Light in Dark Places

By December 12, 2013 Blog

Good news for the whole world:       Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail

STILL Single eh?

By December 11, 2013 Blog

I’m gonna write a few posts on Surviving Christmas. But here’s one from the Guardian to start us off…     Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail

Body Art

By December 10, 2013 Blog

Many of us don’t know who we are.   And we’ll go to great lengths to create a self we can recognise. Anorexia is a case in point.  You might be confused about your identity and where you fit – but here’s the thing – you can always be thin. A lie, of course: you can starve yourself into the grave and it won’t be enough.  But it gives you a sense of purpose. And a negative self-image can seem …Read More

Happy Birth Day

By December 9, 2013 Blog

Something about Christmas makes the holes in your life feel – well, hole-ier. The business of busyness. The clamour of tills and expectations. The feeling that you’re just one mince pie/box set/stocking filler from enjoying the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The family nativities and the new babies. Will sprouts and turkey fill the hole of childlessness? No they will not. …   This Sunday at church we were looking at Luke chapter 1.  I read the heading: A …Read More

The Gift We Don’t Want

By December 5, 2013 Blog

A friend of mine works with those struggling with depression. She knows a lot about it and does a brilliant job. But until recently, she had no experience of it herself.   That changed when she felt in herself the things that her patients described.  She’s now feeling much better, but the experience  hit her, she says, like a truck. ‘I do the same things as I always did – but somehow it’s completely different.  The way I see myself …Read More

Balancing Act

By December 4, 2013 Blog

I love a morning shower. But it takes a while to get the temperature just right. I learned this the hard way in my parent’s house.  Turn the dial one way and there’s a trickle of ice-cold water.  Turn it the other and you’re drenched in liquid fire.  1 mm of difference between FREEZING and BURNING. You can get frozen by having too little – or burned, by having too much. This is also true of life. I’ve got two big …Read More

Perfectly Imperfect

By December 3, 2013 Blog

Glen walks in on me weeping over a sandwich. ‘Are you okay?’ he asks. We watch as a  fat tear drops into the cream cheese. ‘No’. ‘What’s up?’ ‘I’m making sandwiches.  For tomorrow’s lunch.  They’re a disaster.’ He inspects a corner. ‘Seem fine to me,  Same as usual, right?’ Right. They are the same as usual.  But we’ve got Guests Staying. And the Guests will be eating these sandwiches. I open my mouth and close it again. I want to …Read More

It’s Not My Fault

By December 2, 2013 Blog

Ever think you’ve got one problem, when you’ve really got another? You have an argument with your sister. She’s decorating the Christmas tree and doing it ALL WRONG.  Nobody starts at the bottom and works to the top.  The Christmas system is lights first, then tinsel, then baubles, then angel. Everyone knows this. You point this out.  Not as tactfully as you could have, but that’s ’cause She Ruined The Tree. You tell her so. She thumps you. You hit …Read More