Little Thoughts

When the Darkness Closes In

I'd been aware of it for a few years, but the reality of it only really hit last year. I knew it happened, but suddenly, I became very aware of the fact that as the evenings darkened in, so too did my general mood. I had remembered enough from previous years to have a sense… Continue reading When the Darkness Closes In

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Little Thoughts

Mighty Oaks

As we began our ascent up Donard (well, I say 'ascent'- the path we followed and the route we chose had us up and down inside an hour, but if you go up at all, it's definitely an ascent, right? πŸ˜‰), our eyes were drawn to the treasures of autumn that we saw collected at… Continue reading Mighty Oaks

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After Twenty Years

Reading the opening to O. Henry's 'After Twenty Years' fascinated me when I encountered it many years ago as a suggestion for a 'what happened next' creative writing exercise during teacher training. I remember using it some time later and enjoying the individual interpretations the children produced, many and varied in their outcomes, as the… Continue reading After Twenty Years

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Dragon Soap

'I want to use the dragon soap,' our youngest informed me. Now, we're all about encouraging our littlest lady to embrace hand washing after trips to the bathroom, but suggesting mythical beasts are living in the soap isn't a road we've gone down. So, despite being a bit confused, in the interests of getting out… Continue reading Dragon Soap