When the children were young there was an often repeated joke that went ‘Look up, look down, your trousers/pants are falling down’. It was one of those family in-jokes that was funny to them, but meant nothing to anyone else. Musing on ‘Look up… look down’ Jokes…. Many variations… The monkeys on top of theContinue reading “Look Up Look Down”
Antidote to grumpiness… Our bird-feeders hang from the apple tree in our back garden. They’re frequently my source of therapy – for musing on my mistakes, problems and grumpiness. There are the bigger birds – jays, magpies, crows that are bullies, blackbirds that are always cheerful, woodpeckers that peck wood – and peanuts, The squirrelContinue reading “Goldfinches”
O father of the fatherlessIn whom all families are blessedI love the way you father me Musing on Graham Kendrick’s song… Today’s Father’s Day. King David described his God as ‘A father to the fatherless…’ Yesterday I was talking to Rebecca, who teaches 2-5 year-olds, about the effects of children growing up without the loveContinue reading “Father of the Fatherless”
‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; anyContinue reading “No Man Is An Island”
Last night we went to the Seagull Theatre and watched a unique presentation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by ‘The Handlebards’. Pedalling from venue to venue with all of their set, props and costumes on the back of their bikes, three young women acted with energy, creativity and chaotic hilarity… Tragedy in a different light Musing onContinue reading “Macbeth – The Handlebards”
The last few weeks in our garden… families of squirrels, blackbirds, great tits and goldfinches come each day. We’ve watched small become bigger, young become older, dependent become independent. After two weeks of dry sunny days this morning it’s raining hard. Birds and squirrels don’t care. They come, they share the garden, they feed together.Continue reading “Patch Adams & Dependency”
Two stories in the paper attracted my attention yesterday. The first concerns Alisha, a 15-year-old local girl who’s a promising young horse rider. ‘In December 2020 her horse lorry was trashed by a group of vandals… in Pakefield, meaning she could not travel to compete in national competitions.’ The article describes how the lorry wasContinue reading “Vandalism”
Many years ago I trained as a mathematician. I became a maths teacher, liking the patterns, structures, logic… And yet I often think in random ways. This morning I walked past a sign ‘Temporary Bus Stop’ Is that a permanent stop for temporary buses or a temporary stop for permanent buses? In the country IContinue reading “Random And Unpredictable”
Yesterday was a good day for sports lovers. First England lost the cricket. It was something of a disaster. New Zealand beat Joe Root and his men pretty convincingly. Then England won the football – their first match of the Euros against Croatia. I enjoyed the performance – the young players, the Raheem Stirling goalContinue reading “Cricket, Football, Tennis, Boxing…”
Crown Him with many crowns,The Lamb upon His throne; I sung this 170-year-old hymn (the original has 12 verses!) as a child. I liked the idea of ‘When I die I shall go to heaven to be with Jesus’. I still like this simple picture. Then I read Revelation in my Bible… This hymn isContinue reading “Crown Him With Many Crowns”
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