planetandsoul


‘A cynic: knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing’ Oscar Wilde Digital wonderland I sometimes like to play a mind-game with myself. I imagine meeting someone who is visiting from the London of, say, two hundred years ago. I love the mental challenge of explaining to them […]

When the numbers don’t add up


 “Learning to choose is hard. Learning to choose well is harder. And learning to choose well in a world of unlimited possibilities is harder still, perhaps too hard.” Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Too much of a good thing There has never in the history […]

The Burden of Choice


‘I can lie down anywhere in this universe bathed around by my own Father’s Spirit. The very universe has come to seem so homey.’ Frank Laubach ‘Make your home in me as I make mine in you’ John 15:4 Finding our way home  Home is a word like no other. […]

No place like home



  ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” Ecclesiastes Derek writes:  Winter blues Today the weather was bitter; an east wind was flinging wet flakes into my eyes as I cycled with my daughter to pre-school. Early snowdrops were cursing their optimism […]

The heart has its seasons


“I fear the day that our technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein Flicking flies I have never felt I’ve had a compulsive personality. I like to think, long and hard, before I leap. The happy privations of childhood have stood […]

Smart phones: smart folk


“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower  Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand  And Eternity in an hour” William Blake   ‘You have set eternity in the hearts of men…’ Ecclesiastes Derek writes: To infinity and beyond… Believe it […]

Tussles with Transcendence



‘Go out and walk. That is the glory of life’ Maira Kalman. “If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” Raymond I Myers   Derek Writes:   The glory of a walk For me, walking is less of a pastime […]

Walking back to happiness


Alison writes: Nearly a year ago some adventurous people decided to take up the Planet & Soul challenge and go for a year without buying any new clothes… So I thought we would catch up with them over the next few weeks and find out how it’s going!    First stop […]

No new clothes: One year on


Hygge (n): A Danish concept of a complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle soothing things such as good food and wine with your favourite people. A definition of Hygge (Pinterest) Derek writes: Of huddles and home Having young kids I sometimes […]

Living well: Hygge and the art of cosiness



“Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever’ Joel Osteen ‘Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace’. Pope Francis Alison writes: I often find that the reality of Christmas is so different […]

6 steps to a stress-free Christmas