A question of being normal

‘Just a moment, please,’ the festival car parking assistant said politely. ‘Disabled!’ the driver responded loudly followed by slamming the steering wheel. In a previous post I wrote how issues around disability and health problems have been a thread throughout my life. In those years I have encountered the very best Read more…

Surveying the landscape

‘Are you doing a survey?’ My questioner could be forgiven for making such an assumption. There I was, sat with pen, paper and folder in hand. Overlooking the beautiful landscape in and around Coleton Fishacre, a National Trust property in South Devon. Boats on the sea, birds of prey in Read more…

Memories

On 27 May 1924, Henrietta (known as Hetty) and Robert (known as Bob) Duckworth welcomed their daughter, Eirene in to their home at 64 Taylor Street, Bury in Lancashire. Eirene (known as Renee) a sister for John, both with auburn hair and both in later life having rheumatoid arthritis. Both Read more…

A thin place

In the recent BBC series The Pilgrimage, seven celebrities (although I’d only heard of one of them) walked the Pilgrim’s Way in North Wales. Along their journey, they discussed many aspects of spirituality and belief, and displayed both understanding and vulnerability (although the programmes were notable for the absence of Read more…

Driven or called?

I went back to school last week. This was the third occasion my role as one of the voluntary chaplains with South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC) had taken me to the lovely city of Salisbury for Easter School (or Lent School, depending on the dates) It was an enjoyable, Read more…

God’s grief

Sunday is a day on which I often do something many consider to be important but others less so. The ironing. It is not so much the task which I enjoy (although I don’t mind it) but what I do while doing it – and it passes the time too. Read more…

All manner of things

Over the last few weeks, I’ve continued to reflect on the words of Reverend Richard Coles who, in thinking about Jesus’ words in John’s Gospel 10:10, said: ‘Life in all its fullness is about love, joy, fear, despair, grief, sadness and everything else we experience that is harsh and difficult. Read more…