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After the novelty of lockdown, many people’s spirits have dipped, and moods darkened. Coming to terms with the loss of freedom, work, schedules, seeing family & friends face to face, and the need for new routines, with which to survive & thrive, often involves sinking before we […]

2020-04-06T11:38:12+01:006 April 2020|Comments Off on Game-Changer


So many stars making a daily difference ‘on the ground’ in our NHS, community hubs & social networks. People like Prof Jason Leitch giving a clear, concise & compassionate national lead. I was sorry to miss my street’s raucous applause of frontline NHS workers, getting to […]

2020-03-30T13:41:47+01:0030 March 2020|Comments Off on #StayHomeSaveLives

New Normal

2 weekends ago I stepped into Easter Ross’s ‘Land that time forgot’ for a week’s recovery & renewal. Some decisions followed us, like having to close Connexions, but returning to my desk today, is like stepping into a War Zone: News & Social Media awash with […]

2020-03-23T15:41:24+01:0023 March 2020|Comments Off on New Normal

Weed Worry!

As March marches on beauty breaks out all around. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils signal Spring sprung and the scent of summer. Alas, unwelcome weeds accompany the beauty. In time dandelions will run amok and threaten to take over our gardens. Weeds might be ‘a plant in […]

2020-03-15T13:38:10+01:0015 March 2020|Comments Off on Weed Worry!

Immaculate Infection

So how are your Coronavirus sensitivity levels faring? Responsibly handwashing, keeping body fluids to yourself & encouraging others to do the same, without jumping onto the panic bandwagon? Yesterday in church we encouraged everyone to give fist-bumps, elbow-knocks or foot-taps instead of handshakes, hugs or kisses. […]

2020-03-09T10:42:36+01:009 March 2020|Comments Off on Immaculate Infection


Mother Teresa is quoted as saying, “The greatest disease in the West today is not (Coronavirus?) TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There […]

2020-02-24T12:40:30+01:0024 February 2020|Comments Off on BLESS!

Untapped Power

Storm ‘Dennis The Menace’ diverted me from my usual Saturday cycle to a beach jog. Arthritis in both knees dissuades me from regular running, but I needed out to exercise. Heading south from the pilot house it was hard to make headway. The mighty breeze shot […]

2020-02-17T13:58:05+01:0017 February 2020|Comments Off on Untapped Power

Run to the Rescue

Described by one critic as “deliciously creepy perversity” in his fictitious portrayal of Roman Emperor Commodus in the box office smash ‘Gladiator’, Joaquin Phoenix has managed to express and explore numerous troubled characters in his distinguished film career. For me his speech last night on receiving […]

2020-02-10T13:30:57+01:0010 February 2020|Comments Off on Run to the Rescue

Who R U?

‘Identity, Belonging & Purpose’ (‘IBP’)are 3 deeply human values and needs. The questions “Who am I? Where do I fit? What am I living for?” confront us in periods of adolescence, mid-life, retirement, ill health, bereavement, divorce, empty nest, and between: jobs, homes, clubs, churches, friendships, […]

2020-02-03T12:58:58+01:003 February 2020|Comments Off on Who R U?

“Why so many religions?”

“Why so many religions?” was the focus of our capable trainee assistant David Hume, on Sunday morning (view on Fullarton Connexions’ Facebook page 26/1/20 livestream). He found it hard to prepare for but was helpfully humble, clear, concise, cogent & personal.


David compared Christianity to 4 major […]

2020-01-27T11:22:20+01:0027 January 2020|Comments Off on “Why so many religions?”