Although this can be a challenging time of year, I love nothing better than a crisp, blue, sparkly winter’s day, and the Christmas lights make  me smile.  And I love that there are ice rinks popping up all over the place.  I passed one at the Pavillion in Brighton last week, and had the pleasure…

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I’ve been feeling frazzled.  My life feels like a never ending task list.  I’m juggling lots of complicated things, am lucky enough to have work that I love, but like most of us, face challenges that are made more stressful in a recession.  My particular challenges include growing SHARE and making it sustainable, finding new…

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I am on a crusade, and I’m inviting you to join me.  Now’s a good time to start, if you haven’t  done so already: think of it as a post-May Day revolution.  You don’t have to take to the streets, or brandish placards.  There aren’t any petitions, or at least, I don’t think there are. …

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You remember Pollyanna, don’t you?  First cousin to Anne of Green Gables? (I’ve already lost my male readers…come back, this won’t take long)  Created in 1913 by Eleanor Porter, little Pollyanna, despite being orphaned, was relentlessly optimistic and invented the  “glad game” where she looked for the positive in adversity.  The stories may be dated…

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This has been a week with some truly glorious moments.  A week in which my soul’s been touched.  A week rich in meaning and connection, too.  Sometimes you just have to be open to it… I name this blog in honour of Ali Smith, who, with her friend and fellow writer, Jackie Kay, was reading…

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  I was going to write about the riots.  That was last week.  I started to write, I started from the point of view of my little niece who watched Croydon burn from her 9th floor window.  I stopped while I read what other, more clever people were writing.  I reflected a lot: wasn’t there…

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This is my year for connecting.  Or rather, it’s my year for reconnection, and it’s got me thinking a lot about the relationships we have, those we think we’ve lost, the meaning of it all.  And how connection with the people in our lives whom we think we left behind long ago lies dormant like…

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The scandal of Castelbeck and Winterbourne View which broke as a result of the Panorama undercover investigation has appalled the nation, and I’ve already retweeted some of the learned articles from the Guardian and Independent.  I’m left with a whole range of feelings.  Like my colleague and deputy at SHARE, I’m so proud to be…

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