Here comes the bride… and she needs help

Inside a church

It was frenetic. Rushing from one place to another, we tried in vain to complete everything on time. People were late. Things had gone wrong. The kids could not grasp the concept of doing anything quickly today. But now, the frenzy forgotten. Stillness. What was not done would remain undone.…

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Zero waste – an impossible goal?

Litter bin surrounded by rubbish

When decluttering is not enough Not long ago I wrote about our target of living with less. Decluttering has become a part of our life; aside from what we’ve thrown away, each week we’ve taken a bag or box of “stuff” to the local second-hand shop. Our home, and life,…

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A healthy breakfast smoothie

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fortunately we know this thanks to a 1917 issue of Good Health magazine, edited by Dr J H Kellogg. Some years later this fact was brought to a wider audience by another company with a product to sell, General Foods. Many…

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All things beige and beautiful

Fast food or Fresh Food?

Not far from where we lived there was, in my early teenage years, a car that was the subject of much ridicule in our household. It was not the vehicle’s vital statistics that caused this derision by top-trumps obsessed youngsters. It was the colour. Beige. Hearing-aid beige is not a…

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Why I hate weddings


The air is alive with the chatter of birds and the dappled sun gently lights the idyllic green. The chime of the bells drifts across the village, announcing to all who would hear that a new life has begun. The bride and groom have made their vows and emerge from…

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Do they make your list?

Business is brutal. To be successful you must be ruthless. Relentless. Work all the hours that God gives. There will be sacrifices, it’s inevitable. Your health and relationships may suffer, but that’s the cost of success. Or is it? Perhaps it depends on the kind of businesses we want to…

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Life will emerge and strength will rise

Sword held aloft

What a mess. Standing in the middle of an unkempt lawn I turn slowly, surveying the carnage before me. The grass hasn’t been mown for nigh on six months. Shrubs pruned in the autumn are still bare – their spindly sticks most unattractive. There’s a gap in the fence where…

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A divine conspiracy?

Pebbles on a beach

It’s a conspiracy! In life we tend to surround ourselves with people who are like us. The metric we use may vary depending upon our situation; it could be nationality, language or ethnicity. Where we are part of the majority the divisions may be along financial, religious, idealistic or any…

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