Even a child can help save lives.

Matteus Guidon story

During the second world war, a seven year old boy helped dozens of Jews escape the Nazis. The Sunday Times newspaper reported that Matteus Guidon’s father, a pastor, would take his son out of school and get him to lead Jewish fugitives across the 9,400 ft Fuorcia pass to his grandfather’s house up in the … Continue reading Even a child can help save lives.

Effect of music on us – Why so big?

effect of music

Listening to music is an extremely popular activity. Whether we favour classical or rock music, jazz or popular bands and soloists, we spend good money buying CDs, attending concerts and downloading music files to listen to our favourite pieces and artists. But why is the effect of music so significant if it consists of a … Continue reading Effect of music on us – Why so big?

A happy coincidence?


My daughter is getting married in two days time so I couldn’t resist posting this piece about a lost wedding dress that I read about today in ‘The Week’ magazine. A bride-to-be in Tacoma, America was in tears when she phoned the police to report that her wedding dress had been stolen just hours before … Continue reading A happy coincidence?

Say to yourself something different.

say to yourself

We have private thoughts at the back of the mind all the time. Often these are unnoticed yet they have a profound affect on our feelings. Cognitive therapy shows that negative and fear-laden laden thoughts add to depression and anxiety. The trouble with this approach is that often our inner thoughts are so well hidden … Continue reading Say to yourself something different.

Share ideas – How to talk about beliefs.

share ideas

It might be tempting to keep quiet about what you really believe or hide behind a book that gives your view rather than talking about it yourself; especially if you are afraid if you share ideas they might be discarded or even trampled on. But don’t we each have some sort of responsibility for freely … Continue reading Share ideas – How to talk about beliefs.

A great effort

Isla Cecil

A little girl died aged 15 months last November from an aggressive form of cancer. You might think that would make Isla Cecil’s parents become negative and lose heart and energy. Not so Mikey and Anna who have since raised £500,000 for research into high-risk childhood tumours. They did it by organising fêtes, marathons, and … Continue reading A great effort

Build trust — How to help my organisation.

Build trust

Do you trust senior members of your organisation to get it right or to be a credible source of information? Do you trust the constant stream of commercial messages and political spin to which you are exposed.  What can be done to help to build trust? Benefits of trust within an organisation and community Organisational … Continue reading Build trust — How to help my organisation.

Can we learn from our kids?

English teenagers

English young people aged between 11 and 15 years of age are turning away from bad habits of their forebears. Dramatic data from the Office for National Statistics suggest that the smoking ban and other public health measures have been working. The percentage of this age group trying alcohol fell from 61% in 2003 to … Continue reading Can we learn from our kids?

Working mothers torn between home and work. What choice to make?

Working mothers

Many working mothers feel torn between staying at home to look after the children and going out to work to earn needed money. With the high cost of housing in the UK, being ‘a stay-at-home mum’ is often not an option. Yet such working mothers may feel guilty about not being around for their children … Continue reading Working mothers torn between home and work. What choice to make?