Poems and Thoughts

To My Father – by Georgia Harkness

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This poem was written by Georgia Harkness 1891-1974, who has been described as one of the first significant American female theologians.

As a nature lover myself I love the symbolism of this poem and the picture that it paints in my mind.

A giant pine, magnificent and old
Stood staunch against the sky and all around
Shed beauty, grace and power.
Within its fold birds safely reared their young.
The velvet ground beneath was gentle,
and the cooling shade gave cheer to passers by.
Its towering arms a landmark stood, erect and unafraid,
As if to say, “Fear naught from life’s alarms”.

It fell one day.
Where it had dauntless stood was loneliness and void.
But men who passed paid tribute – and said,
“To know this life was good,
It left it’s mark on me. Its work stands fast”.
And so it lives. Such life no bonds can hold –
This giant pine, magnificent and old.


Millie’s Trust Awareness Month

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This is a wonderful charity which is helping to save lives every day.

Millie’s Trust was established following the loss of their daughter Millie in a choking incident at nursery in October 2012. It aims to offer access to First Aid Training at  minimal cost to everyone who would like it in as many places as possible.

They offer first aid training courses to Organisations, Families, and also to children age 8 to 16 years of age.  I have seen a number of items in the news recently about children as young as 5 or 6 preventing their younger sibling from choking, which is absolutely amazing.  It proves that young children can learn simple techniques which can save lives.

Millie’s Mark is an accreditation that will be awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond the minimum requirements of just one person trained in First Aid being on duty in Nurseries, by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid, and also ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept alive and in the forefront of practioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable.


Millie’s Trust is a Registered Charity
England and Wales: 1151410


Poems and Thoughts

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

This is another favourite poem of mine written by Mary Elizabeth Frye in 1932, which has been translated into Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and other languages

She wrote it to comfort a family friend who had just lost her mother and was unable to even visit her grave.


Business Cards

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I needed business cards for my new business. So I designed my new card and then I realised that I would need a Web Address to put on my card. Hmmm!

Backtracking a little I started to look at how to create my own WebPage/Blog and after chatting with someone who has set up numerous Web Pages I decided to follow advice and use WordPress. So here I am folks!!

For a beginner like me it has involved a lot of hair-pulling and face-pulling and my dog is feeling very neglected as I am spending hours on my laptop trying to figure out how to do this – it is supposed to be very easy! I guess I am a bit slower than the average person then.

Well having started on this Blog, and 2 days later I now have the information that I need to get my business cards printed so that is all to the good. I have triple-checked the info and I am now going to order my cards. Wish me luck!!



The Journey Begins

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This is the start of my journey as a Funeral Celebrant. I am apprehensive but excited to get started following my training course with the award winning Celebrant, Terri Shanks. She is a fantastic trainer with 15 years experience in this field and has won numerous industry awards. To follow in her footsteps is a big challenge.

My first challenge is setting up this website/blog so please excuse me as I have already made mistakes as I teach myself how this works. The site will improve as I get to grips with it so stick with me on my journey……….

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton