Try this…….

I have lived and worked in many countries, and this has enabled me to really get to know the people. I hope that my life experience has taught me some tolerance and understanding. I hope it has taught me to value the differences in people and cultures. Maybe, like me, you get frustrated when people replay stereotypes about how folks in a certain country are.… Click here to read on...

Stop it……….

I guess we can all change the way we think about any situation. Sometimes this can be very difficult when the challenge is significant. I like this sketch by the incredible American comedian, Bob Newhart, about this very subject.

As I deal with the health condition I have, I spend a lot of time thinking the right way and stopping the unhelpful thoughts.… Click here to read on...

Hope

Imagine how it must have felt like living in the UK in the Autumn of 1939. Britain and France had declared war on Nazi Germany on September 3rd. George VI, the king, concluded his Christmas Day message with these words, written by Minnie Louise Haskins:

The Gate of the Year

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year

‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’… Click here to read on...

Sharing economy

I was with a great guy yesterday. He has lived in the UK for years and comes from Gambia. We were discussing that people should share more of the things they have. He said that is what happens where he comes from; in fact it is completely normal. I have had a very nice amplifier sitting in the garage for about two years; it turns out he has speakers and needs an amplifier for the work he does.… Click here to read on...

Priorities for next year

1. Increasing access to water at schools and early childhood development centres; 2. Better nutrition and malaria control; 3. Construction of school and pre-school infrastructures, with installation of school meals canteens; 4. Sensitisation in favour of rejecting the practice of female genital mutilation. There are four or five others.

These are the priorities for next year for charity Plan for the Kita Kourou area of Mali.… Click here to read on...

Stuff

I love getting rid of stuff. It feels great. It’s fascinating to reflect on what we have in our space. People have white goods which are used a few hours a day, shelves of books which are looked at rarely or never, and boxes of toys sitting in attics. I wonder how your house (and mine) would look like if we gave away or shared the things we use infrequently or never.… Click here to read on...