All the rightings

Wedding Ring

Today I’m wearing my mother’s wedding ring. When I first saw it again at my niece’s it drew me in and seemed to signify more than just my mother. This was the ring that my father put on her finger … Continue reading → ...

The Silent Sun

I read an article recently entitled; “Scientists baffled by silent sun”. It’s about sun spots, but I got to thinking “The Silent Sun” would make a great book title. ...

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 … Continue reading → ...

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 … Continue reading → ...

Wellies

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 … Continue reading → ...

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, … Continue reading → ...

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 … Continue reading → ...

Afghanistan’s Child Drug Addicts

I watched the report by Ramita Navai on drug addiction amongst the population of Afghanistan last night (Channel 4’s Unreported World). Difficult to watch at times, it was a brilliant piece of reporting about a desperately tragic subject. Children as … Continue reading → ...

Family: Gaps and Connections

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr Suess I found this quote by Dr. Seuss ages ago. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with … Continue reading → ...
Coast – A Settler Welcomed

Coast – A Settler Welcomed

The closing lines of Coast (BBC2) this week were: “Our coast welcomes settlers and repels invaders.” There’s something special about living by the coast. The big wide skies, the reflection of light on water, the smell, the sounds of the … Continue reading → ...