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Equality For All

Thinking about the death of George Floyd, and the resulting protests against ethnic injustice, I’m reminded of a story from my childhood, which I’ve told in my latest book, Picked For A Purpose.  It’s Christmas, a year after the end of WW2, and we are living in Dover next door...

Posted at 19:11pm on 4th June 2020

Come Holy Spirit

The aim of my book, Picked For A Purpose is to show each one of us the purpose that God has for us, which is to bear fruit for him.  That fruit is to show love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  But he doesn’t expect us...

Posted at 11:38am on 31st May 2020

How To Plan A Funeral In The Coronavirus Era

Before the days of lockdown - due to the coronavirus - planning a funeral following the death of a loved one might have been perceived as a positive and constructive experience.  Although not intentionally so, making funeral arrangements, whether for burial or cremation, could be seen as a welcome distraction...

Posted at 17:54pm on 18th May 2020

Bereavement: How To Deal With Denial, Grief & Anger Following The Death Of A Loved One

In these times of Coronavirus, many of us are suffering the death of a loved one. I wrote last time about Looking After Yourself following bereavement, and pointed out - from my own experience - the trauma of having to break the news of that loss to another family member. ...

Posted at 15:14pm on 17th May 2020

Bereavement: Looking After Yourself

Last time we looked at Bereavement: Coping With The Initial Shock, using my own experience following my daughter’s death, and quoting from the book I wrote some years later.  What I learned was that numbness and denial, disbelief and a wandering mind, are common experiences when we first learn of...

Posted at 15:27pm on 12th May 2020

Bereavement: Coping With The Initial Shock

“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live.  Which of these two is better only God knows.”  Socrates

On this VE day, when we commemorate the courage of those who gave their lives in WW2 so that we might...

Posted at 12:51pm on 7th May 2020

Are You Having To Deal With The Death Of A Loved One?


I was reminded by my Facebook memories this week that it is now ten years ago since I was invited to speak on an American Radio Station about the death of my daughter.  I wept.  Because no matter how long ago the event, this is something I shall...

Posted at 12:55pm on 5th May 2020

Excerpt From My Latest Book, Picked For A Purpose - Showing We All Have A Worthwhile Part To Play

Are you wondering what your life is all about during the lockdown due to Covid 19?  Then read on.  My latest book, Picked for a Purpose shows that whatever the adversity, we all have value, and a worthwhile part to play.  Here is a complete chapter for you to read. ...
Posted at 11:40am on 6th April 2020

Love You Nhs

Oh, how I love our NHS!  I went, today, to have the stitches removed, following surgery on my shoulder and arm.  Our doctors’ surgery, plus another, is currently closed because of coronavirus infection.  As a result, all patients have had to be taken on by another health centre in...

Posted at 22:41pm on 12th March 2020

Persistence Pays

Have you ever had a book proposal turned down?  You’ve slogged away, and you felt sure you’d done a good job – then this.  I’m sure most of us will have been through many situations like this.  It’s pretty devastating isn’t it?  But it shouldn’t be a reason for giving...

Posted at 10:49am on 25th January 2020
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