The Journey Begins

Please enter your email below and I'll let you know when new items arrive. This year has been full of unexpected events, and it started for me with a pretty big one! After 25yrs of running my charity finance and advice business I have taken a back seat. That was March, what a different world... Continue Reading →

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Who Pays for Dinner?

Last week, right out of the blue, someone told me I was a cheapskate, with a ‘very different set of values to theirs’.  Cheapskate: a miserly or stingy person, especially one who tries to avoid paying a fair share of costs or expenses. Etymology: skate - an old horse not worth much, (at least one up... Continue Reading →

In Praise of Foodbanks

I’m coming to the end (hopefully) to what has been toughest assignment of all my years as a charity consultant. For a bit of light relief I’ve offered myself to a local foodbank. It’ll be a walk in the park after my recent experiences.  I notice that food banks are gearing themselves up to what’s... Continue Reading →

What’s a Webinar Anyway?

As I stood at the till to pay, the barber who’d come all the way from Estonia to cut my hair asked me if I was a patient. ‘Sorry’ I replied. ‘Are you a patient?’ Aware I’d put my hearing aids into a pocket and everything was a bit muffled, I looked at him helplessly.... Continue Reading →

Turn off the TV

There’s been a sea change in my life. It started in the lockdown; you remember that time of madness when the politicians gave into public demand and we all had to stay home, destroying the economy and thousands of small businesses in the process. The politicians never believed in it, hence Barnard Castle, and ‘partygate’... Continue Reading →

Dogs Break Hearts

It must be ten years ago; I was rooting around in a junk shop in Broadstairs  when I came across a wooden framed prayer that resonated with me. It was about someone who started out well in their journey of faith, but stuff happened and it all fell away. I paid a couple of pounds... Continue Reading →

When Will I Ever Learn?

“As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation.” (Humphrey Littleton, quoted in The Times.) Right now we’re all trying hard to make sense of things. Danger threatens from different directions; serious hardship or... Continue Reading →

Gratitude

Having not written anything for a while, here’s a little piece of foolishness:  We were enjoying dinner in our hotel, a reasonable 3 star. I mostly listen these days, never a bad thing, particularly in my case. Partly this is related to my increasing hearing problems, which I sort of overcome with hearing aids.. Whilst... Continue Reading →

Let’s Welcome the Stranger

Getting home late from a week away, and needing bread and milk, Anita sent me off to Tesco while she unpacked. There’s a Polish supermarket 3 minutes walk away; one of half a dozen or more in the town, and I thought let’s give it a try.  It was a novel experience. I was completely... Continue Reading →

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