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Vow Renewals are so much more than words

Vow Renewals are so much more than words

When John and I got married, we chose a Registry Office to hold the ceremony. Well, I say 'chose' but to be honest, in 1987 it was pretty much our only choice. We came from different faiths and neither of us was practicing, so using a place of worship felt disingenuous and would have stirred [...]

Let’s Celebrate more often in the year ahead

Let’s Celebrate more often in the year ahead

I'm setting myself a challenge for 2018 and I'd love you to join me.  I'm going to find more to celebrate.  I'm going to go out of my way to share things I believe will encourage other people to celebrate the positives in their lives too.  And let me be clear, I'm not hiding my head in the sand or pretending that everything will get better for Planet Earth whilst I'm focussing on the positive.  I am not going to be silent, I am not going to sit back and let the world continue on it's self-destructive path without speaking and peacefully protesting in any way I can.  And I will do that in a positive way, celebrating my ability to express my opinions in a (relatively) free country. 

Let’s talk about death, darling

Let’s talk about death, darling

Talking about our inevitable death and our wishes after the event, is not usually included in recommended light conversation for date night.  Even amongst those who work in roles where you'd expect talking about dying to be something they're trained in, and despite us all knowing that we will, at some point, die, many of [...]

Planning a wedding to please everyone (and other ideas that will drive you to the edge)

Planning a wedding to please everyone (and other ideas that will drive you to the edge)

You know your mother has always dreamed of giving you the Big White Wedding, the one her parents couldn't afford for her.  You know your dad will be nervous but proud in equal measure and has been keeping his top-hat specifically for your big-day.  You've got to accommodate every diet from gluten-free to vegan, via [...]