Change of Direction…

Over the years, since I took early retirement when my beloved daughter Jay was very ill and in a life-threatening condition, I’ve spent much time writing… Teaching in early primary years, age 5 – 7, in a rural area, I often used to read stories to fit in with various class projects e.g. Farming, Fishing, Winter, The Seaside, Animals – and when I couldn’t find appropriate stories to…

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Where does time go?

Where does time go? A question I’ve asked so many times over my lifetime as I’ve struggled to fit in everything I’ve got to/would like to do, … paid work, plus preparations for work and meetings; studying; voluntary activities e.g. for charity; shopping, preparing/cooking meals; remembering birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates; writing and sending important letters and cards; time for visiting friends and relations……

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Carers Conference in London

Tomorrow I’m heading south to attend the 2017 National Carers Conference in Eating Disorders on Friday 23rd June – I’m looking forward to meeting up with home carers, possibly even some whom I met when my dear Jay was so ill, as well as with Professor Janet Treasure and other professionals who have encouraged me in recent years to write non-fiction books for carers both…

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Christmas Morning

‘Angels from the realms of glory..’ Crackle of morning kitchen, smell of burnt toast, spoon chink. “Hurry up Dad, hurry, you’re so slow!” Clatter of plates, cold sink, smooth Christmas linen, wood scrape on lino. “Hurry, Dad, hurry up, come on!” ‘ Not in that poor lowly stable…’ Through the glass-stained hall we tread. Elastic minutes roll and bounce and spring. Slow handle turns, deliberate….

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Changes, changes – and plans

Great to look at the major change and new layout on my website – many thanks to George Baird for all his help and encouragement! And now for the challenge of getting used to all the changes in layout ….learning how to add new items as well as edit and update relevant items from my original site.  Although my interests remain the same – How…

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Exciting news – Routledge Featured Authors

Throughout my many years in teaching I enjoyed writing short stories and plays about all sorts of topics which came up in the classroom – and dreamed of having more time to write stories, plays, possibly even a novel. Then my beloved daughter Jay was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, binge/purge type, yet when our GP told her she needed hospital treatment she refused pointblank. Despite…

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Practical workshops and presentations

Amazing how experience in one area of life can prove useful in a completely different situation… Following much experience working with children 5 – 12 years from a rich variety of backgrounds, through very tough times as well as the easier ones, as a primary teacher and later as Head Teacher at Fyvie Primary and Nursery School, I was then trained by Grampian Region to…

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