When did we stop asking questions?

‘What the hair oil?’ - My mother exclaimed this bizarre phrase whenever she was perplexed. Whatever it meant, it came from trying to fathom something outwith her experience. It expressed wonder.   Children have a wonderful dimension of wonder. Listen to teenagers and their ideas for world rank from the zany to the deeply sensible, sometimes [...]

Broken

Broken healer   In the series ‘Broken’, Father Michael returns home, tired after a demanding day. A woman has left a phone message. Her disturbed son Vernon needs to talk to him.  Michael decides to leave it until tomorrow and goes to bed. Later Vernon is killed in an incident with the police. Michael is [...]

Woman on a deck chair

The woman sat on the deck chair looking out to sea. Way out, she saw a ship and imagined it going to the tropics; to the warmth that she had never felt. Now  life had been good to her in a material sense at least. In personal relations she had been less fortunate. In truth, [...]