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 →

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 →

What Colour(s) are You

It’s a while since I wrote something. Sometimes with so much going on, it’s hard to know just what to say. A dear friend has in his training armoury a decent understanding of colour personality profiling; red, blue, green, yellow. Your 'colour’, can help you understand who you are and how you relate to others.... Continue Reading →

Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak’s  been in the news lately, for all the wrong reasons. I decided it was time I made some if only to see what the fuss was all about. My usual approach to cooking is just the one pan if at all possible, (being of a lazy disposition). This was quite different; I... Continue Reading →

Stonewall Jackson

One of my heroes of faith is Stonewall Jackson, a Civil War general. In 1861, during the first battle of Bull Run, the Unionists  were gaining ground overcoming poorly organised Confederate forces. Jackson, relatively unknown at the time, gathered his brigade of Virginians and took a stand on the crest of a small hill. The cry... Continue Reading →

Slow me Down Lord

Millie, our little Pom-chi has done a thoroughly good job of training us. She tells us clearly what time we have to get up in the morning; 7.30. She tells me when it’s time to take to the streets towards the end of the evening. Just twenty minutes left of Vera, but no, it’s time... Continue Reading →

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