Dig In

When someone is sure of his or herself, they can be humorously self-deprecating about their imperfections whilst remaining quietly rooted and secure, still believing in their abilities and talents.  Take the unlikely example of Bing Crosby’s prominent ears, which he said made him look, ‘like a taxi cab with its doors wide open.’  Or consider … Continue reading Dig In

Tumbling Down

Wasn’t it awful watching television footage of Notre Dame Cathedral burning furiously earlier this week? That it is a monument so ancient, recognisable, and steadfast made it all the more shocking.  It stirred a deep unease in my heart, its partial destruction acting as a powerful reminder about what is precious yet precarious: everything. I was reminded … Continue reading Tumbling Down

But Why?

I don't know what age children are when they start asking, ‘But why?’  Are they three-years old?  Four?  And when does the, ‘But why?’ battery wear out?  I going to guess it wears out sometime around sixteen; the age at which the questions evaporate because they (kid-ults) know the answer to everything.  From such secure … Continue reading But Why?

Canny Mind

“Could you send me the name of the wine you brought when you came for dinner the other night?”  Ping.  Back came an immediate response: “Canny Mind.”  Gone are the days of wines being named after the vineyard, the land where the grapes are grown or the winemaker himself.  Château Des Maures, Cloudy Bay and … Continue reading Canny Mind

Prayer Push

A.’s car wouldn’t start this morning.  It might have been the cold.  When we were small, five Hail Marys got our car going when the temperature dropped and the engine hacked like a 30-a-day smoker and refused to budge – it worked every time.  Its clogged up mechanical throat cleared and it spluttered to life … Continue reading Prayer Push