New Chapter – guest post by Gene Buchanan

I'm very pleased to introduce a guest post! Thank you, Gene, for this lovely piece. 'New chapter', 'new beginning', 'a fresh start' - there are many connotations and ways of saying that we are moving on and starting a new life.It may be viewed as being necessary, healthy, invigorating, cathartic or even frightening when someone… Continue reading New Chapter – guest post by Gene Buchanan

Why?

It's funny how, sometimes, everything seems to support a certain thing. Despite being really busy lately, so much that I've read or come across has led me to contemplate a particular question (and one I first verbalised at nine months old): 'Why?' 'Why' is a question that constantly bounces amongst my brain cells. I have an insatiable… Continue reading Why?

New chapters

I think it might have translated in my last few posts that I was coming to an end of a chapter. Two days ago, on Tuesday, I turned the last page. It seems a fitting time to be starting a new chapter. Relatively new month, new season, new academic year. It's refreshing and inspiring. The… Continue reading New chapters

Some thoughts about forgiveness

I'm currently reading a wonderful book called Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn. Today I read her thoughts on forgiveness... I'm going to digress here slightly to share that I've been encouraged to write lighter blog posts. Less deep, less complex, less intense. Essentially, less me. But I honestly believe that the… Continue reading Some thoughts about forgiveness

Seeing in the dark

Does everything really happen for a reason? Will it ever all make sense? I wonder... Autumn is already on its sly way into 2018. Twilight creeps in earlier every day and the leaves are already starting to die on their branches as the trees prepare for rest and renewal. I adore autumn: like a crab… Continue reading Seeing in the dark

‘Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.’

I love the line, 'Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning', in Peter Pan. But maybe the question isn't 'Where's my North Star?' but, 'Will I follow it?'. I've been reading The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters. It's an amazing book and I genuinely believe it will be incredibly helpful - if not… Continue reading ‘Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.’

Why I write

Words are magical. Here's why I write mine down. This morning someone asked me why I write. I hesitated, considering my answer. "To express the things I don't know how to communicate in any other way." I responded. "Yeah," came the reply, "But why do you have to publish them? Why don't you keep it… Continue reading Why I write

Dwelling in Darkness

The response to last week's blog post has encouraged me to write a post I've always wanted to write. It's about a true love of mine - darkness. Last week someone noted how things can't always be rainbows and butterflies. Not only is this true, but it's wonderful. Life is confusing, arduous, painful... but this… Continue reading Dwelling in Darkness

Silence

I've written about words. Now, I'm thinking about something I love just as much: its polar opposite - silence. If you know me, you know I love words. I love the way they can be channelled into a stream of meaning and expression. But words, whether constructed into eloquent sentences or jumbled into awkward utterances… Continue reading Silence