Author Archives: Shades of Sky

On beating my own drum

“Let each of you look not only to their own needs, but also to the needs of others” Philippians 2 v 4 NIV When I was an undergraduate, someone leading my Christian Union home group reported that, actually, in the … Continue reading

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Being more unicorn

Online dating is cruel. At one level, there are those who treat the whole affair like some kind of joke. Gosh, look at him. How stupid is he to think anyone would go out with that?  Cue messages ostensibly inviting him out … Continue reading

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Toeing the line

In other words, putting one foot in front of the other, feet flat, along  a taut skipping rope, or a line in the pavement (I ain’t afraid of no bears). Me, aged seven or eight years, developing balance –  poise – … Continue reading

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Schrodinger’s Root

My mother visited my primary school classroom umpteen times about the bullying. Each evening, I would give her an account of events. They became expected; normalized. It was the way that other children behaved around me. My mother visiting the … Continue reading

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Whatever you want

Which film would you like to see at the cinema? X or Y? I can’t choose. I don’t mind, really,  I don’t.   As a template, the above would work pretty well for many of my conversations with friends or … Continue reading

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Remember my name

“I’m Kurt, I’m 11, and I’m incorrigible. … What’s incorrigible? I am one of those folks who can recite the lines of their favourite films, not for the trying, but for the number of times that I have watched them.  … Continue reading

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Never enough

My brother was quite a precocious child. At his birth, he gave me a nurse’s dressing up outfit. As you can see below, I was a very dutiful nurse. I tended each of my patients with care, a song (‘Miss … Continue reading

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