• People sharing meal outdoors
    Lightbulb moments

    When sharing matters

    Anniversary It’s been seven years now, but the anniversary of my husband Paul’s death still has the potential to make me emotionally fragile for a while. Sometimes I get through it okay. But it only takes the heightened emotion of a…

  • Overhead shot of woman exercising on mat
    Longer & deeper

    Remembering who I am

    Exercise It’s Tuesday morning. Time for Pilates, a form of exercise designed to engage and, hopefully, synchronise my brain with my body. I lie on the Reformer bed lifting and lowering my legs. The familiar patterns of movement frees my brain…

  • man_and_woman_sitting_on_wooden_steps
    Longer & deeper

    Not there yet

    The other day I was astonished to realise that I’ve been in my current home for five years. Where have those years gone? Did I forget to pay attention? Or was I just too busy doing life? But when I slow…

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    Riffs, doodles & odes

    An unexpected year

    Looking back One of the things I love about this time of year is the unstructured days and spontaneous possibilities. I know it’s not everyone’s idea of fun, but I revel in it. Besides, it means I have time to look…

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    Riffs, doodles & odes

    Letters to Emma now a book!

    PLEASE NOTE: This website now has a page with more information about my book, Letters to Emma: a memoir of grief and God’s love—just click here or on the BOOK menu option above. Exciting news After months of editing, designing, proofreading…

  • Image of girl with purple flower
    Lightbulb moments

    In praise of little things

    One day last week I was out walking in my neighbourhood enjoying the amiable sunshine and flirty breeze, when out of the corner of my eye (though why my eyes, which are not square, should have corners at all, I do not know) I…