Author: Mary Vickers

July 24, 2020

Change is all around…..

Well, we’re just over half-way through the year.  I wonder how many of your hopes and fears from the New Year are still with you?  How many of them have come to fulfilment, whether it was something that you hoped for o
July 2, 2020

Are you special?

I’d like to ask you a personal question - "Are you special?" Although we all probably know at least one extrovert ‘wise guy’ or ‘prima donna’ who’ll say “yes”, I’m guessing that the majority of us woul
June 22, 2020

Fathering and fatherhood

It was Father’s Day yesterday.  Like Mothering Sunday, it’s a day which either brings warm, fuzzy feelings, or it’s something we’d rather avoid thinking about for one reason or another, For me this year, it
June 20, 2020

How will you use the longest day?

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year for us in the northern hemisphere.  This is when a planet’s rotational axis is most greatly inclined toward the star that it orbits.  So today the earth’s
May 11, 2020

Social and other distancing…..

In the last eight weeks or so we’ve all learned a new vocabulary.  Shielding has always meant protection, but last year internet searches for shielding were mostly about protecting ourselves against electricity or radia
May 4, 2020

Rainbows – signs of hope…..

On my daily walks at the moment, I see so many rainbows.  Many are stuck in windows having been coloured by children – or maybe adults.  Others are drawn in chalk on the pavement.  A few are painted or drawn on the wa
April 29, 2020

From ‘me’ to ‘we’

Course - Week 6 - Connections Last Friday’s reflection highlighted the fact that all people have a role to play however large, small, or apparently insignificant their work or life appears to be.  I used to spend a fai
April 27, 2020

Workers’ Memorial Day

Tomorrow, 28th April, is Workers’ Memorial Day.  This is an international event remembering those who’ve died at work, or as a result of their work, and renewing our pledge to fight for safety at work for all. This
April 24, 2020

There are no passengers…..

Course - Week 6 - Connections In the book 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, there is the famous - or infamous - line: “all pigs are equal but some are more equal than others.” We are all interconnected in life but are
April 23, 2020

A person in need is a person indeed

Course - Week 5 - Compassion One of the ongoing debates in contemporary society is whether to give money to those who ask for it in the street.  I recall last year a local newspaper report asking that shoppers do not giv