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Oxymoron

By On 18 June 2016

Last year I celebrated ten years of being married to Sheila. Way back we’d had grand plans of how we were going to celebrate this milestone. It seemed like a biggy. An exotic holiday, an eternity ring (this seemed like a pretty central demand), a full-on romantic blowout… Then, of course, I felt called to become a vicar, and Sheila…

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A letter to the grieving

By On 22 May 2016

The other week I was asked to give someone some advice about grief. I’m certainly not an expert in grief but I have felt it so I wrote her a letter and thought I’d share it with you…. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any advice on how to ‘grieve well’. I’ve not heard of any tips on ‘good’ ways to…

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The hero, the victim and the villain

By On 4 April 2016

From fairy tales to films, to epic novels there is always a hero, a victim and a villain. Although it may not be clear at the beginning of the story, we all know by the end of it who the heroes, the victims and the villains are, it’s pretty obvious. A good villain makes you angry, even scared at times,…

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Airbrushed

By On 26 March 2016

I love Easter. Not because of the chocolate (I’m not really a big chocolate eater) or the lovely long weekend (I generally am a big fan of any and all days off) but because it is the one point in the year when every church across the world will mourn. We gather together on Good Friday and we grieve. We…

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Rejected by Sky TV

By On 16 March 2016

Okay, so technically Sky TV didn’t reject me (please don’t sue), it was probably just someone in the editing room who was told by someone else higher up, who was instructed by someone over the phone to cut me out the feature, but I’ve still got something to say about it. Sky TV, I cleaned my house for you. I…

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How I Learned to be Less of a Coward

By On 9 March 2016

This blog post was written in a very honest moment and contains strong language, please do not read on if this would offend you. When you can’t have children, Mother’s Day approaches with all the expectancy and welcome of a drunk uncle at Christmas.  A whole day dedicated to celebrating your greatest pain and designed to make you feel more…

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You are not alone

By On 5 March 2016

I didn’t go to church on Mother’s Day for many, many years because it hurt too much. I didn’t realise for a long time that I wasn’t alone. The day is hard for so many. Those grieving the loss of their own mother. The mother who has no physical child to hold. Those who are estranged from their mothers. Those…

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The script

By On 24 February 2016

I love story. I love how stories can grab you, feeding your mind and your creativity, introducing you to a new world as you dive into the pages of a book or are carried away by the film you’re watching. Over the past few months I’ve been studying story a lot, exploring what makes a great story – how to…

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What are you really worth?

By On 19 January 2016

The other night Dave and I pulled out one of our favourite DVD’s from our ever growing film collection to watch. Laid out on the sofa under a blanket with Betsy, our cavapoo snuggling next to us – she’s an excellent snuggler – we watched Moneyball. For someone who’s never really considered themselves as ‘sporty’, I never expected to enjoy…