Category Archives: Thoughts

Religious Education 2

A couple of years ago (back when I was quite prolific) I wrote a long piece on my painfully ambivalent attempts to introduce my girls (just Tilly at the time, really) to the Jesus person. I just re-read it, and … Continue reading

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A question about fear and death

A couple of days ago, I read a post by my friend Paul about a motorbike accident he had recently. In the post he talks about his strong desire to ride again, despite the many reasons there are for him … Continue reading

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A polite child

I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with politeness. As a teenager, three factors combined to create in me a contempt for it: pride, introversion and Christianity. Introverts are, I believe, at a temperamental disadvantage in the politeness stakes. Even when … Continue reading

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ICE, ICE Baby

Warning: the following features a Russian Scuba instructor using language that is much stronger than he realises, so if you are offended by Russian Scuba instructors using unintentionally strong language then stop reading now! Now, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned … Continue reading

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Postito (or yet another desperate attempt to re-ignite a blog)

I was having lunch with a friend the other day, and we got talking about blogging. She asked me how my blog was going, and when I said that I hadn’t posted for ages, she suggested – quite sensibly – that … Continue reading

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The Sweetspot

I remember a talk I once went to on stress, in which we were told that stress is not inherently bad, in fact that it can be as bad for us to have too little stress as it is to … Continue reading

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AM

The other day I ‘invented’ a new form of meditation. I call it AM (ie just like TM, except that instead of being Transcendental, it’s Accidental.) Here’s what happened. Susie was at work, Tilly was at childcare and Kitty was … Continue reading

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Cake Plate

I love the absurd. I’m sure that growing up the the Goons, Monty Python and the Goodies had a lot to do with it, plus living in a family which revelled in the absurd in all its guises (with the … Continue reading

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Upper Middle Bogan

NOTE: Apologies for any typos or incoherent bits in the following. I ran out of time to edit it, because I had to watch the tele. As I sit here waiting to watch the next episode of ‘Upper Middle Bogan’, … Continue reading

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Coming out about loving camp

Those who regularly read my blog would be aware that I use podcasts to keep my brain alive while I’m pushing the pram. One of my favourites is This American Life, and the other day I was listening to an … Continue reading

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