Growing up in church…

It was a cold, dark, starry night and I remember it clearly. I was just a little girl, now draped over a shoulder, sleepy-eyed and being taken home, ready for bed. It was our annual ‘convention’ at church, which for us meant services every night for a week, guest speakers and excited, floor-thumping, tambourine-led worship.…

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A story about the perfect dress

For a few weeks now I’ve been earnestly searching for ‘the perfect dress’ for a special event; right style, right colour, right budget. It’s been a bit of a palaver (yeah, First World problems, I know). I had my eye on one in a department store but it was pretty expensive, so I bookmarked the…

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The day I met Max Clifford.

Max Clifford, ‘publicist to the stars’ was jailed today, for historic sexual assaults on young women. A few years ago, I met him and had a lengthy (pretty interesting) chat. Shortly before this, he’d written an article for Third Way magazine, which in a nutshell, said that ‘Jesus needed new PR’. In his view, the…

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Buried by avalanche….still breathing.

“What if psychiatrists came up with a different language to describe the suffering of people who troop into their consulting rooms every day? Instead of diagnosing a young woman with ‘borderline-personality disorder,’ how about ‘lost in the realm of the fluttering leaves’? Instead of ‘depression,’ how about ‘buried by avalanche, still breathing’? And, just as…

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A crashed plane in Kenya…and water in the desert.

About 7 or 8 years ago, when I worked for an aid agency, there were terrible reports filtering through of a looming food crisis in Turkana, Northern Kenya. Turkana is a really dry and arid place (one of the hottest parts of Kenya…and trust me, that’s HOT!) and the chief occupation there is herding and…

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The Shawshank Redemption…and hope.

The Shawshank Redemption is my favourite Hollywood movie of all time. I have it on DVD, must have seen it at least 10 times and every time it comes on TV, I still hunker down for the night and watch it again. I sometimes even pause and then rewind to my favourite bits…even though I…

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A beautiful love story

Ever have one of those ‘moments’ where everything about your faith, just suddenly makes sense? For me, it happens usually when I’m at the top of a hill or walking by the Sea, or watching a Sunset.   Sounds cheezy (I know!) but there’s something about incredible displays of creation cleverness, which make me understand and…

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