Author Archive: widemargin

What do you want?

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My family know all too well I have one enormous failing. I am an absolutely awful person to buy gifts for. I don’t do fancy stuff, and I’m pretty low maintenance. I dread the question, “Mum, what do you want for your birthday?” It’s not good. They want to bless me, make me smile, give me …

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Why I see what I think I see

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We were reminiscing the other day. There was this girl who used to irritate me something rotten. Not deliberately. But she would angle for attention, in your face, fussing. I was never outwardly mean to her, just avoided being around her as far as possible. Older and hopefully wiser, I can see now she was …

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It’s wrong

In the wake of the horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, how can you talk about forgiveness? How do families and friends come to terms with their loss? Those hurt, those traumatised, those who have lost so much in so many ways? It’s almost two years since Dylann Roof sat amongst the congregation of Emanuel African …

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What about the mess?

Is it pride to tell you my garden has been spectacular over the last 2 or 3 months, with a wonderful display of daffodils and other spring flowers? The best of it, is that I didn’t have to do anything for it – those bulbs were planted years ago, and they just keep coming back and …

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Mastering the situation

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“You’re supposed to be on holiday!” My husband’s frustrated cry whenever he saw that look in my eye. We’d be in some pretty little souvenir shop, and I’d spot some curious object that would be just the thing for a particular lesson. I worked in special ed, and finding stuff to help children understand the world they …

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How you see it

I so appreciate good eye sight. I remember going on a course for disability awareness, and we were given various pairs of glasses to wear, which mimicked eye conditions, and we had to find our way round with limited vision. It was hard! It alters what you perceive –  you edge forward with uncertainty; you can’t tell what …

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Treasures

That awful moment you arrive home and realise you’ve been burgled. It happened once when the kids were young. Drawers open, rifled. My jewellery box pillaged, most of its worthless contents scattered around. My engagement ring on the floor, discarded as it had lost its stone. My grandmother’s jade ring! The only piece of value I …

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Power to overcome

People are roughly divided into two groups – those who go to the gym (or who at least think you should), and those, like me, who have never actually been inside one – shock horror! With some people, exercise is almost an ethic, for others it’s a waste of good energy. Personally, I’ve plenty of cupboards …

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For thine is the kingdom

I’m writing as the results of the American election unfold. As fellow blogger Pieter Stok put it, the process has been “like observing a slow motion train wreck and being helpless to do anything about it.”  And so I turn to the next section of the Lord’s Prayer. I’m looking for that section, “For thine is the kingdom, the …

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Shift your focus, change the outcome

I have three wonderful (now grown-up) kids, that I am so proud of. I am amazed at their achievements, and even more amazed that my husband and I managed to turn out three such spectacular human specimens! However, I do know, sadly, that no-one in our family (me very much included) has ever achieved perfection. Come to think …

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