read this if you feel like time is running out for you

January 10, 2017

‘Moss is inconceivably strong. Moss eats stone; scarcely anything, in return, eats moss. Moss dines upon boulders, slowly but devastatingly, in a meal that lasts for centuries. Given enough time, a colony of moss can turn a cliff into gravel’ ~ Elizabeth Gilbert There is a woman who runs past our window each weekday lunchtime, […]

fun bobby was wrong: the unexpected lightness of being five years sober

January 03, 2017

Yesterday in the woods behind our house. Awake, grateful, sober, and still occasionally, quite fun. Do you remember Fun Bobby? He was a very minor character on Friends. He was *super fun*. And then he got sober and became stiflingly earnest and dull. And we never saw him again. I was terrified of becoming Fun Bobby. […]

10 reasons to be hopeful in the heart of the bleak midwinter

December 20, 2016

Occasionally, my car sat-nav fails to acknowledge that roads actually exist. So just before I took this photo, I was on an ‘imaginary’ road. It was muddy, foggy and dark; there were no other cars and no phone signal (which always makes me a bit nervous). As I approached this bend, the winter sun broke […]

how are you at getting your ducks into an organised arrangement?

December 07, 2016

If all the strategic planning meetings I have ever sat through were laid end to end, I bet they would reach the moon. Managers LOVE a good strategic planning meeting. Put that in the invitation title and they’ll show up with a hint of swagger, their Blackberries fully charged and snugly housed in little belt […]

the revolution is not being televised: why I lead retreats for women

November 23, 2016

On Thursday evening before our opening ceremony, I felt like I was straddling two worlds. I’ve found this can sometimes happen as I prepare: I’m both earthy and practical – is this room warm enough, do we have fresh water, fruit, flowers, candles, are there enough coloured pencils for everyone? And I’m also somewhere altogether […]