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Tricia Neal – Alpha Woman

We wanted to share three dangerous women stories from our archives to coincide with our Call to Courage vlog series.  I’d never read this one about Tricia Neal from 2013.  I chose it because I’m always blown away by Alpha’s influence. Tricia came to the team in its infancy and provided the management skills to …

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Take up your cross… like Jesus

  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matt 16:24 We read in Matthew Chapter 16:16 Jesus asks His disciples “Who do you say I am?” And Simon Peter answers, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.”  After …

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Having Covid

I tested positive. Having spent most of the year 2020 avoiding this virus, washing my hands, being socially distant and always wearing a mask it was a shock and a huge disappointment to get the call from the testing centre to say I had turned in a positive covid swab. We had been so careful, …

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Going round in circles

One of my WhatsApp chats this week: ‘Do you feel like you’re going round and round in circles?’ ‘It’s as if I’m permanently forgetting something.’ Can you relate? Half of the adult population is on the front line, fighting the virus, half at home, going round and round in circles. All of us could have added …

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A Timely Reminder

The other day, I planted some daffodils (slightly late I know). I was in the shed and found them in a box. I’d bought them in the summer with the full intention of planting them in the garden… but I forgot.  The bag of daffodil bulbs was mangled, messy, and damp but they had started to …

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Christmas Video Series

I hope you’ve managed to catch some of our Christmas Island Discs mini videos. There are ten episodes, each one linked to, or followed by, a couple of Christmas songs. Then we’ve got a Zoom party to round it all off on Tuesday 22nd Dec.  Not to worry if you’ve missed any, you can find …

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We are Nurturers

With boy-girl-boy ranging from 8 to 13, it is hard to find something my kids want to watch together. I tear my hair out over how entitled this is, but the world is now awash with too many choices, and this has bred picky kids. I could fight this entitlement more determinedly but, quite frankly, …

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Lockdown #2… Uh oh!

I don’t know about you but lockdown #2 is not my idea of fun. I have a 5-month-old baby boy who is undeniably adorable and after lockdown #1, which was when he entered the world, I wasn’t expecting another one. In response to my negativity and sadness about lockdown #2, I found myself growing angrier …

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That survival bag

I’ve just finished watching the current Channel 4 series, Married at First Sight. The couples are expertly matched but don’t meet until their wedding day. I’m fascinated by the relationships that we get to see develop. There are upsets, insecurities, opportunities to bond, and moments of bewilderment. There is a lot of second-guessing. However, what …

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This October, Hope is:

This October, Hope is… 1) Buying wedge sandals for £5 in the sales They’re no use now, but they symbolise my hope for Summer 2021: fewer stomping walks around the local park; more ‘standing around’ events where sensible footwear is not required!  At first, I felt sad to see rows and rows of strappy sandals …

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