Pause for self-examination

MOST folk I meet readily concede that the “Ten Commandments” are among the most valuable of influences on our culture and attitudes to others.  Yet as I consider...

Pause for Peace

EARLY in his book ‘The God Delusion,’ Richard Dawkins asserts that religion is the cause of most wars; a claim supported volubly by fellow Humanists the World...

Pause to examine our doubts

IN case you hadn’t realised, we’re actually still within the season of Easter, which, for many, I appreciate can be one of the less credible of the...

Pause to prepare

Life’s been a bit interesting these past couple of weeks! Concerned at our increasing age, our daughters, knowing the remoteness of our Spanish home, have been encouraging...

Pause to confront our doubts

‘Seeing,’ they say, ‘is believing,’ yet how often do we also hear ‘I really couldn’t believe my eyes,’ indicating that at times, even seeing can leave us...

Pause for thought in Lent

WE do of course all like to be popular and therefore many of us are sometimes tempted to pull off some sort of stunt to grab attention....

Pause for Lent

NOT having been brought up in a family that followed the religious calendar, I always thought Lent had something to do with borrowing and was quite puzzled...

Pause for Pancakes

PANCAKE DAY!! How many of us, I wonder, remember having fun as children each year on Pancake Day, tossing pancakes, having pancake races or just enjoying eating...

Pause for thought in stormy weather

OUR television screens have lately been filled with pictures of the impact of storms back home in Britain, with trees uprooted, power lines cut and widespread damage...

Pause for thought at Christmas

CHRISTMAS already! Hardly seems possible, yet here we are in last minute preparation, checking everything’s ready for a bumper celebration. But what, I often wonder, are we actually...

Rising above the wreckage

144 years ago a major disaster occurred mid Atlantic, when the Ville du Havre en route from New York to Britain collided with another ship and sank...

Advent Pause for Thought

“Anything that can go wrong, probably will go wrong at the worst possible moment.”  And the truth of “Murphy’s Law”, to use its polite name, has certainly...

What do the Spanish make of our Poppy Day?

HOW rapidly time passes as we grow older!  Why Easter seems like only yesterday, and yet October has now passed and Poppy Day already upon us! I...

Recharging the batteries

FRIENDS often find it strange that despite being retired and living in so beautiful a location, we still feel the need to take a holiday each year....

Let’s show true gratitude

WELL the Sol Times certainly aired the key harvest issues of generosity and gratitude earlier this month! As I turned from reading my item about gratitude to the...

Simple expressions that cost nothing

HOW many these days, I wonder, are taught to mind their “Ps” and “Qs”? And how many of us actually remember what that means?  Regularly drummed into me...

Truth and common sense

ONE of the recent forms of ‘cool’ idealism, I am told, is known as Post Modernism, which develops the concepts of political correctness to even stranger and more...

Rebuilding relationships

ONE of the problems of remote living is the need for a preparedness to tackle all manner of practical issues. So, this past week saw the failure...
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