What if the Christmas celebrations are not 'for you' this year? The anniversary of a loved one passing on still brings tears, or that it is so difficult to keep up with the demands of 'buy, buy, buy', or you just want to withdraw from everything as 'you feel worthless'. The Blue Christmas time of…Read more Blue Christmas 2019
I recall one trek from my youth, where it was a constant slog of 'up and down dale' albeit we were no where near Derbyshire or Yorkshire, we ended up going through a number of peaty bogs (seen above). The black mire would infiltrate every pore of your sock, leaving a wonderful, but smelly, pattern…Read more On a journey
We have arrived in a market town in West Yorkshire: Lancashire bounds its western boundary and the River Calder and Rochdale Canal sweep through the town centre. The hills, mainly flowing east-west, provide a majestic backdrop. The roads linking us to Halifax through Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd are fairly busy, mainly due to the road…Read more What is Yorkshire saying to us?
I have come to the end of my time at The Queen's Foundation in Birmingham. To explain, this is the college where Methodists receive pre-ordination training prior to being sent out to various places across the country as ministers. The training can take two years and is composed of a series of academic modules, training…Read more What can change in 2 years?
Kneeling down, I reached down to put my hand on his, to comfort him, to link my fingers in his, like we did years ago. I felt a response, a gentle squeezing, reassuring me, acknowledging my presence. I then felt a warmth in my knee, the wafting stench of stale urine now growing in intensity,…Read more What time is it?