Be more trauma-informed

Somebody once asked W.H. Auden why he smoked so much. “Insufficient weaning,” he replied. In a split second two children were cut off from their parents and left orphans following one of the IRA’s most savage bomb attacks in La Mon House Hotel in the Castlereigh Hills above Belfast. In that split second safety andContinue reading “Be more trauma-informed”

Spiritual wisdom is a tree of life

One of the most encouraging activities in my spiritual life is bible study. In my early walk with God I was lead to a remarkable bible study in Holywood, Northern Ireland. Roy and Rosemary Millar graciously facilitated it over the decades from their beautiful red brick Victorian home, on the shores of Belfast Lough. AsContinue reading “Spiritual wisdom is a tree of life”

A tribute to an overcomer, Margaret Helen

I became keenly aware of the beauty of my mother’s name whilst sitting in a doctor’s waiting room in Roseville, California. Two delicate floral paintings hung side by side. One was named Margaret, the other Helen. What a wonderful name it is. Margaret stands for Pearl. Helen stands for shining light. On Saturday past, familyContinue reading “A tribute to an overcomer, Margaret Helen”

Taming the flood waters of sectarianism

Here in Northern California, on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, flow the clear, sparkling waters of the Feather River.  Once as prized for its gold deposits as it was feared for its floods, the river was tamed by the building of the Oroville Dam. The reservoir that resulted remains the primary storage facility forContinue reading “Taming the flood waters of sectarianism”

When does a religious institution become a criminal organisation?

A BBC story and Royal Commission inquiry from Australia touched my heart this week.  It’s worth sharing in another format to make people aware of the full scale of the horrendous problem. Also to raise awareness of how importance it is to listen to children who have the courage to come forward and talk aboutContinue reading “When does a religious institution become a criminal organisation?”

Speaking out about radical Islam

It’s easy to feel paralyzed by the rising wave of terror attacks today. Global politics have kept me on my toes. They have also inspired me to speak out more. Sexy photos, funny statements, angry memes and kittens on social media are somewhat cute but what will it take to penetrate apathy ? As aContinue reading “Speaking out about radical Islam”

Team building for Tesla in Sacramento

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2). I live on Vineyard Road which is about an hours drive from the fruitful hillsContinue reading “Team building for Tesla in Sacramento”

Connection and belonging

I sit window facing in the dryness and warmth of the Roseville Whole Foods. My hot coffee and circular English toffees laid before me. I take joy in the atypical California weather. Palm trees swaying back and forth in the wind. Puddles abound. Folsom Lake has reached full capacity. The American River in Sacramento continuesContinue reading “Connection and belonging”