Spring is almost sprung.

February 2nd is the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. 

It’s the day every year that suddenly I feel…renewed.  The light seems a bit brighter, the day a bit longer, my heart just a bit lighter. 

So it’s not surprising to me that it’s been celebrated as a festival for centuries.  

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New Year? Already?

…and then, suddenly in a flurry of shiny paper and tinsel and Quality Street Christmas is over and we’re hurtling towards another year.

Homework and school uniforms have to be checked, chased and gathered, thoughts cleared for returns to work and for some the dreaded season of tax returns approaches.

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What were your best Christmas presents ever?

This is me on Christmas Day 1977.

Mull of Kintyre was number 1 (rural song, influencing the dungaree-style dress), the weather was mild and windy (check out the short puffed sleeve) and I was having the best day ever.

Father Christmas had brought me a black nylon wig, a plastic dolls’ house and a hamster and had made me the happiest child in England. 

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Why is purple just so fabulous?

There’s a moment in Alice Walker’s wonderful novel 'The Colour Purple' when the main character, Celie, identifies the colour purple as incontrovertible evidence that God is good:

‘I think it pisses God off when you walk past the color purple in a field and don’t notice it. 

People think pleasing God is all God cares about.  But any fool living in the world can see it is always trying to please us back.’

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