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One by one…

December… What can we say? In other years I have wittered about suspending disbelief, magical jingles, tingles of spicy tonics, simple riches, and hope… Somehow this December feels different. More real. This year saw us sell up and move house. We’ve reviewed habits, routines and rituals, we pulled the metaphorical cloth from the table to […]

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That was November

…and that was also Movember. Now to let it go. The first day of Advent. What can one say about the activity of fashioning a moustache? Cease striving? A few staff at work did the same, to help draw attention to the Movember charity and it’s concerns over male health awareness. It drew a few comments […]

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To be more porous…

Back in 2013, we were all in a different place, and we’ve all grown a tad since then. This November (2018) I’m practising ‘Movember’: Movember is a charity tackling suicide prevention, mental health, and cancer. Growing a ‘tash? It will be a meager offering I assure you, but perhaps the ‘practise’ is what counts. Silly […]

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Sunday Mornings

I love Sunday Mornings. Space, to stop, pause and listen to relative silence (don’t mention the tinnitus). I love thinking, and I’m often a victim of the paralysis of analysis. However, I love sensing the glimpse and sparkle of the gap between the building blocks. I love the moment when the information and advice and […]

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Joy and meaning.

Joy and meaning…   I was recently sharing in one of Brian Draper’s helpful email series’.  This one mentioned Dr. Alastair McAlpine’s profound observations gained from working with seriously ill children: “What terminally ill children taught this doctor about how to live”. “…the so-called small things were the ones that turned out to have enormous significance at […]

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Hoodwinked?

Hoodwinked? We watched The Greatest Showman recently, a last treat of the festive season. Fabulous! “People come to my show for the pleasure of being hoodwinked” says Hugh Jackman as showman Phineas Taylor Barnum in the film. We went to see Scrooge at Leicester Curve at Christmas. Again, fabulous. I recall tweeting afterward, ‘if one could […]

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Joy

Christmas can be magical. The delightful jingle of memories and tingle of warmth that comes with the spicy tonics and simple riches. ‘Joy to the world’ they sing, ‘have yourself a merry little Christmas’ they sing, ‘Silent night, all is bright’ they sing. The hope and energy of a newborn child’s breath… possibilities… However two thousand years […]

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In Praise of Goodness

We can all laud, lament, wallow and sizzle in the nastiness, the rats, the rot, the deceitful selfish unfairness that humanity creates and fuels*. The glorious joys that warm our world are all too often contemptuously ignored in our familiar routine race to our daily desires. Joy to the world, the breath we breathe, an […]

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Con-text

Characters at play… I was going to write a load of waffle about browsing the campus library years ago as a student, looking for a play to explore and direct. I did write a few paragraphs about how our days are surrounded by the theatrics of our lives. How life’s stages are filled with sets, […]

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Running on empty…

Running on empty… ‘tis the season… where many celebrate, where many take to the stage, where many laud in traditions and habits, and indeed many create new memories… the first time’s never forgotten… as footprints form in deep, crisp and even snow, familiar tunes from childhood are hard to escape or forget… perhaps the only […]