On Loss, Grief, Ideas, Small Successes and Gratitude

As the title of this post suggests, I have a lot to share today. Loss Fear not, cherished reader, it’s not as bad as it looks. My loss is, in the scheme of things, amore irritating than tragic, more time consuming than debilitating. This blog, however, is based on the notion that writing is healing […]

Sauce

He mustered the ingredients, fished the saucepan and measuring jug from the cupboard and the wooden spoon from the drawer, then challenged her. ‘Okay, show me how you do it.’ She warmed the butter until it was a golden puddle roosting in the bottom of the saucepan. Reducing the flame, she added the flour then turned off […]

Sparks

At first only sparks, fragments of light that died and died again. Finally, despite her shuddering hands, a flicker, a glint of flame that swung wildly, spluttered then settled into something more. ‘Minuscule flame,’ she intoned , ‘stay alive, stay alive…’ A sound from beyond the night: familiar footsteps, the flood of stamping feet dislodging […]

On Freedom, Emails and Paul McCartney*

*This post has been edited. It’s been quite a week; two celebrations, one done and dusted for the year and another tomorrow afternoon, plus a bout of feeling poorly. The first celebration was associated with a Beatles favourite, of reaching a time in life when ‘will you still need me, will you still feed me?’ is […]