Flu

It is strange having the flu when the news all round the world is about coronavirus. I have not been to Wuhan, nor come into contact with anyone with that virus. But the flu I had was bad enough. It made me think not just about the protective measures to prevent the spread of the […]

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Colours

I have been reminded this week about the attachments we make to colours. They do not remain neutral, but take on memories, emotions and prejudices. I wrote last week about a book I find helpful at times of stress, The Lord of the Rings. One of my favourite characters, apart from the Hobbits of course, […]

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An empty chair

Sometimes it seems we can’t all sit down together in unity around the table. Though the days between the saints days of Peter and Paul, 18th and 25th January, are set aside by the Churches  for prayer for unity, the sadness for me is that we are not united. Christians are divided by beliefs and practices, by historical […]

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Rings

There were times in my working life when I used to read Lord of the Rings each year to counteract my feelings of being low. When the stresses became too much and the frustrations built to a climax, I would turn to the story told by J. R. R. Tolkein of the Rings. He wrote […]

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You are what you choose

“You are what you choose.” These wise words were spoken to Harry Potter by the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore. In some ways they echo the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth in what is often referred to as The Sermon on the Mount.  Strange isn’t it, the influences on our […]

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The graves are full

It has been known for decades that existing burial grounds will soon be full. With the increased demand for ‘green burials’ even the new ‘natural burial’ sites are filling up rapidly. Cremation, which once became all the rage, is now seen as an environmental threat, adding to air pollution and global warming. The British Government […]

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No one is too small to make a difference

I have been inspired by reading Greta Thunberg’s little book of speeches.  She has a way of speaking simply, and directly challenging us, particularly adults. She is very self-aware and knows what she can do and does it. She is an inspiration to millions and a threat to many leaders of our world. For someone […]

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Privilege and Responsibility

I used to think that I was a fairly typical human being. I was born just after the Second World War, so I am part of the baby boomer generation. I am about average height for a man. I am neither very rich nor very poor. I don’t think I am extreme in any way. […]

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‘Twas the Night Before…

Not knowing what is going to happen can produce all sorts of feelings, such as worry, hope, desperation, confidence, resignation, determination, excitement and so on. The ‘night before’ can last a long time. Sleeplessness can lead to hours spent thinking about possible outcomes. Anticipation could build up to excited expectation or fear of failure. The […]

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Each day

Each day is a day to experience.  It may bring love and joy and peace. But it may also bring hate and grief and war. How we greet these things is down to us.  Our reactions may, however, be partly determined  by our genetic inheritance and  partly by our upbringing and subsequent experience. Today may be […]

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