“Your first swan. Your first day by the sea. Your first walk through a field of spring flowers. The first time you heard and loved Chopin. In sharing your childhood discoveries, I have relived my own.” – Marion C. Garrety My first children were twin boys who were outgoing, funny, gentle, clever and curious. They … More Sons and Daughters
Not a month goes by that people don’t stop me in the street and ask to pray for me, lay hands on me, ask God’s help to heal me. I feel as awkward and uncomfortable about it now as I did many years ago. However, I think I’ve finally worked out why I feel this … More Why do some people stop me and ask to pray for me, or lay hands on me?
“By means of an image we are often able to hold on to our lost belongings.” – Colete. The same day that I read this my son joked that the rooms left empty by adult children were full of photos and ghosts. The synergy of these statements started me thinking how important it has always … More Images and Memories
“If you go biking in a beautiful day and see a rock on your path, don’t focus on it because if you do you will crash right into it. But if you look at all the beautiful scenery around you will easily change direction and avoid it.” My daughter sent me this quotation thinking I … More Seeing the Bigger Picture
Since I referred to the lines from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Aurora Leigh” (Book 7) Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries, And daub their natural faces unaware I have been reading the original poem http://www.online-literature.com/elizabeth-browning/aurora-leigh/7/. … More Aurora Leigh
“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning Yesterday, when Wellington suddenly was thrown into summer, everything seemed brighter and more vibrant. I left home to walk the short distance to the library, stopping to chat to with neighbours … More Living in the moment
Today my daughter’s “things” were picked up by the removal men and will be trucked up to Auckland some time this week. And so we have another empty room to mark this very significant change in our lives as the last of our kids leaves home. It seems an event worthy of some greater rite … More An Empty Nest
“Whenever we need to make a very important decision, it is best to trust to impulse, to passion, because reason usually tries to remove us from our dream, saying that the time is not yet right. Reason is afraid of defeat, but intuition enjoys life and its challenges.” Paulo Coelho I may have a few … More Making Decisions
Today I visited the Te Papa European masterpieces exhibition and for the first time saw a real Picasso, Degas and Renoir. I saw a few other gems that moved me and something by Evenepoel “At Café d’Harcourt in Paris” and Liebermann’s “Samson and Delilah”. For some reason I really loved Evenpoel’s painting – maybe I read … More Te Papa European Masterpeces
Usually I rigorously maintain a record of what’s happening in my lower limbs, particularly spasm, that may affect movement and walking. With the holidays and general feeling of laziness I’ve not been so careful. I made an entry today and reading the earlier records that I had kept, reminded me how useful this diary is. … More Keeping a spasm diary
Yesterday I decided that I should make the most of the walking ability I have now. Over the last six months, due to difficulties with spasm in my right hamstring, I have had huge difficulties walking, climbing steps and doing everyday things like taking a shower. Last month I had botox injected in my right … More Walking in Wilton’s Bush
“The boat is safest when in port, but that is not what boats were built for” – The Diary Of A Magus” Paulo Coelho A useful reminder that to live fulfilling lives, to reach our potential, to be invigorated, to feel all those emotions that we’re capable of, so we can look back and have … More Take a risk
Experiencing trauma changes the way you look at the world. Sometimes the changes are extreme, sometimes subtle. Years ago I damaged my spinal cord and it changed my life and the lives of my family completely. (You can read more in “about” me.) Recently I have been reflecting on what has inspired and motivated me … More Why Look Up at The Sky?