Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives


Compton Bay Isle of Wight

“Despite the well-documented effects of anger, fear, and anxiety on the ability to reason, many programs continue to ignore the need to engage the safety system of the brain before trying to promote new ways of thinking. The last things that should be cut from school schedules are chorus, physical education, recess, and anything else involving movement, play, and joyful engagement. Continue reading




This evening on the longest day, in the quiet hour between dusk and dark

A Pair of buzzards circled high in twisted soar, angled, banking low Continue reading

Luna Reflection – A Letter To My Children On Acceptance



The scent of Ambre Solaire sun oil mingling with ripe fruit  is one of my earliest memories of a childhood spent on a farm overlooking fields of black currants at the foot of the Sussex Downs. Resurrected by a week of hazy dusky warmth, a heady breath of amber, cream, warm skin and summer heat, Continue reading

Weekend Read Listen and Watch

ship viewed from cliff through sea pinks

Tall Ship at Dusk, Freshwater Bay

It’s widely accepted that trauma in childhood may predispose towards mental health difficulties in adults, but recent research shows that the effects may be much more far reaching than previously imagined. Continue reading

Simple Wisdom For Complex Lives


Tall Ship, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight


“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching