Sun and wind this morning for cycle ride and walk on Blackford Hill. Home, good tired feel, came across this poem and realize – again – sometimes other people have already said what I want to say, so beautifully. KINDNESS by Naomi Shihab Nye Before you know what kindness really isyou must lose things,feel the future … More Kindness

Winter Wonders

We are all a bit stir-crazy and uncertain of ourselves as the pandemic times and their restrictions continue. Every Friday I am rescued and restored for another week by Grassmarket Community Creative Writing Group. You know who you are. Thank you. We have of now been meeting on Zoom for nearly a year. So we … More Winter Wonders

I would have never…

I belong to the Grassmarket Community Project, a gem of a place in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, also a gem of a project. I didn’t join for the architecture, but for the attitude of a community where everyone, anyone, can feel positive about themselves, valued and connected to others. I started my membership … More I would have never…

Crazy as a Coot

Why are coots called crazy? On Block island our birdwalking group was called the “Crazy as a Coot” birdwalkers. There I learned how to look, even if I didn’t know which bird I was looking at. Now I look out the Edinburgh window. During lockdown, I had a brainstorm that said the work-table should not … More Crazy as a Coot

Small things

In a particular mood, after my early walk this morning, I hunted through the poetry books and from one, Patrick Kavanagh, a photo fell to the floor. My father, my son Neill, and niece Claire in Donegal. Claire now has children older than she was then. It is from 1987, a different time. Everyone has … More Small things