Persistent childhood nightmares

Some thirty odd years ago I wrote a story in response to children’s persistent nightmares. I could not accept that there was nothing we adults could do to help, it’s a kind of psychological warfare and I came up with a story that, with the help of parents, would magically appear, in a ribbon tiedContinue reading “Persistent childhood nightmares”

The Holy Spirit (Her, Him, Wild Goose, as it suits you)

Those of you who are intimate with the Holy Spirit might scratch your heads when I say I cannot remember my first encounter with His awesome presence, it was too long ago, too much has happened since and my brain is too aged and addled to retain such information and nor does it remotely matter.Continue reading “The Holy Spirit (Her, Him, Wild Goose, as it suits you)”

Sitting with God

I wrote the title of this thing almost a week ago, since when my mind has been in chaos and yesterday I reached apogee, the peak of dismay and awfulness. I even had a desire to post on Facebook, “Everything is bullshit!” Fortunately I know better than to post something that I need to sitContinue reading “Sitting with God”

What on Earth…

Shifting out of my body as I died in July 2020 and dispassionately observing the process and then coming back was a game changer. Nothing in my life can ever be the same again, not least in discovering that the depression I had lived with all my life has gone, healed over like an oldContinue reading “What on Earth…”

Encouragement, perhaps the greatest motivator

The world we live in is full to bursting with denigrators. I grew up with denigrators, I’ve battled them all my life, personally and professionally as a community and youth worker. Life is hard enough and a thoughtful encouraging word is priceless. If we want people to grow and explore and find whatever rings theirContinue reading “Encouragement, perhaps the greatest motivator”

What you like

I was raised under the dictum – ‘You can’t just do what you like’. Such was the domination of kids by adults that in my infancy I didn’t pay any attention to the little voice inside that said, “Why not?”. That was the kind of question that meant trouble if I dared give it anContinue reading “What you like”

You can’t beat nature

There’s an old joke about a scientist going to God and saying, “We’ve cracked it, we know how to make life, we don’t need you any more.” “That sounds pretty clever,” replied God, “show me.” The scientist bent down and gathered together a little pile of dirt. “Hold on a second,” said God, “use yourContinue reading “You can’t beat nature”

It’s a kind of magic…

In my little adventure with my ‘You are here’ dioramas, I knew it would be a voyage of discovery, but I had no idea what I might discover… My decision to not accept payment, barter, donations to charity or help with postage was carefully considered because I really wanted to see what would fall outContinue reading “It’s a kind of magic…”

I am giving my work away, however…

My work is not free, it comes at a cost, of understanding, of kindness, of exploring a different way of being and doing, experimenting, daring to do things a little differently, challenging the world of money and everything being measured in cold hard cash. There is so much more to life than that. Life itselfContinue reading “I am giving my work away, however…”

To err is human. Thankfully.

Three years ago, after a hospital appointment, in paying for parking I mistakenly entered two incorrect digits of my car registration number. A couple of months later I received a fixed penalty demand for not paying my parking fee. In checking my parking receipts, I wrote back, with photographic evidence, to say that I hadContinue reading “To err is human. Thankfully.”