The Touch of the Master’s Hand

‘Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer      Thought it scarcely worth his whileTo waste much time on the old violin,      But held it up with a smile.“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,    “Who’ll start the bidding for me?”“A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two?      TwoContinue reading “The Touch of the Master’s Hand”

My First White Friend

Patricia Raybon is the same age as me. Her African American childhood of prejudice and segregation, white wealth and privilege was very different from mine. In ‘My First White Friend’ she describes her rage, bitterness, powerlessness and fear of failure; her desire to be acceptable to white people in a white dominated world. She learnedContinue reading “My First White Friend”

Purpose, People and Power

I’m musing on three words – old companions. Purpose We need purpose. I think of friends who have lost sight of purpose and motivation – through redundancy, retirement, family breakdown or the stress of lockdown. Others have discovered fresh purpose through home schooling; new interests discovered and developed; a successful diet or exercise regime; freshContinue reading “Purpose, People and Power”

Racism: ‘Thousands of little incidents’

Hannah and Ben Some of us know Hannah and Ben. They describe their experiences of racism in Lowestoft. Ben describes random, isolated incidents: ‘Sometimes I can be in the town centre and things are shouted at me. I made eye contact with someone once and he started shouting abuse. There are just thousands of littleContinue reading “Racism: ‘Thousands of little incidents’”

Good News

Bad News Bad news makes the headlines. Stabbings, shootings, prejudice, racism, rape, injustice, violent conflict, political confrontation… Coronavirus-world with its sickness, death, unemployment, loneliness, despair, fear, isolation, domestic abuse… And marital infidelity, family arguments, out-of-control children, dishonesty and greed of national celebrities or local gossip. It is easy to be negative… Good news Recently weContinue reading “Good News”

Life-changing Decisions – Mary Robert, Amos, Martin.

Sister Mary Robert was quiet and timid. Avoiding conflict or drawing attention to herself, she has hid behind her spiritual vocation and her Mother Superior. Influenced by the loud, outgoing club singer Deloris Van Cartier, she is inspired to become a stronger person and pursue her dreams. In the musical ‘Sister Act’ she sings: IContinue reading “Life-changing Decisions – Mary Robert, Amos, Martin.”

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us (James Edmeston 1791-1867)

Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us,O’er the world’s tempestuous sea;Guard us, guide us, keep us feed us,For we have no help but thee;Yet possessing every blessingIf our God our father be. James Edmeston was born in Wapping that would become part of East London docklands. Edmeston, a trained surveyor and architect, would have known aboutContinue reading “Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us (James Edmeston 1791-1867)”