Dream On

“Tell your dream to someone before you eat your breakfast and it will come true.” Y. told me this – it was a new one on me. “Obviously, only if it is something good. If it’s a ‘going-to-work-naked’ dream, or ‘teeth-falling-out’ dream, then keep that sort of thing to yourself.” She continued to tell me … Continue reading Dream On


What are the most difficult things in life? Solving quadratic equations? Learning to play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2, finger-perfect? Achieving a feat of physical endurance, like my Irish hero, Tom Crean, who trekked to the South Pole in 1911 with Captain Scott? Anything that takes years of dedication and practice must surely be high … Continue reading Wrong


Has saying grace before meals fallen out of favour? As a ‘learn-by-wrote’ prayer or thankful phrase said before or after eating a meal, I get the feeling it’s a lot less said than it used to be. On the other hand, if we look upon grace as a statement of awareness, a word of thanks, … Continue reading Grace


Did you ever see a pigeon with a stump for a foot? I did. I was sitting in the waiting area of Waverley station, just beside the ticket office, mindlessly watching the departure and arrivals screen refresh every two minutes. A limping pigeon, heroically hobbling around on the ground between travellers’ feet, caught my eye. … Continue reading Birds