Christmas cheer — or not

December 18th, 2014 in Christmas cheer -- or not

How did you become homeless?

I asked a young man on the streets of Hastings when and how he became homeless.  He told me he had returned from some time in France, and discovered that though British, he was not eligible for any help for three months.  He only had enough money to last one month, and then couldn’t pay […] Read more »

December 17th, 2014 in Christmas cheer -- or not, Living thoughts

The Chanukah Season

When I told the late Sue Townsend that she must be Jewish, since her mother and mother’s mother were Jewish, which is the clincher by Jewish law, she was pleased. “I always wanted to be part of a discriminated against minority.” She never wanted to be the insider; I think she knew her job was […] Read more »

December 10th, 2014 in Christmas cheer -- or not, Joy of burnout

Christmas Burnout? Stop, Give up Hope and Keep the Faith

Why do so many people sound burnt out in the run-up to Christmas? A friend last night sat staring at her pile of 200 cards, that had cost her a fortune she didn’t really have in printing and postage, and nearly had a breakdown thinking about writing in them and addressing the envelopes. But her […] Read more »