Where Do Christmas Songs Begin?

Where Do Christmas Songs Begin?

Have you ever wondered why some of our best known and best loved Christmas songs are a little, well, melancholy? Surely during the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” the songs should be jolly and jingly?! Instead, we have the dulcet tones of George Michael singing...
The Pursuit of Happy

The Pursuit of Happy

It’s elusive, fought for and paid for, but what if we’re looking for the wrong thing? I’m talking about happiness. It’s seen as a right, an end goal; but the more I’ve thought about it, the more I wonder whether in pursuing happiness...
Easter Sunday – Hope Rises

Easter Sunday – Hope Rises

They were at the end of themselves. Their one hope had died. And their journey along the road to Emmaus was a grief-laden trip full of questions, doubt and pain. “We had hoped” are surely some of the saddest words in the cannon. That they had pinned their...
Good Friday – Hope Shattered

Good Friday – Hope Shattered

“Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.” WH Auden Good Friday is the day hope was shattered and...
Memory

Memory

Memory is a powerful thing. It can transport you back in an instant to the time when you were happiest and it can paralyse you with an all too familiar pain. Our mental health is often inextricably linked with our memory. We can mourn the loss of memory in illnesses...