Month: <span>October 2022</span>

Old habits meshing with new ones – aka from Sergy to Scheveningen overland

December 3, 2022 4 Comments

29 October 2022 I am on a Thalys train, sat at Rotterdam Centraal, awaiting the departure to Paris. I have had a very short, end-of-week (as opposed to weekend/week-end), break to see Megan who is studying in The Hague. I am on my way home, and door-to-door, it should take me 11 hours if all […]

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When not to mention the death of a child…

December 3, 2022 1 Comment

Image of Oświęcim by Vlada on Unsplash 24 October 2022 I went to see an extraordinary film last night – “Simone, Le Voyage Du Siècle” (in English, it’s been translated as, “Simone, A Woman of the Century”. The Simone in question is Simone Veil, French (and European) politician, women’s (and human) rights activist, and Holocaust […]

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Witnessing Deep, Rich Love, Sorrow and Pain in Others

December 3, 2022 No Comments

Image by Whoislimos on Unsplash 17 October 2022 I spent some deeply touching moments, minutes, hours yesterday evening, during my shift at the hospice. We have a beautiful new resident. She is a true beauty. Glorious skin and hair. Luminous eyes. Not so many people who are nearing their final days are graced with such […]

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The Comfort – and Wisdom – of Denial

December 3, 2022 No Comments

Main image by Quliyeva Efsane on Unsplash 10 October 2022 I have been reflecting on Denial. I realise that I have come to value, appreciate, love and respect Denial. Not as a blanket approach to life, but as a bit of a cosy corner to hide away in from time to time. Or even longer […]

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Alone

December 3, 2022 No Comments

1st October 2022 Image by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash I love David Whyte’s Poetry and Writings. I love David Whyte’s voice and the way he reads his Work. I love how he turns words over, how he massages formerly unnoticed meanings out of them. How he carves then places jewels in everyday words, so that […]

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