Today I am unbending myself again. Looking at the places where I have been bent into a shape that is not me. Looking back to check that I am not allowing myself to be bent into the wrong shapes by behaviours that are not driven by my values and core beliefs. The dictionary gives us … Continue reading Re Flection
Last year I began a side-line as a radio presenter for Teacher Hug Radio, a new internet radio station for teachers created by Paul *When the Adults Change* Dix. I loved doing my show and there is more information about it here: https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2021/08/07/the-i-factor-in-your-wellbeing/ This summer and after over a year on air, I made the … Continue reading Words of experience that we should all heed.
Thank you, summer For saving me From my self The French sun The opening of eyes And ears To see And hear The people who are dearest If not always nearest And the love Of them Of things forgotten Of time And Space To breathe And Be Rich words On pages In air pods From … Continue reading No going back
The coooooo-coo-coooooo-coo of collar doves The sun on the patio and mossy slightly singed lawn The garden that could compete with any at Kew Thanks to her skill and dedication. His whistling, singing, endless hybrid soundtrack Mozart? Beatles? Can’t quite tell and maybe neither would they. Crunching on the gravel of the driveway. Onto the … Continue reading Familiar things.
Secret stories. In recent years, I have met and been in contact with many, many professionals working in education and other fields who have had to stay publicly silent with stories that they want or feel the need to tell. There are many reasons that they have been unable to speak but most of the … Continue reading Secret Stories
Don’t talk. Listen. A cicada. The 8am angelus. The floating French voices on the breeze. Don’t move. Sit with. The stillness. Your heartbeat. The rays which start to defrost that well-layered mask. Don’t look. See. The blue sky. The green vines. The orange passion fruits. The people who are here and matter. Don’t think. Float. … Continue reading De frosting.
I used to love writing my blog and found it incredibly easy to put out two or three posts a month, writing about things that I was passionate about, such as inclusion, education and leadership. Blogging enabled me to connect with others and share my knowledge and experience. Without sounding arrogant, I can state that … Continue reading Time for some honest self reflection. (Oh no!)
Always the bridesmaid Never centre stage Never enough Until then That day Dates never stick Time blindness befuddles Except for that date The first of June Two thousand and two Two ducks with their eggs That day when I was first The bride Enough Complete Because of you And now for twenty years All the … Continue reading Jubilee anniversary
Today I felt like myself. In the song “Perfect Day”, Lou Reed sings: “Just a perfect dayYou made me forget myselfI thought I was someone elseSomeone good” But my issue, for many a month now, is that I haven’t been able to remember what being me is like. I haven’t wanted to forget myself but … Continue reading Perfect imperfect day
The ache of not having you was too much And although he said He already had I persuaded Him And then you To come into being And it was the most magical thing ever Ever ever ever ever And then Another persuasion Because one was not enough And so you, too, two Were persuaded And … Continue reading Mother’s Day reflections