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Bridge 2 Nowhere

Ever felt redundant or irrelevant? Such is the daily food of many relieved by Covid-19 of duty, responsibility, role, employment & previous routine which gave significance & meaning. And as we try to imagine ‘new norms’ for family, friendship, church, business, leisure, what are the vital […]

2020-05-18T13:09:40+01:0018 May 2020|Comments Off on Bridge 2 Nowhere

“It’s life Jim!”

Spock’s supposed sage words to Captain Kirk “It’s life Jim, but not as we know it!” actually come from the 1987 No. 1 song ‘Star Trekkin’, not the cult TV Star Trek series. The song is a hilarious picture of Star Ship Enterprise hurtling through the […]

2020-05-11T12:39:06+01:0011 May 2020|Comments Off on “It’s life Jim!”

Precarious & Precious

A recent TEAR Fund snap-shot survey confirms my inkling that more people are praying these days: Over the last 6 weeks a 5% increase in prayer & UK church attendance (online), particularly among 18 – 24year olds, with men more likely to attend church or pray […]

2020-05-04T13:07:28+01:004 May 2020|Comments Off on Precarious & Precious

60 Sec’ Cherry Blossom

I paid my annual pilgrimage to Kerr Drive & Symington Parish graveyard to wonder at the dazzling beauty of the Cherry blossom. Surrounded by pink packed clouds cascading from branches I recorded some 60 second sermons. Gifted with the ‘gab’, I’m used to spouting sermons 20 […]

2020-04-27T11:43:14+01:0027 April 2020|Comments Off on 60 Sec’ Cherry Blossom

Inspiration & Wisdom!

What fount of inspiration & wisdom is found in senior citizen stories from living through World War 2. Our Lockdown Shoes Brothers’ Show is a bit like panning for gold, but patient wading through awful waffle rewards you with some golden nuggets. Special guests David & […]

2020-04-20T12:27:25+01:0020 April 2020|Comments Off on Inspiration & Wisdom!

Corona Christ

Corona Christ! ‘No’- not a new curse, ‘Yes’ – an increased clarity of who Jesus is.


Have you noticed a louder & clearer dawn chorus of birds with fewer engines running? Did you see Arran’s cloud-shrouded mountains emerge with sharper sight, aided by sunshine and cold front? […]

2020-04-13T22:20:47+01:0013 April 2020|Comments Off on Corona Christ


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!