Time passes by

Another new year.  Time has passed.

An ex student posted this photo on Facebook of us all;  I had organised this 5th Form Project pony trekking for a week in Wales when I still lived in Kent.  I remember how my knees hurt and the exhilaration of galloping together up hills with the wind in … Read more


9 years – looking forward and back

9 years ending

What a year 2016 has been..all those deaths; Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Richard Adams, and 2 old friends…and on and on.

Then Brexit, Trump, Syria, the lorry in Marseilles, the lorry in Berlin.

So many endings.

 

One of the main things that P and I argue about is that I am … Read more


What is loss?

P asked me what the loss of a parent is like.

It is cutting trees by the river with your mum’s pruning saw and dropping it in the water, shouting ‘No! No! No!’ as you grab for it and can’t reach it and watch it sink into darkness away from you.

It is a sick … Read more


Death at our shoulder

Death seems to be having a feeding frenzy this year.  David Bowie, Caroline Aherne, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Victoria Lane, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels and Terry Wogan to name some.  These are the people and names I grew up with.  My mum loved Terry Wogan and he was the breakfast time voice, after Jimmy … Read more


Life Well Lived

What is a life well lived?

I went to a funeral this week.

It was a humanist funeral which celebrated all that Alan had been and all that he had done and all the ways in which he had touched people’s lives.  And as I sat there, I reflected on how well he had lived … Read more


Resignation Letter

I have resigned.  I wrote a resignation letter before Christmas.

It was accepted straight away.

It feels very scary and amazingly exciting.

I resigned so I can focus more on writing.

I wrote the letter to myself.

I have not resigned from teaching as I love working with A level students, they are fun, we … Read more


My email address

julieleoni.com@gmail.com