The Arts, Children and Mental Health

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A New Year, and what a whirlwind January has been. And it’s not over yet! Disaster in Australia, with the very sad loss of human life, destruction of 15 million acres of land, and the death of thousands of animals. The beginning of an impeachment trial of a US President, the ongoing saga in the… Read more »

Christmas thoughts

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Just a short recording I did Christmas 2013 – oh my days – how time flies! Yet some things never change.Enjoy Christmas everyone, but please listen to this recording and say a prayer for those less fortunate. Perhaps in the new year you will be inspired to do something that makes a difference in the… Read more »

Podcast update

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Hi guys, Just another mention about the purpose of my new podcast, namely Kids on a Journey, which is to discuss matters appertaining to children that may be as diverse as temper tantrums in pre-school children, to eating disorders and self-harm in young adults. The podcast was launched recently with an introductory chat, followed with… Read more »

Social Media

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What do we really feel about Social Media? It’s a new phenomenon to the older generations. Bless my grandma, she wouldn’t have known what to make of it. Good or bad it’s here to stay. Social media is one of the best outlets to reach the minds of young people, to make a real difference…. Read more »

Old school visits

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August is a great time to re-group, organise, plan and of course have a holiday.I have to say it has been a very therapeutic month for me, having had a great clear out in the office and redecorated.Looking great with no clutter and totally organised. Long overdue! Meanwhile, clearing out is always good for the… Read more »

The Little Red Case

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I’m a little red case, and live under the bed in AnaMarie’s bachelor pad.That’s me! AnaMarie is Spanish, born in Madrid, now living in the countryside of the North of England, where she loves to paint. Yes she’s quite an acclaimed artist and has even illustrated a few children’s books, though her favourite past-time is… Read more »

The Polka Dot Pen

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Her name was Sally Ann Thompson. Her favourite colour pink. She liked to write. It emptied the thoughts from her head, so she said. It was her birthday, sweet sixteen. I came along in a beautiful rose pink box with a satin ribbon, and when she unwrapped me, there I was laid on a piece… Read more »

Lemon Boost

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Just been thinking about lemons! I know it’s a random thing to say but probably because I was contemplating calling at the grocery store when I leave the office today, and suddenly realised I’m out of lemons. The modest lemon seems to have become a big part of my life this last few months, and… Read more »

Worksop Schools

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Another fab school visit. Thank you Norbridge Academy for hosting with children from 4 other schools in the area. What a great day we all had. Thank you for some of your lovely comments and I really felt at the end of the day I had bonded with all the children. I didn’t want to… Read more »

Cell phones

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Do you feel like me? Concerned about the amount of time our children and grandchildren are spending on cell phones. So what are we doing about it? Too many of us, seemingly nothing! Major new studies are now proving that radiation from these devices is likely to effect memory. Electromagnetic fields are proven to have… Read more »