Eloquent comment on Egypt from an Alicia Keys →
Thought this summed up the powerfully hopeful thoughts the brave protesters in Egypt are inspiring.
Working in progress: Pondering Gendered...
Born without limitation Well that’s not true Made to feel I could do Anything Run the country Change the world As for gender I don’t remember Except keep your knees together If you’re wearing a skirt. Instead there’s pressure Not measured against gender To do well, Be strong To stand out, Get on But wait… I recollect It’s my job to care To...
50s Film of Robin Hood's Bay →
Gorgeous little film capturing Robin Hood’s Bay and its surroundings in the mid 50s, while the changes are obvious, much of the magic of the place still remains.
We’ve had an incredibly lengthy period of freezing conditions and heavy snow. Our back yard has a constant 8” on the walls, flower pots and anywhere we haven’t trampled, as it melts slightly and settles we get more inches on top. Yesterday I walked to collect my new bike and it was hard work with most pavements covered in a couple of inches of ice, slush and snow. By the early...
31st October 1975
It has been an epic weekend. On Thursday I travelled to Robin Hood’s Bay to visit my Grandma’s house for the last time before it is sold. The house clearers were due 1st thing Friday morning so after a last meal around the dining room table we set about salvaging the last of what we wanted to keep. Such a strange feeling as so many things were filled with memories that these last...
A wonderful way to begin the weekend
I had a wonderful dream last night: I was at the Coastguard Station in Robin Hood’s Bay, my Dad and Grandad were there. It was evening, I had just passed my driving test and bought a little old banger of a car (something like an old Lada with cream and green paintwork). I decided I wanted to use my new found freedom to drive to Whitby to rent a video and get some food. The last thing I...
I have been thinking a lot about the roles I play in my life. At the moment I seem rather stuck in the role of facilitator, partly because that’s my job but I seem to have been facilitating in my personal life recently because that is what is required of me. It is exhausting but inescapable and necessary. I want to surrender to the chaos but I won’t. I look forward to the day when...
A Poster by Jeremy Deller, Scott King and William...
I’ve been having wildly vivid dreams recently, revisiting old dream territory: I dreamt that I could fly (not dreamt that for years!) but that I knew I wasn’t dreaming so I was flying in real life. Such a sense of elation and capability. I dreamt about my Grandma’s house (a common setting for my dreams but I don’t usually dream about the whole house, just the living room)...
Reading Animal Dreams
I’m reading Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver and I am blown away. Perhaps it is perfect timing to read this but it covers so many theme that feel like the threads that make up my life: The predicament of family, and being a carer Watching our elderly relatives slip into dementia How do we follow our moral compass and live the life we want to? How can we be a decent human being amongst...
The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the...– Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver, Abacus (London) 2001, p299
What keeps us going isn’t some fine destination but just the road you’re on, and...– Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver, Abacus (London) 2001, p224