Monday, 30 April 2007
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Friday, 27 April 2007
Sunday, 22 April 2007
Saturday, 21 April 2007
We spent last night at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh at a wonderful concert - Music for Mums. We were there largely because our son and his friends were performing with the Inverclyde Schools Junior choir. But what I saw and heard really inspired me. The concert was just part of a huge fundraising effort by a midwife at Simpson's Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh. Linda McDonald visited Bottom hospital in Malawi and returned home to her own high tech unit determined to do something to improve the lives of mothers and babies in Malawi. She has already raised £125,ooo pounds by selling recipe books!
Over 500 very talented young folk took to the stage at the Usher Hall, performing all sorts of music: music from the shows, ceilidh music, African music, drumming, fiddling, traditional Scottish music. There was also some poetry, an Eagles tribute band and an Irish tenor. The finale, where every youngster reappeared wearing orange Music for Mums T shirts, singing Boyzone's A Different Beat was moving both in sight and in sound. It was indeed a privelege to be a part of something so worthwhile. One woman's determination motivating hundreds of talented young folk making a difference to thousands of lives across the world.
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
For a good few years, Easter always found us on the Isle of Tiree and we often got to feed the lambs who needed that little extra care. One year, there was a lamb, we called her Samantha, who used to come walking with us when we took the dogs out. Isn't there a story about geese who were raised with the chickens and spent their days pecking around the yard instead of soaring in the sky?
The world is truly our oyster. We just need some encouragement and some good examples to follow along with a lot of love. Then we can choose to be anything we want to be. And, even better, the folk around us will go on loving us whatever.
Monday, 16 April 2007
Even in the mundane every day, its good to have an awareness of memories being created, of sustenance being laid in store.
These beautiful primroses are blooming in the most unlikely places right now. They can't fail to bring cheer wherever they are found. They'll remind me for some time to come of a leisurely walk to the beach, of the excitement of flying kites. Of memories laid deep in my soul. Of love that transcends physical borders and distance and time. Such is the tenacity of friendship.
Sunday, 15 April 2007
In Scotland, we still have some of these wonderful old red telephone kiosks in splendidly isolated places. Means of communication change so fast. Its good to have reminders of what used to be and of how valuable these isolated communication posts were for communities. Blogging has opened, for me, a whole new exciting world of fellow sojourners, sharing stories and insights as well as giving me the opportunity to put some of my meanderings "out there". Two folk this week, Cherie and Iain have given me a thinking blogger award for which I am grateful. I now have to nominate 5 posts that get me thinking, so here are my top 5 fellow bloggers:
- Cherie, a sister I have never met but with whom I share lots of similar wanderings.
- Iain, whom I have met and who never fails to inspire me with his wisdom and talent.
- italker, this blog often includes astounding video clips and thoughtful poetry.
- Purple words on a grey background, a wonderful title. Again someone I don't know but whose musings I enjoy. I too used to be in full time chaplaincy - a "sector ministry".
- goodin parts, insightful reflections of an anglican priest.
Thanks to all of these for putting their reflections on the web. I hope you enjoy Thinking Blogger "status".
Here are the participation rules:
1. If you get tagged [which means your blog has been named on one of these lists of 5], write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
Lets keep on communicating!