Don’t give in to hate

‘I hate Donald Trump’. ‘I hate Theresa May’. I hate Jeremy Corbyn. Have you heard anyone say things like that recently? I have. In a politically divided country (and world!), they’re quite common statements. Some days (particularly on social media), it can feel like hate oozes so easily from the end of typing figures and […]

I got trolled…

I got trolled! My last blog post on the subject of Joel Osteen generated some pretty negative online responses from strangers.  Within an hour of posting, I’d sent several rather nasty comments straight to the Spam folder, which among other things, accused me of making up the story and oh, my particular favourite, the suggestion that […]

Don’t fight…make cake.

Many years ago, my family moved into a new home and almost immediately, found themselves in the middle of a war they didn’t want (or ask for) with the neighbours. I was only a young teenager at the time but I could see the effect this was having on my parents. My dad was recovering […]

Are you ready?

If Facebook was a country, right now, it’d be the most depressing place on earth.  If your timeline is anything like mine, it’s stuffed full of gloomy predictions, desperation, grief-stricken protests and in some cases, anger which has spiked into bitterness. I have my own feelings and worries too, but as I read, I can’t […]

You’re never too old to start again…

I’ve been thinking this week about Ruth…the one in the Bible.I read the story again recently and I was gripped. Ruth was a survivor. She’d left her home to move in with her husband and his family. But one-by-one, her husband had died, as had his dad and his brother, so now she was living […]

When everyone lets you down.

The man was at the wrong end of a long, dark tunnel.  His vision was swimmy, there was a dull, deep throbbing pain at the back of his head and his thoughts were water clogged and pain-filled.  As he emerged along the black tunnel, into consciousness, he could hear voices.  People seemed to be talking […]

How to be kind…

On my way home from work yesterday, I popped into the supermarket and found myself walking across Sainsbury’s car park, behind two ladies wearing hijabs. As we approached the entrance, a woman walking out of the store, acknowledged the ladies in front of me, smiled brightly and said ‘good evening’.   The ladies turned to […]

The curse of social shaming

Recently, my Social Media newsfeed has been an angry place.  People have been shouting at strangers,  name-calling, mocking and there’s been tales of petty politics, poor customer service and rants against people, systems and things. Name and shame seems to be the current trend and it reminded me of two viral stories from a few […]

The day I saw the queen.

I’ve been watching the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations and thinking back to a sunny day about 10 years ago. At the time I was working for an aid agency and while on a trip to Zambia had met this amazing lady called Margaret.  Margaret had been through the unimaginable – her husband had left her […]

When life gives you lemons…

There’s a saying; When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But for some of us, when we’re squeezed emotionally and physically, what actually pours out of us is bitterness and anger.  But not for my dad. Last year he was diagnosed with a not-much-fun condition. Among other things, this annoying irritant of an illness has […]