Making Peace With God

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips God moves in mysterious ways, they say (or if you’re a Simon Drew fan, it’s cod). My friend Jane, in her more cynical moments, puts it another way, saying: “How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” If you’re a believer…

Who Rescued Who?

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips One of the things I’ve always loved about writing is that it brings me into contact with some really wonderful people. I met a woman today who has written a novel based on her life story. In 2003, her sister, a long-term addict…

In The Flow

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips Today winter cloaked herself in hoar frost, sparkling in the soft golden light of an early morning sun which cast sharp black shadows on the frozen ground. It was the perfect morning for a walk and, rather than dash straight into the office…

Media Fast

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips A few years ago I gave up watching the news and embarked on a so-called media fast. It’s not that I have no interest in world events, far from it, but I find the melodramatic presentation of news stories, the gratuitous picking over…

The Sharp Art of the Broken

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips “Take your broken heart and turn it into art” was the advice given to Meryl Streep by her friend Carrie Fisher. Listening to Meryl’s impassioned acceptance speech at the Golden Globes this week got me thinking about art and wondering whether the shards…

We Are Water

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips When I was at school, physics was taught by an uninspiring little man with dandruff in his beard and corduroy patches on the elbows of his jacket. I can’t remember a single thing that we did with those bloody Bunsen burners, all I…

Seeing with Our Mind

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips Do we see with our minds or do we see with our eyes? We think it is our eyes but here’s a weird thing. When Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas, the Native Americans were unable to see his clipper ships as they…

Not Quiteness

blog #dresstoexpress Sign up here for a weekly blog summary and style tips There is a great poem by Les Barker called The Last But One of the Mohicans. The narrator of the poem wails: “I’m the last but one of the Mohicans It’s not going to count for a lot I could have been famous…