No new year resolutions, but three inspiring initiatives to share… First of all I’d like to wish all the readers of the blog a Happy New Year and to thank you all for your loyalty, interest, likes and comments. This year I haven’t made any traditional resolutions as such – no promises to myself to… Continue reading Resolved and Resolute
Ageing is a privilege and having just had my sixtieth birthday has reinforced that fact for me In Now We Are Six, the collection of poems for children by A. A. Milne the little boy, Christopher Robin, says: ‘But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever. So I think I’ll be six now… Continue reading Now I am Sixty
A birthday tribute to my very dear friend. It’s been fourteen years since she died, but I still miss her… Elspeth would have been sixty-years-old on the fourteenth of June this year. I thought about her all day on that Tuesday just over three weeks ago. I shed a tear and I raised a glass… Continue reading Absent Friend
Every week the folks at WordPress set a weekly challenge. I’ve not taken up the challenge before, but this one inspired me. It is to write about a time I learned something new. In January 2015, aged 58 and a half, I learned to swim. Now teaching and learning is something close to my heart.… Continue reading Learning: Taking The Plunge
‘Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded’ Gautama Buddha Thoughts are just that: thoughts. They’re not facts or artefacts. They’re not necessarily true or correct. But, boy, are they powerful! I believe storytelling and listening to stories is part of what makes us human and it’s something people have always done.… Continue reading The Stories We Tell Ourselves
I recently read a great wee book called Alive, Alive Oh And Other Things That Matter. It was written by Diana Athill, a literary author and memoirist and it was an inspiring and reassuring read. Athill will be 100 next year and wrote this book, reflecting on her life and the joys of being alive,… Continue reading Alive, Alive Oh!
Marking Time Writers as travellers in time. How do you like your history? Do you prefer it linear or layered? As writers we get to move freely through time. We can set our fiction in the past, present or future and our characters can even move from one time period to another as we allow… Continue reading Writers as Travellers in Time
Glad we could help… I’m just hoping the elderly gentleman who we gave shelter to in the shop this morning is okay. He appeared in the shop doorway around ten o’clock and was obviously distressed. He was waiting to be picked up by patient transport to go to hospital in Glasgow for surgery. The original… Continue reading Sanctuary at the Open Book
Go to it and then park up in the comfort zone layby… So, yes, I know I’ve been banging on about getting out of the comfort zone a fair bit lately. But I haven’t abandoned it completely. We all need some comforts, some down time and relaxation. And, here in the northern hemisphere, probably… Continue reading Kicking Winter’s Ass
Report from outside the comfort zone In my first post of 2015 I did a bit of a preachy thing about taking the road less travelled and staying out of the comfort zone. So now I think I should give you an update on how good, or not, I am at taking my own advice.… Continue reading Go Grandma!