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!
Anyone who knows me (and I can see friends and family members rolling their eyes in recognition!) will know that I am just a bit ‘bah humbug’ about the festive season/Christmas. The idea of it is wonderful, cozy, glittery and delicious. Somehow I find the reality all a bit overwhelming. I am not religious so … More Big Stuff, Small Mindings: finding your own way through the festive season.
Good morning lovely blog readers. It’s the first day of frost here on the South Coast of the UK. Here are some lines from one of my fave poets, Billy Collins – from his poem ‘Winter’. See the rest of the poem here. A little heat in the iron radiator, the dog breathing at the foot … More #Thank You