May Reflection

Like a little candle— In his resignation speech last month, SNP leader Houmza Yousaf uttered a statement that I have not heard from any public leader for a long time. “I am not willing to trade my values and principles, or do deals with whomever, simply for retaining...

April Reflection

Surprised by hope My wife and I have always been great fans of crime fiction. We love watching TV dramas like “Midsomer Murders” or “Inspector Morse” and we have great fun playing amateur detective (Rule 1. It is nearly always the least suspect who actually did it and...

March Reflection

What if— What if is a question that usually pops up at some time in our lives. What if I had taken that job?  What if I’d married that woman and not missed my chance? What if I had spoken up at that meeting and not kept quiet?  Or if you are a bit of a history buff...

February Reflection

What’s love got to do with it? I read recently that February has long been regarded as a romantic month.  Personally I find it hard to see why. Like January, it’s dank, cold and wet. Everything still looks bare. It’s another winter month to be endured.  Yet in the...

January Reflection

What now? It’s finally over. The tree’s packed away for another year. The chocolates are eaten (at least in my house). The presents are put away or in some cases sold via E-Bay as soon as granny is safely back home.  Now we have a new year to face and what does it...

December Reflection

What use is Santa? What a question! He’s the man who makes it all possible with his sleigh and his reindeer and his bag full of goodies. He’s the face that beams out of Christmas cards and wrapping paper. He’s the centrepiece of children’s parties. He fills the hearts...