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  • Six Kitties Dancing...

    This very jolly card arrived on my doormat today - always whoever sent it didn't sign it! All I know is that has a Glasgow postmark.

    It's great fun, and brought a smile to my face. So, whoever you are, on the off chance you see this, thank you!

  • Alternative Poem...

    A little bit of doggerel, as distraction, in the midst of yet another crazily busy day!


    T'was the week before Christmas

    And all through the manse

    Not a creature was snoring

    Not even the cats!


    The orders of service

    were printed with care

    And music, and visual aids

    were piled everywhere


    The emails kept pinging

    For this thing and that

    (Whilst lovely greetings card

    arrived on the mat)


    Meetings, more meetings

    Work programmes and plans

    Deadlines keep looming

    And I need to go out...


    Then, into the midst

    Of this chaos (quite ordered, no panic)

    A quiet whisper spoke

    And said, 'don't be so manic!'


    'You've worked hard

    All year and so leave it to me -

    Christmas will happen,

    Just you wait and see'


    So with those thoughts

    At my PC I type

    Merry Christmas to all -

    And it'll all turn out right!


  • Another year older...

    ... which is always cause for celebration.

    In the midst of a somewhat bonkers week, when I have had literally to go from meeting to meeting to meeting, it is good to pause just for a moment, and to be grateful.

    Overall being 56 was good, even against a back drop of local and global politics that makes my blood run cold. I've had some lovely times away - notably Florence, Orkney and Crete - and shared in some lovely moments with others. It's been the year in which the idea of an anthology of Baptist women's writing was conceived, and in which the manuscript has been sent off to the sponsors for publication. It's been a year in which I managed to stop taking most of my medication, in the end prefering the side effects of my anti-cancer meds to those of the meds for them!  It's been a year in which I took stock of myself and enrolled on an evening class in sprituality, decided to brush up my school-girl French, and took up Pilates.  And of course, it's been the year in which I celebrated being ten years in Glasgow.

    So, yes, 56 has been good! And now on to 57 and a whole new chapter to write.

    I have so much to be grateful for - being here at all is a gift I could not have conceived nine years ago - and I am determined to live my 'best life' in the coming days, months and, hopefully, years.

  • A City Built on a Hill...

    This morning I had a meeting in the city centre, and I was a bit early, so I went for  wander, only to be greeted by the most wonderful panoramic view across the city looking west.  Although not in this photo, I could see the gold roof of the (new) sikh temple, and I walked past a synagogue.  So many towers and spires and domes, so many aspirations and endeavours.  It's a beautiful city, and it was a joy to view it from so high up.

    The meeting was a joy too.

  • Linking up our prayers...

    The photo shows a bowl of red baubles left over from last Sunday, and the paper-chain prayers we made this Sunday.

    This morning's nativity in rhyme was great, with very small children miming part sof the story, teens as narrators and adults filling in where needed. It was rather wonderful to have an Iranian Joseph and a Nigerian-Scottish Mary, and very lovely when Mary's little brother followed the couple to Bethlehem.

    There was some great singing of music old and new, some real laughter and lots of appropriate 'ah' moments.

    It was a good morning, and I am, as always on such occasions, so proud of 'my' people.