Grief and guilt

I was 13 when my Nan - my Mom's Mom - died. I spent a lot of time with her growing up, with all my grandparents actually. She looked after me when I was poorly and my Mom was at work, or during summer holidays, or just because. She had an infectious laugh. She used … Continue reading Grief and guilt

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5 things I’m loving right now

You know when there are simple things in life that bring a smile to your face? These are my current ones! James Bay - Pink Lemonade Considering I thought most of the single releases from his previous album wee a load of melancholy tosh, I can't get enough of this song. Is it recorded in … Continue reading 5 things I’m loving right now

Friday Feeling [32] – who you gonna call? Gay Bar!

We'd all like to think that we'd instinctively know what to say or do if a family member shared something important with us, but it's not always the case. Sometimes we might need advice from a third party. It's not very often, though, that the third party would be a gay bar! This story is … Continue reading Friday Feeling [32] – who you gonna call? Gay Bar!

Friday Feeling [30] – 106th birthday celebrations

What's the best way to celebrate turning 106? If you're Jack Reynolds, you go on a 60 metre high, 400 metre long zipwire; casually gaining another Guinness World Record on the way. I say another, because Jack is no stranger to marking his birthday with a new World Record. Last year, at 105, he became … Continue reading Friday Feeling [30] – 106th birthday celebrations

Friday Feeling [29] – when you think you’re having a bad day, read this!

This is one of the funniest stories I've read in a long long time - I defy you not to laugh out loud at it! 17 years ago a man brought some pepperoni to some of his naval buddies in British Colombia, and set it on his hotel room windowsill to refrigerate until he saw … Continue reading Friday Feeling [29] – when you think you’re having a bad day, read this!

Friday Feeling [28] – Guide dog for the…dog?

It's not only blind and visually impaired people who can benefit from a guide dog; blind canines can too! Golden Retriever Jake had to have both of his eyes removed following severe infections when he was a puppy and his owners were understandably worried about how he would manage without sight. But their other, younger … Continue reading Friday Feeling [28] – Guide dog for the…dog?

Friday Feeling [28] – gone but not forgotten

It's easy to assume that little people get over loss sooner than grown ups, because their minds are still developing and constantly being filled with new information. Not so for this little girl, who's been using her Dad's old mobile phone to send text messages to her Grandad "in heaven" - even though he died … Continue reading Friday Feeling [28] – gone but not forgotten