Sacred Food

By December 12, 2011 Blog

Much as it pains me to admit it, perhaps Gillian McKeith’s got one thing right: we are what we eat – or even, what we don’t eat. I was reminded of this by a brilliant article in the Sunday Observer, ‘Let’s End Our Obsession With Making Food Sexy‘, by Steven Poole.  The piece was inspired in part by the furore surrounding Nigella Lawson’s cover shoot on ‘Stylist’ (pictured), where she’s covered in toffee sauce. Poole writes; ‘The fact that food-talk …Read More

Tell Me Again

By December 11, 2011 Blog, Christmas

‘For to us a child is born and to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders’. (Isaiah 9:6). What does Christmas mean to you? I’m a Christian.  Been one now, for many years.  I know the right answer to this question.  But, confronted by the melee of Christmas, I’m finding myself caught up and carried along – in the wrong direction. There’s so much to do.  Groceries and presents to buy – but also …Read More

On The Edge

By December 9, 2011 Blog

If I ever meet Cliff Richard, I can’t be held responsible for my actions.  I’m sure he’s a lovely, lovely man.  But one more ‘Children singing Christian rhyme’.  Just one – and I MAY CRACK. Humbugeddybaabaa. I gave Christmas shopping a go – honestly.   I’ve been in M+S for almost twenty minutes (15 of which were spent queuing for the free whisky sample). But it’s over now.  Breathe Emma, breathe. Glen’s getting  a chocolate orange and a new sponge. …Read More

Festive Fire-Fighting

By December 8, 2011 Blog

It’s a tough time of year for those struggling with addictions or eating disorders.  Here’s a few tips; As much as possible, surround yourself with people who will encourage your recovery: people who will listen to you, challenge you and keep you accountable.  People who will ask you how you’re feeling and not settle for ‘fine’, when you’re not. Stick up Bible verses and reminders of God’s love and strength and presence.  Not ones about working harder – grace-filled truths …Read More

Running In Circles

By December 7, 2011 Blog

Recently I was listening to a sermon on Hebrews 12.  The passage says this: ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us’. (v1-3) Now, I’m not the brightest match in the box. I’d always assumed the verses  meant this: ‘life’s funny isn’t it?  Bit like a stadium, where I’m the …Read More

Why We Spend

By December 5, 2011 Blog

From a fascinating article in the Sunday Telegraph, by Julia Llewellyn Smith, (‘The New Buy Laws’, 4 Dec):  Here are some of the ways that retailers encourage us to spend.. raising prices and then dropping them, so we think we’re getting a bargain and also purchase something we wouldn’t normally buy ‘value’ ranges that cost more than their competitors or standard fare pumping out music that enhances our mood (nostalgic songs make us feel more youthful and more inclined to spend; …Read More

Some Truths

By December 2, 2011 Blog

It’s okay to be you. No – not, the pretend you.  The messy, squashy, notgotittogether you. That’s okay. You’re stronger than you think. You can’t turn back the clock. But you won’t feel like this forever, either. There’s no six point plan for fixing ‘it’. There never is. You don’t need to know what the future holds. Daily bread is plenty. You’re not on your own.  You’re not crazy or weird or beyond help. You might not know anyone who …Read More

Love Rats

By December 1, 2011 Blog

I read a comment recently from actress Rachel Weizs on the subject of love.  She said this: ‘You can’t help who you fall in love with.  It just happens’. I’m afraid I disagree. ‘Love’ is not a silent assassin that sneaks up beneath you, brandishes a pistol and marches you off at gunpoint. It’s not a force that sweeps you off your feet, regardless of existing commitments. Love is more like a series of little decisions, most of which start …Read More