noticed the lyrics to Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall’. The lines that initially struck me were ‘So I’ll continue to continue to pretend My life will never end’ I know that a year before these words would not have … More Musical Introspection
My gift to my mother on her 50th birthday was a fountain pen, and shortly after her death her partner Dirk returned it to me, saying that it seemed appropriate for me to have it. I was deeply grateful for this thoughtful gesture, as I had not yet thought of the pen myself, and it … More The Dance of Life and Death