How often at this time of the year have we said, “I’ll be glad to see the back of that year!”? Often closely followed by: “New Year New Me”. It’s tempting, at the first strike of the bells on new year’s eve, to clink our glasses or watch those fireworks and think, “Next year … More A New Year – honouring loss, celebrating emergence
Unexpected Arrival of ‘Grief Missile’ Now, I’m not claiming a monopoly on grief at Christmas. Childlessness, pregnancy and child loss are just some of the myriad sources of grief that prove to be more pronounced at the festive season. Nor do I expect special treatment or to have childfree media or spaces. In fact, I … More Incoming!
Alternative Advent Calendar – December 24, 2017 When you wish upon…the International Space Station Hmm – not quite the same ring as the version sung by Louis Armstrong! But I guess the International Space Station (ISS) could now be considered a ‘heavenly body’. At this time of year, thoughts often turn to the heavenly body … More Star of Wonder
The “Unthought Known” Last week my gorgeous mother-in-law, now aged 97 and one of the most insightful women I know, said to me, ‘Sometimes you don’t know you have a thought until you speak it.’ Such a short sentence. Such simple words. But never a truer, more wise sentence was spoken. Her words ran through … More Midwinter Take 2
There has always been a great mystique about the summer solstice. Around 23rd of June crowds of people gather at places like Stonehenge to witness the sunrise that marks the mid-point of the year and the gradual move towards shorter days. For sure the summer solstice sunrise is a wonderful sight, but now many historians … More In The Deep Mid-Winter
12th December 2017 – Happy Hanukkah! Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah – the Jewish celebration of light. Part of the Hanukkah tradition is to light small candles, one by one, for the eight days of Hanukkah and place them in a menorah (candelabra). Two things I find really touching, and meaningful about this … More A Time for Light
There’s always time for a bit of nonsense 11th December – Christmas Stocking Nonsense Monday morning seems a perfect time for a bit of nonsense. You might remember nonsense poems from you childhood: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll; The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear; On The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan … More Nonsense!
December 8th – Down Tools! It’s easy to pile it all on – the shoulds, the lists, our work, our relentless moving on. It’s easy to forget we are human, that we are vulnerable and it’s easy to convince ourselves to push on, push through, put our heads down and get on with it. … More The Grace in Letting Go
C’mon – let’s start writing ‘Lists of Kindness’! So, lists aren’t exactly an ‘official’ festive tradition but where would we be without them at this time of year? When the going gets stressful, the stressed get listing! And as I see other folk putting up Christmas trees and filling their shopping trolleys with yet another … More 3rd December – List-mas
One word: REINDEER! What’s not to like? I guess unless you’re a Sami reindeer herder then you don’t think about them much throughout the rest of the year then, BAM! December arrives and they line up amongst the other symbols of the Christmas Holidays as reminders of what we might be missing out on. … More 2nd December – Real Animals and Mythical Creatures!