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Posts by jackie.turner

Celebrating Mums- What Makes Us Smile on Mother’s Day?

Although the modern Mother’s Day was invented and trademarked in the early 20th century in the USA, celebrations of mothers and motherhood throughout the world have their roots in ancient festivals held to celebrate goddesses, fertility and the changing seasons. In ancient times, the celebration of motherhood focused on religion and the supernatural. Mother goddess…

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Vive la Romance!

Christmas brings out the bah humbugs in some people. Valentine’s Day can get a similar response, with people saying: “It’s a waste of time!”, “I ignore it because it’s so commercialised” or “The only people who like Valentine’s Day are the florists and the card manufacturers and sellers.” But are they reasons to avoid Valentine’s,…

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A new kind of Christmas

And so Christmas approaches again and it’s almost a year since my dad died. It will be a strange time, with a mixture of sadness, being without my dad, and happiness at potentially having more freedom to be with Sara, as I’m now a former carer. Anyway, this can be a very interesting time when…

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Jangle bells?

This December, several thousand families across Scotland will be facing their first Christmas separated or divorced. It is hard for even the most relaxed family to get through to Boxing Day without some crisis, tantrum or disaster, but when there is the added pressure of a family living apart because of separation or divorce, the…

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Bloghoppers

Well that’s the summer done and what a contrast of weather and worlds! Sara and I seemed to arrive at a plateau of sorts, which was comfortable, insofar as we found a ‘place’ more quickly than we normally do. Anyway, I guess the thing is that you try and create or maintain a bubble that…

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Balancing

There are so many different ways of looking at our situation, and, if you’re not careful, you can get lost in it all. When there is too much of something, it can be difficult to keep things under control. But, with a little time and patience, it is possible. Sara and I are now entering…

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What three things make you most happy?

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. – Joseph Addison What three things make you most happy? Were you able to answer that easily? I was at a lovely wedding party last week with a group of work colleagues. A great wee band called Hitched played such a variety…

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Looking after number 1

In recent months I’ve discovered what happens when you don’t invest in one key relationship in your life. I’ve continued to plough all my energies and efforts into the many relationships with friends, family and colleagues that I am very fortunate to have, but I forgot about one important person; one relationship that when left…

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It wasn’t me!

It is with some degree of irony that I sit here writing this post about sibling rivalry when I can hear my three-year-old loudly screaming “Cockadoodledoo!” in his sister’s face while she tries to read her newest Sparkle magazine. I am trying very hard not to intervene, however, having recently versed myself in top tips…

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What makes us who we are

It has been a long few months, but thankfully things are starting to calm down and there is more time to think about life and how to make the most of it. My relationship with Sara has moved forward after our troubled times and it’s good to know that however hard things seem, love and…

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