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Only one more day to Barbados

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Only one more day before Barbados. I still have Cameroon under my skin, but seriously looking forward to some sun, sand and sea.

Alas it won’t be all lounging around, but writing in the sun is so much more appealing than propped up against my radiator – especially as it isn’t working at the moment – the result of a malfunctioning boiler.

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End of week message

15th November 2013

2013-10-09 14.09.00After a really challenging week I received the email below from a friend. It’s at times like this when I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be blessed with amazing friends. Thank you so very much Simon.

As it comes to the end of another day, as you kick back and recline on your sofa.  You ask yourself that question,’ Was I really 5000 miles away just the other day? Were you really changing lives, building schools, changing the world?

Then you hear the rain singing your name. Rain drops like small feet stomping a rhythm and your intuition knows the rain echoes the voices of the lives you’ve touched.   Staff, parents and children are singing your name right now and for a long time to come, it goes without question.  It’s amazing how dreams, praise and happiness travels great distances – listen can you hear them?

It’s a grey day Predencia but you put the sun in the sky for a lot or people.  I’m not even thinking of the ones that you saw, but the ones that will be there in the future…. generations.  Wow!!!  What a legacy.   How are you going to trump that then?  I’m also wondering how to emulate that.  I’ve done what you’ve done but I haven’t built a class room or a school.

It’s the end of a long day and I thought on the whim to send you an email that I hope would bring a smile to your face whatever the type of day you’ve had.

Keep smiling; it only gets better.

Simon


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The blocks are off – I’m writing again

Sunday 10th November 2013

Sunday morning football in Birmingham

Sunday morning football in Birmingham

I discovered today what the real cause of my writing block was. I have been trying to write something that would be academically acceptable but would be out of step with my own beliefs. After discussing it with my friend who commissioned the piece she said ‘write what feels right for you and we’ll see whether it can be adapted to suit our needs.’

You may be wondering what the ‘piece’ is. It’s a parenting course for Caribbean parents and I’ve been struggling to write anything prescriptive because I recognise and accept that parenting comes from one’s beliefs.

If you believe that children are born as empty vessels to be filled up by the adults around them, then there are many books that will tell you how to do that.

If on the other hand you believe, as I do, that children are born with everything they need to know already inside them, and that our job as adults is to help them draw the knowledge out, then you will parent in a very different way. And there are not so many books about that.

So, I’m going to write the course from this perspective. From the view that we all come with a purpose and choose the parents who are going to best help us fulfil that purpose.

I wonder if there will be many takers.

River Rae - Birmingham

River Rae – Birmingham

Maybe a walk in the beautiful autumn sunshine also helped to clear the blockage.


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Trying to get past writers block

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In the book Walking in This World Julia Cameron suggest that all artists including writers should do something every week that have nothing to do with their art.

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On Tuesday I went shopping for a new pair of sandals in Birmingham city center.

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There was a busking band playing Latin American music. As I danced on the other side of the road the band leader invited me to come and dance with the band.

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‘What the hell’ I thought as I dropped my bags danced to the lambada. He joined me and we provided a light moment for the many passers by. I think I also helped to increase their takings.

 


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Late for Lit Fuse

Friday 8th November 2013

Less time on the phone and I may have made it on time

Less time on the phone and I may have made it on time

I went to see my friend Roy McFarlane in a performance at the Midland Arts Centre (MAC) tonight. I was early for the 8 p.m. start I thought it was, only to be told as I picked up my ticket that the show started at 7.30. Why did I think it was 8??

It was an evening organised by Britain’s leading poetry company Apples and Snakes, and showcased four very different poets.

Watching them I had a yearning to be back on stage, a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. Maybe I’ve been too focused on writing and have neglected performing.

Less time on the phone and I may have made it on time


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Thinking out of the box

Thursday 7th November 2013

Bishop Joe Aldred

Bishop Joe Aldred

I went to a book launch tonight. Bishop Joe Aldred was celebrating yet another publication. One that encourages us to ‘think outside the box’.

It was a very well attended event. The energy was great, the presenters were respectful of time and there was much humour. Then there was the one about the dead donkey, the ashes in dumplings and the spider in the soup.

2013-11-07 02.22.49His daughter‘s wonderful voice filled the open space at the Drum and the food was delicious.

I met a friend from Cameroon whom I haven’t seen for a while. He was so taken with my trip there that he’s coming to see me at the weekend to hear more.

There’s something about being in the company of writers that makes me want to write.