Masculinity in a world where men behave badly.

The bad behaviour of some prominent men in our lives and times has made for depressing media headlines in recent weeks. It has been easy for these predators to operate in a world where 'sleazy' behaviour is tolerated and media, in general, portrays relationships as dispensible and responsibilities within relationships as so 'last century'. I've … Continue reading Masculinity in a world where men behave badly.

Our Shared Lives.

Psalm 145:4 “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts …” It's been a typical late October day here in Yorkshire, England: sunshine mixed with grey cloud, a little damp underfoot, and people have already started hunkering down in their homes ready for winter. Most gardens are looking weather-weary, and the storms last … Continue reading Our Shared Lives.

When Discouraged.

It seems like, as Jesus said, in this world, we will always have trouble. Our lives will be punctuated with sorrow and discouragement, pain and fear. And for some, life offers fewer intervals between each onslaught. Chronicity is a word linked to so many medical disorders: anxiety, arthritis, diabetes, depression. No-one wants to hear it, … Continue reading When Discouraged.

Simplicity begins with a sunrise and ends with a sunset.

It's 5 am and I'm fully awake. Sun is streaming through the slatted beams of an ancient veranda, and the hum of life outside has already reached steady state. It's 1989 and I'm a third-year medical student from Glasgow on elective placement in a rural 'Mission Hospital', nestled deep amongst lush coconut plantations in the South … Continue reading Simplicity begins with a sunrise and ends with a sunset.

Simplicity.

Life in my grandparents generation seemed simpler, slower, gentler. Holidays were spent at the seaside, the nearest one to their home. Food shops and clothing stores offered limited options. People travelled less and families stayed close by. They had the same doctor, the same electrician, the same plumber, the same joiner, for life. Today we … Continue reading Simplicity.