Gift of Friendship

Inspiration comes in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is literally an intake of breath. That’s what happened to me, when I first unwrapped the Christmas present from my dear friend, Adele Grodstein, who also happens to be the mother-in-law of one of my sons. She is a wonderful artist, lives in New Jersey inContinue reading “Gift of Friendship”

Madness or Method

This morning, I woke up to find myself in that half-life, hazy world of here and now/there and then. I know I’m in my tiny crone cottage in Liverpool, but I’m also in a space ship thrumming its way across the galaxy to save two solar systems. My accustomed butterfly-flitting thought processes are streamlining themselvesContinue reading “Madness or Method”

Swings and Roundabouts

It’s been quite a week, and apparently not just for me. A strange 7 days of nothing bad happening, but yet feeling stressed. And I’m happy to say, it seems to be waning—that stressed out feeling. I’ve been staying at my son’s house, cat-sitting. I love the cats, but they do yowl, very loudly, atContinue reading “Swings and Roundabouts”

A Proper Copper Coffee Pot

Yes, I do actually have one, a one-cup pot, picked it up in a second hand shop a couple of years ago. But I only started using it quite recently, when my lovely little DeLonghi semi-automatic machine died the death. It’s take me a while to get the hang of it, figuring out just howContinue reading “A Proper Copper Coffee Pot”

Holiday Schmoliday

All this talk about holidays lately—whether you are missing your fortnight on the Costa Del Sol, or arguing about the definition of the word ‘staycation’—got me thinking that I might try actually having one. So I arranged for all my teaching commitments to be postponed for a week, leaving the whole Easter weekend free. ToContinue reading “Holiday Schmoliday”