I’m so lucky; my life is filled with everyday heroes.
I work with people who every day make a positive difference to other people’s lives, and some days, save lives, just by noticing and caring.
I know people who are heroic in just living with the situations they have going on, when every day is … Read more
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