To All Year Twelve Students

   “I’m an old man now. I’ve lived a long and difficult life filled with so many misfortunes, most of which never happened.” Mark Twain   When a writer writes a line that hangs around a long time, it is because there is a truth within that touches us all. When I first read these…

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My Goddaughter Got Sick

Princess YaYa suddenly got sick on Saturday night By Sunday we all learnt she had Type One diabetes. It’s Thursday, she’s still in hospital And at thirteen trying to comprehend what all this means. As is her mum, her little brother, my son (their step brother…don’t ask) and me. Of Boof-head, Princess YaYa and Skippy,…

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CARE

“The process of caring for somebody/something and providing what they need for their health or protection“ Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Oxford University Press 2000 Care is a verb and may I be blunt? Stop reading now if your answer is no! There are too many folk who give vocal credence to the notion of caring…

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Not all weeks are great!

I got sacked yesterday.  No reason was given. Because I had not yet completed my probationary period they simply terminated the contract.  “Under the terms of the contract we have the right to end your employment without giving a reason. Goodbye.”  The financial implications scare me silly. My emotional self though is deeply relieved. Though…

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There’s No Such Thing as Beyond Repair

Chapter One “All Parents Damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.”  – ‘The five people you meet in Heaven’ Mitch Albom  “There is no such thing as beyond repair” -Leesa…

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Bertrand Russell Speaks my Heart

You know how sometimes you read something and the recognition causes a kind of shock because another being has expressed your heart so well?  Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) at eighty-four, wrote this addition to his autobiography titled ‘What I have Lived For’. These five paragraphs speak my heart unlike any other words I have read…

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Thinking of the dying & 2011

Today as I allowed my mind to wander in preparation for my last 2010 post I thought of a terminally ill client I had been working with. “Are you at peace with what’s going on for you?” I asked. “Dying you mean?” she responded. “Yeah” “Oh yes Leesa,” she replied with more animation than usual.…

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Yes;our thinking counts

I was walking to the shower two mornings ago when all of a sudden I became aware of the thoughts rolling through my mind.  They weren’t good. They were a litany of ‘why Leesa’s an idiot loser dick-head’ for getting herself and her son into such a financial disaster that the electricity will be cut off any day, and homelessness…

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death; the final frontier….and I’m pissed off!

Simon will be buried today. His body at least. And the grief of his children will know no bounds. What is this death, this silence, this black hole Why must there be another side What is this curse that means those who love us have their hearts ripped out because we die And curse you…

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me and money

 My parents had mucho-mundo money.  In court at twelve after I had refused to go home the mother argued; “But we gave her so much the ungrateful wretch” What matters the hate and a bit of…well…lot’s of pain?  As a teen I saw people + money = corruption, hypocrisy, abuse, addiction and the constant hunt…

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