• TV set sitting on a street
    Life Experiences

    What On Earth is the Matter With Me?

    WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH ME? Many years ago I would start reading a book and not enjoy it. However, I had to finish it just to see. See what? No answer. By the same token, I would watch a film or DVD which bored or depressed me to tears. I had to watch it until the end. In 1981 this all changed. From somewhere in my depths, I entered a powerful time in my life. On our approaching Silver wedding anniversary, my first husband asked what I would want as a gift. What? He wants to give me something, rather than one of his travelling lady friends?…

  • Mrs. Cratchit
    Humor,  Life Experiences

    Halloween, Dressing Up and Playing Ourselves

    Halloween, per my favorite authority, the Oxford English Dictionary, is of pre-Christian origin, being associated with the Samhain the Celtic (my people) Festival, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The evening of October 31st, the start of All Saints Day, marks the end of the year and the beginning of winter when ghosts and spirits were thought to be abroad.  It was later adopted as a Christian festival, but gradually became secular rather than a Christian observance, involving dressing up and the wearing of masks and was particularly strong in Scotland. Brought to American by early colonists, beliefs and customs of different European…

  • Family gathering
    Humor,  Life Experiences

    The Hilarity of Language –  When A Brit/Irish English Speaker Learns American English

    I was about to go to bed since for once I was actually feeling sleepy. I turned the computer off at 8 pm, which I am doing more often and find I sleep better. For the past few days I have had subjects about which I want to write and then, I don’t. First of all, I thought it was because, Kim the Genius, who posts these blogs for me, was attending a conference and that is why the ideas left me. You know how it is…once the passion has been assuaged, the memory follows suit. So I was about to hit the sack when I suddenly thought of something…

  • Girl alone with dog
    Healing Lessons,  Life Experiences

    It Only Takes One Bully

    I really do not know what happens to me when I am not feeling well. My brain does cartwheels and I have to write about situations I think about but rarely speak of. This time I have the need to write about something I loathe. I Loathe Gossip Now that’s a great opener isn’t it? GOSSIP. I don’t like judgmental attitudes either, but I despise gossip. Having been a Samaritan since I was eighteen in the UK, I can say without doubt, that GOSSIP is one of the main causes of suicide. It has always been this way and now with cyber bullying we have a massive challenge. According to…

  • Life Experiences

    Things I Miss

    I was ruminating on something or other recently and thought about what I miss. The more I thought about it, the longer the list became and I wondered whether other people felt the same way. Perhaps it is because I am ripening. I am not aging. I am weathering, thriving, marinating, but not aging. In fact, I am very fond of the quotation by Albert Camus, “In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Mail Leaving the obvious out of it, such as people I love, there are other changes that sadden me at times. Of course there are those I delight in their absence. What…

  • WWII Plane
    Life Experiences

    This Is The Time (Is WWII History Repeating Itself?)

    When I write a blog post I normally sit at the computer and the words run freely. This time, which is THE time, I started on four occasions to compose this piece. There are reasons. The first is that this topic is extremely painful for me and second I will be trying to explain the inexplicable. I am referring to the violence in my country during the Second World War and the similarities I am observing today. When I was a little girl, I heard about this ‘silly little man’ posturing, shouting, and gesticulating with his ridiculous hairstyle and moustache. People thought he was a joke. There were comic strips,…