Lessons from the Porches of Antiquity

I’ve been enjoying myself this week reading up on ancient philosophies, specifically the Stoics. I know. Don’t ask. Philosophy (root words: philo meaning love and sophia meaning wisdom) is described by Wikipedia as the “study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, existence, knowledge, values, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved.” Or, as … Continue reading Lessons from the Porches of Antiquity

I May Come Out of the Cave, but I’m NOT Leaving it For Good.

March 29th 2021 and England has taken another step towards freedom. A little less locked down. In England, from today, the rules are now that six people can meet outside, two households can get together inside, outdoor sports are allowed again and weddings can begin again, although they’re limited to only six attending. Time to crawl out of the cave and start blinking at sunlight … Continue reading I May Come Out of the Cave, but I’m NOT Leaving it For Good.

Freely, Freely You Have Received…..

Today’s title is freely nicked from a hymn I remember singing in my school days. The chorus (which is the bit that has stuck with me forever, or at least 45 years whichever is longest) goes like this: Freely, freely You have received, Freely, freely give…. The hymn is actually about receiving God’s grace and forgiveness of sin. Whether you believe in God or not, … Continue reading Freely, Freely You Have Received…..

Rain or Shine, Enjoy the Company of your Friends (Mostly Outside).

It’s February 23rd and, in England at least, we have a Road Map out of Lockdown. Yes, indeedy. By June 21st, all being well, we should be free of all restrictions and ready to roll. I hope the whole world can be free soon, and that coronavirus can take its place among the ‘things we worry about that probably won’t happen but it’s good to … Continue reading Rain or Shine, Enjoy the Company of your Friends (Mostly Outside).

This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020

Lockdown II started at midnight and, so far, has had absolutely no impact on my life except that I didn’t open all the shutters in the office. I still have my view, I’m still sat answering the phone, taking the messages and typing wildly to get through a pile of dictation left by my husband overnight in some wicked reversal of The Elves and The … Continue reading This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020

Grounded, Small Things that Keep Me Sane. And Celebrating a Contagious Christmas.

Lockdown II starts tonight at midnight in England. I hadn’t realised, or I might have made sure I did something more spectacular today than pootle quietly around the local shopping park, collecting small bits and pieces that I wanted for Christmas and would find too expensive or ridiculous to order from the shops online (seriously, who would order three packets of gold coins from one … Continue reading Grounded, Small Things that Keep Me Sane. And Celebrating a Contagious Christmas.

Magazine Monday: Woman and Home December 2020

It’s That Time of Year, when magazines enter my house thick and fast. They’re such a reasonable way to treat yourself, usually only £5 to buy and with a pot of tea or a milky coffee and a quiet corner can add up to a few minutes of self-care, inspiration and reflection (as in reading an article and thinking “I wouldn’t do that, if I … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Woman and Home December 2020