Has food and drink been consumed to excess in gatherings at Christmas? Or, has too little been eaten and drunk - is this latter possible at Christmas? For many this midwinter (midwiner?) festival provides a welcome relief from the long nights and short days. The turning of the year and a pretext for a tsunami of food and drink.
It is the time of year when miracles are at the top, or near top, of people’s minds. A miracle is something that happens, which as yet, cannot be explained in a convincing way. Over 100years ago people rushed into the streets when a plane flew over - the miracle of flight! There is a daily miracle close to home, on our doorstep; the men and women who choose to spend their lives working in the Health Services. Their lives are devoted to ensuring recuperation, the relief of pain and the return to full health of their fellow human beings. Further study is required throughout their careers, whatever speciality is chosen. Why do these men and women choose this demanding career? Many, not all, are from a home or school with religious values that motivate them to carry their beliefs into their work. Without their decision and subsequent contribution, our health service would be drastically short of much needed staff.
Hurrah, hurrah, there was no ominous knock at our door on the evening of 31 October. We were well-prepared, my wife had earlier in the day purchased a packet of Swizzels 'Trick or Sweets'. All to no avail. Now we are left with Kojak type lollipops! Perhaps very young, primary school, members of our family might be interested or perhaps we will keep them hidden. After all the packet states that they are best eaten before 31 March 2023!
‘I have found it’ (translation from Greek). Of course in people's minds this moment will vary, fill a gap and take differing forms and experiences. Part of the old St Paul's Cathedral in London collapsed in 1580; Why? History buffs take note! London experienced a great earthquake. Some, at the time thought it was divine displeasure. A song was composed titled ‘Awake, Awake, sweet England’. It has survived for over 400 years. It is still sung in 2021 to the tune- familiar to many- the carol ‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’.
Is it possible that Michelle Robinson is a name that brings a person to mind? She was born and brought up by her parents, with her brother Craig in the upper storey of great aunt Robbie's house in South Chicago and there she lived with her family throughout her childhood and adolescence. Initially, she shared a room with her brother, a partition alone separated the brother and sister. As they grew into teenagers they were given separate bedrooms. The schools she attended were local, within walking distance.
I wonder whether you have heard of the paper published in 1796 titled 'An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of Variolae Vaccinae.’ If so, you are likely to be a member of the medical profession or a scientist. It was written by a surgeon and scientist whose respect and affection for the natural world was founded on seeing it as creation based on his Christian faith
Firstly: are unusual ways of earning a living an outcome of the unusual circumstances we are experiencing? Or perhaps have they come to the surface as journalists cast their net wider for human stories?
Teachers, teachers leave those kids alone; Pink Floyd's lyrics do not accurately describe the situation as it is now. However, the kids, many kids are being left alone and at home with parents and grandparents who are thrust into the role. This role ever was the introduction of Universal Education by the post war Labour Government and has been passed to professionally trained teachers (the preparation was the work of R.A. Butler, a member of the national wartime government and the resulting1944 Education Act).