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Breaking the Silence

ShareTweet They buried her last week. A beautiful fifteen year old girl. Surrounded by people who loved her. The world at her feet. But for this young woman on the verge of adulthood life it seems was no longer worth living. Just fifteen. I look at her photos and it could be my daughter. It’s […]

Looking for answers

ShareTweet Same story. I hear it often. Different people, different places, different times. But always the same story. He lost his son. Tragically, and without warning. In the prime of his life. And not long after the diagnosis of cancer came. The prostate. Some would say it’s an organ linked to feelings of powerlessness. She […]

Resilience

ShareTweet It was a difficult week back in June. The sudden death of a beautiful 15 year old girl rocked our community. Even those of us who didn’t know her were affected as we watched our children try to cope. They buried her on the Monday. Tuesday, we received news of the diagnosis of a […]

All over (bar the shouting)

ShareTweet It happened about six months after treatment. My 41st birthday to be precise. After holding it altogether throughout the treatment, stoically and for so long, it all caught up with me. The fact that I’d survived. That I had made it through. And I was a mess. Emotionally that is. For a time. And […]

The Bigger Picture

ShareTweet Sometimes I wonder. Because there are things that happen that leave us in awe, aren’t there. The miracle of birth, the expanse of the stars at night. What does it all mean? Where do we end up? The world is full of incredible beauty and answers we cannot know. Some say we are spiritual […]

Changing my mind

ShareTweet Something got me to thinking about my past just recently. And specifically the plantar warts I suffered in my early teenage years. Horrible, painful, awful things that graced the soles of my left foot. Why not my right foot? Who’s to know. The treatment of the day was to anaesthetise the area and burn […]

Loving what is

ShareTweet My friend Peter calls it surrender. Petrea King talks about finding your peace. And for Byron Katie it’s all about loving what is. And none of its about being defeated. Far from it. They are all speaking of acceptance. Because when we’re in a place of acceptance, when we give up the fight, things […]

Battle Scars

ShareTweet I don’t watch the news. Too much negative stuff I don’t want to fill my head with. I figure, if it’s important, I’ll find out. And I always do. But I must confess I’m still in shock. The headline that flashed up as I logged on certainly got my attention. Angelina Jolie announcing she’s […]

Tripaw

ShareTweet Life can change in an instant. A bit of news, a diagnosis, an accident. It all happened when he got away from me three weeks ago. And if it had been five minutes earlier or later all would have been avoided. But he saw our neighbour’s car and being the border collie that he […]

Waking up

ShareTweet As I drove through town this morning, I wondered at the faces I saw. People going about their business, making their way to work. Standing there, blank faces, such vacant looks. Not a smile to be seen. And it begs the question, are they really alive at all? Or are they seemingly dead on the […]