Magic and Loss

The magic started nine years ago, when the SSPCA contacted us about a whippet in their Balmore shelter. We loved the picture – he had something! When we met him, it felt like we’d always known each other. The moment we brought Eivor home, he gave a quiet sigh and slept. The nervous, frightened whippet… Continue reading Magic and Loss

Others

What is it that causes some people to have issues with ‘others’? A different gender, skin colour, language, accent, ethnicity can cause some to display a strange mix of fear, insecurity and hostility. Today, as we walked the dogs around Culloden Battlefield, we encountered people from all over the world, all with a common interest… Continue reading Others

Small Things that Brighten our Day

What brightens up your day? For me, it’s the small things that make a huge difference. Saying or hearing the words ‘thank you’. A smile. Laughter. Someone giving their time, because they choose to. Our town has had its postboxes decorated for Easter. A small gesture, purely to give pleasure to others. It is great… Continue reading Small Things that Brighten our Day

What’s Out There and In There

A lovely view on the Moray Coast. Look closer and you will see what’s out there. Blue sky, the beach, the forest, the snow-capped peaks. And yet, I’ve met people who tell me there’s ‘not much’ up here. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, take a closer look around you. You may spot something you… Continue reading What’s Out There and In There

Peace

A lovely, peaceful walk on the beautiful Moray Coast today. On the beach, you can see the sea defences. A reminder of a time when the peace we often take for granted needed to be defended. Peace can be hard work. Being comfortable in your true self, recognising the rights of self and ‘others’, tolerating… Continue reading Peace

Contrast

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed people appearing happier with a return to their workplaces. They tell me they are enjoying the contrast between their time at home and workplace. Home working can save time and money; it can bring relative solitude. The workplace offers face to face interaction with colleagues, a higher level… Continue reading Contrast

Dialogue

This week I’ve had some conversations about conversations; how they can sometimes turn into an emotional, adversarial debate. The apparent certainty of our views, defending them, attacking others’ views and pursuing our one and only solution rarely resolves any conflict. Using dialogue rather than debate can be a more effective approach. It is possible to… Continue reading Dialogue

Home from Home on Burns Night

Again rejoicing Nature seesHer robe assume its vernal huesHer leafy locks wave in the breezeAll freshly steep’d in morning dews (Robert Burns – Composed In Spring) I am a proud Scouser. I am also proud to call Scotland our home for the past twelve years, so tonight we will be raising a tot of whisky… Continue reading Home from Home on Burns Night

Normal is What’s in Front of You

In a conversation two months ago about life in general, I heard this lovely sentence Normal is what’s in front of you. It really resonated with me. The last two years, while very challenging, have provided an opportunity for a reset, a chance to do more of what I want to do, rather than what… Continue reading Normal is What’s in Front of You