Author: <span>Emma Pearson</span>

What does hope look like for me now?

January 30, 2023 No Comments

Stunning photo (*) by precious widbud Charlotte MacNaughton, near Yellowknife, Canada’s Northwest Territories (January 2023) 26 January 2023 Way back when, back in my life before, and soon after I had started up my business, Kaleidoscope Development, I wrote a blogpost on “Hope”. It was 21st April 2014. I actually called it, “Hope – Part […]

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Violent Dreams to Usher In the Year of the Rabbit

January 30, 2023 No Comments

22 January 2023 Image by Gary Bendig on Unsplash I have woken late this morning – almost 9 am – very late for me. But I have been drifting in and out of sleep for the past few hours – since before 6 am. I no longer remember what dream woke me before 6, but […]

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In Praise of Love and Mountains

January 30, 2023 2 Comments

Photos and Art by Véronique Balcerzak 15 January 2023 After Mike died, I made an effort, particularly at Christmastime, to ensure there was a gift from him, not only for each of the kids, but also for myself. The first year, it was soft toy teddys made from his t-shirts. I remember that we needed […]

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Learning to Shuck Oysters at 55

January 30, 2023 No Comments

Main image by Tommaso Cantelli on Unsplash 7 January 2022 I am a bit of an Omnivore, in that I eat everything, and always have done. I have never been a fussy eater, I have a great appetite (which I didn’t lose even when I had gastroenteritis, aged about 14), and I truly relish food. […]

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Channelling Christmas Spirits

January 30, 2023 1 Comment

Main image by Rob Wicks on Unsplash. Other photos my own. 29 December 2022 Today is my first “me day” in a fat week. I have had eight continuous days, (mostly enjoyable, if also busy), of catering and making, shopping and cooking, organising and preparing, washing and folding, sweeping and wiping, loading and unloading, and […]

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Slightly Lighter

January 30, 2023 No Comments

Image by Caleb Woods on Unsplash 26 December 2022 I survived another Christmas Day. Woohoo!I survived yet another Christmas Day.I am impressed. And of all of the above words, the word “survived” is the one that least fits. Because, for the first time in 9 Christmases, it didn’t feel like “survival”. It wasn’t exactly singing […]

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Two Additional Years

January 30, 2023 1 Comment

Image by Kristopher Roller on Unsplash 8 December 2022 Today I have lived two full years longer than Mike lived. He never quite made 20,000 days, and I am now well over that milestone. I have been lucky to have… …as compared with what Mike had. The numbers look ridiculous. Absurd. And as I type, […]

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Did I hear you say “…my surviving kids…”?

January 30, 2023 2 Comments

Photo of my surviving kids, 27 July 2020, on what would have been Mike’s 57th birthday 1 December 2022 I was on a call last night for a personal-professional (same-same) development programme. It was the fifth meeting of eight we are having as a learning cohort. The group of participants is not large. All our […]

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Some emails jump out and punch me

January 30, 2023 3 Comments

Photo taken by one of Julia’s boarding school friends, and sent to me some days after her death 29 November 2022 I needed to find an email I knew would be in my inbox somewhere, and so typed in two Christian names that I figured would result in what I was looking for. The email […]

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Being friends because your friend is dead

January 30, 2023 1 Comment

Main image – a shop we chanced upon. Other photos my own these past days. 26 November 2022 I have been having a few lovely days in Paris. It might be best known for being gorgeous in the Spring, and I do like it in the Summer too, but I think it’s lovely in the […]

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