One of the greatest institutions of our western society, for me, is that of marriage. I have been fortunate to have not only grown up with great examples in my immediate family of healthy marriages, but I have been blessed with the best in my own. I confess to being something of a romantic and,Continue reading “Starry-eyed vows.”
Tag Archives: Faith
Beautiful hymns keep coming to mind as I spend gentler times with my elderly clients. What a privilege it is to sit a while and listen to the chatter of their memories as they recount the days of their youth, marriage, children, careers and holidays. The first being “It is well with my soul” –Continue reading “Soul-filled.”
“Hark!” Calls the white bearded sage: “Repent! The end is nigh!” These words have been spoken, called and shouted out over the millenia by the prophets, seeres and doomsdayers of old and new. Now more than ever before, the world is waking up to that call. None of it is that surprising, should you turnContinue reading “‘Edgy’ times.”
Sweets, treasures, recreation, occupation, eternity – all five words hold some sort of common denominator word association answer: life saver. Growing up, a roll of LifeSaver sweets, in all their rainbow coloured deliciousness, was a treat that could be made to last right down to the glass shard sliver of sweetness, if you did notContinue reading “Life Saver.”
Opportunity of opposites.
A new chapter in our adventuring has begun, thanks to the incredible generosity of dear friends who own a holiday home in the rural regions of Switzerland where we have the privilege of basing ourselves for the next couple of months. We’ve arrived at a junction in our lives and so too the seasons: AutumnContinue reading “Opportunity of opposites.”
To be gainfully employed is more difficult than to work here in NL. I’ve been offered more work here than ever before, the vrijwillig (volunteer) variety, of which there is plenty and this, I believe, is what makes the Dutch society special: their sense of community. National Monument Day comes about each year in midContinue reading “Workers/Volunteers”
The Wandering (Travelling) Wilburys.
Today, exactly three years ago, we arrived in The Kingdom of The Netherlands to a completely empty apartment on the Valkenburgerplein in the beautiful town of Heemstede. Our team of four, each bearing the airline’s maximum luggage allowance of two suitcases, began our Dutch adventure together: sleeping on the floor, eating off plastic plates theContinue reading “The Wandering (Travelling) Wilburys.”
The wonder of weddings.
These corona virus times that our tiny blue planet is in the grip of has messed with many a plan, not least those of the nuptial sort: more than a few friends and children of our friends have had to delay, postpone or re-hash their “big day” dreams which got me thinking about the wonderfulContinue reading “The wonder of weddings.”
Leaving home to start over, abroad.
Three things make up my personal package of “how to” – 1 – SURRENDER to a giant leap of FAITH 2 – CHOOSE to be happy BEFORE departure 3 – Embrace the ADVENTURE in EVERY detail. Taking the plunge to change countries, continents, hemispheres, cultures, language and lifestyle in one’s 50’s is an adventure onContinue reading “Leaving home to start over, abroad.”
Personal perspective on the “big debate”
How extraordinary that I should have some of my more profound thoughts come to mind while I ride my Old Dutch bicycle along cobbled streets of the flat lands of our new home and, in this instance, even more profound that in this wonderful country that I currently call home, The Netherlands, being one ofContinue reading “Personal perspective on the “big debate””