The White Witch

Summer 1979 WITH sunshine levels at least theoretically on the up, visiting season was once again upon us. What little joint social life my parents still had continued to revolve around dragging my brother and I to relatives, what few married friends they had, or to pubs. If they could visit friends and drink, thenContinue reading “The White Witch”

Truth or Dare :: 1

You unwittingly rescue a genie from an old bottle and s/he grants you one wish, or rather one magical power, to use as you see fit. What would it be and how would you use it? Truth or dare … You’ll just have to yodel standing on your head if you choose to decline …Continue reading “Truth or Dare :: 1”

Truth or Dare :: intro

I’m running out of ideas for my blog and social media, so over the next few weeks I’m going to experiment with a little Truth or Dare. The questions will be quite searching, maybe even a little dark on occasion. The idea is to have some fun but at the same time it has aContinue reading “Truth or Dare :: intro”

Deep Impact

Broadford, Spring 1979 MRS BAILEY was a saviour of sorts, though on first sight she hardly looked the part. Clearly retired, her tendency to overblink created an illusion of timorousness. Her enthusiasm as church organist was infectious, even if I found myself stiffening with every bum note. She must have been in Broadford months toContinue reading “Deep Impact”

All Ears

During the COVID pandemic it has become more important than ever to look after our mental health. This means having the right support network in place and someone to talk to when things get too much. When we are called to support someone in emotional distress, it can sometimes be as clear as mud whatContinue reading “All Ears”

Water’s Edge

3 November 1974 DINNERTIME. He should have been home by now. Sent out to look for for my little brother, I checked out his most likely haunts, asked around, until I found myself tiptoeing on the edge of the Old Pier thinking the worst. The tide was high, only a foot or so from theContinue reading “Water’s Edge”

Company of Me

MANY people are facing their demons for the first time. Those of us who have had a head start in this department can be thankful that to a degree, we were prepared for the solitude, anxiety and soul-searching that lockdown inevitably entails. I guess this is why so many fight tooth and nail for theContinue reading “Company of Me”