Mindful Crosswords (8)

Let me help you out with this, please, because if you are here seeking mindfulness it is best that we get this puzzle out of the way. The word we are looking for is: oxymoron/ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrɒn/ nounnoun: oxymoron; plural noun: oxymoronsa figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction I was gifted a […]

Thoughts tonight

“I need a meeting”; not an unusual thought to run through my head – but it’s rare these days that I have the strong sense of needing a meeting like I did tonight. Tonight I felt I was at one of those junctions in the road with clear and distinct choices. Don’t get me wrong, […]

Mullowing is Banned

I’ve created a new word to describe one of my major character defects: I want to be clear from the outset that this is not some harmless, slightly quirky habit. When I do this (and it is me that makes it happen), I take everyone down with me. I place aside all the things I […]

A Beagle and a Pair of Doc Martens

Dedicated to @ChrisBzChris The parallels between them were clear; both initially caused a lot of pain and took a long time to get used to, and both were worth every minute of it. They also enjoyed going for walks together; whenever those scuffed blue boots appeared Lilly knew it was time for an adventure. You […]

The Overlooked Beauty of the Mundane

Dedicated to @stevegetssober I rest my chin on your freshly-cleaned frame,The gentlest breeze brushingMy wide-eyed gaze. You’re so close to me. For a moment(An intimate moment)I am dazzled.How your light burnsAnd penetrates my soul. You’re so near. I close my eyesAnd I see what you sawin meThe impression etched deepRemaining. We’re next to each other. […]

Body Hair

Dedicated to @MrsHamster1 It was still early. You could tell by the way the penetrating sunlight fell on the bedroom wall, the shadow of the bellowing net curtain dancing to a silent tune and heralding a new dawn. I had that usual momentary groan as I contemplated another day where my world ended at the […]


Dedicated to @Robert58585858 It was a Sunday ritual as sacred and important to me as the one I had attended that morning at the local church. Where the smells of incense and candles were replaced with those of sawdust and motor oil, and where the hymnals and sacred books were the Haynes Automotive series and […]


It’s a simple enough activity to do with children, a bit of Christmas baking. This time my little boy wanted to make “Gingerbread mens” and gave enough forewarning of this desire for me to get myself nice and worked up at the prospect of baking with the children. Now, I should point out that I […]