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The same sex parent debate is not about parenting but about missing parents

  ‘Talk to any child with gay parents, especially those old enough to reflect on their experiences. If you ask a child raised by a lesbian couple if they love their two moms, you’ll probably get a resounding “yes!” Ask about their father, and you […]

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Discovering silence and solitude

It is surprisingly difficult for us to handle silence. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) the brilliant French mathematician and philosopher famously wrote, “All the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, they cannot stay quietly in their own room.” I find that amazingly profound. It is even more true […]

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Let’s invest more in relationships

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The Mental Health Foundation are focusing this year on the need for relationships to help improve mental health. They tell us that we urgently need a greater focus on the quality of our relationships, to prevent and help […]

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How to grow in resilience // podcast

‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger’, so said the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It’s a great quote, but I have to say that it is not necessarily automatic! As I have got older I have found my need for resilience has grown […]

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A great video on depression and an insight from one of the world’s greatest preachers who suffered from it

‘The Black Dog’ was Winston Churchill’s famous name for depressed mood. I was sent today a link to a YouTube video on depression which I had not previously seen, but which deserves much wider viewing. ‘I had a black dog, his name was depression’ is […]