In memory of Alasdair Knox

I’ve only just come across this post, which dates from September 2014. I didn’t share it at the time because I thought it might be insensitive, but I’m doing so now not so much because time has passed, but because it reminds me so acutely why it’s so important to honour those we love. Appropriately […]

Remembrance Day 101

Yesterday was the hundredth anniversary of the very first ceremony of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London, and while we have long since lost all direct connection to the Great War, we still need to take the time to stop and think about what we’ve learned, and failed to learn, from one of the most […]

Solace for a child that has not lived

Devika Bhat wrote an incredibly moving article in The Guardian a few days ago about dealing with the loss of her baby daughter in pregnancy. You can read it here. As she wrote, ‘I almost came unstuck when confronted with the task of choosing a reading: there is no established narrative around grieving for a […]

Lisa, Antonio and Sofia

I got this lovely message from Lisa and Antonio on Messenger yesterday evening. You remember them: Antonio managed to convince Lisa that he was Fernando Torres’ cousin! if you read their story, you’ll see that they were trying for a baby for a very long time, and it was only in August that they learned that Sofia was on her way. […]

Spiritual but not Religious

I meet a lot of people who describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. As organised religion continues to decline in the Western World, it’s becoming much more normal, but despite that I was surprised when my friend Onie told me that she was starting a new organisation called ‘Agnostic Scotland’.I have always believed agnosticism […]