I read a few lines in Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird (a truly lovely read) that I wanted to share with you. An eight-year-old boy had a younger sister who was dying of leukaemia, and he was told that without a blood transfusion she would die. His parents explained to him that his

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  I’ve been thinking about gratitude a lot lately. The active kind. When I sit with my eldest daughter at bedtime we always say what we felt was good about the day that passed (The Top Three, she now calls it). I never grow tired of hearing what she thinks is valuable and important about

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  I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. Sleep to me has always been a fleeting phenomenon, and it never takes much for it to vanish completely and leave me awake, even at times I think I should sleep. Whether or not I pay attention to

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  I have a bunch of drafts on my desktop right now – blog posts, stories, books, workshop plans, poster scetches and so on – and another hundred or so in a Dropbox folder. Ideas come easily to me, infinitetly faster than I can act upon them. That’s always the case, but right now almost

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