A Sentient Cluster of Cells

It’s amazing how human beings take it for granted they are alive when the chances of you and me being born are so slim. How did I come to be born? Was I predetermined or am I the result of random DNA sequences started long, long ago? One iota of difference in the formation of the universe […]

Family and Friends

Okay …. I’ve not only met my sister-in-law and niece after a gap of about 20 years but I’ve also discovered I have a great-nephew too. He’s 9! I’m a great-uncle. I’ve never been a ‘great’ anything! And my brother wants to get in touch after all this time. My first feeling is one of […]


A friend emailed this to me yesterday. I laughed so much when I read it I nearly stopped breathing …… The “Wellie Boots”  (Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!)  Did you hear about the Pre-School teacher who was helping one of the children put on his “Wellie boot’s”? He asked for […]

Keeping People Alive

I held something of my mother’s the other day, for the first time in over 20 years. Having had nothing of hers in all that time it was quite a profound moment. I remember a conversation we had one day, years before she died, about what happened to us when we died. One or the […]

Wedding Day

I remember coming back from one of the regular summer barbeques by the river late one evening. It was getting dark and 15 or 20 figures were silhouetted on the sea wall against the darkening sky, like marionettes in a shadow theatre. Figures carrying boxes and bags and pushing bicycles and pushchairs, all laden down […]