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a suitcase of courage

life lessons, the hard way!

Digging deep into a suitcase of courage is my own gritty traverse of personal perseverance. These are my thoughts on a number of topics which may assist you on your journey.

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These Good Old Days

I love this song by Macklemore and Kesha. It evokes memories of people and places; those things bring tears to my eyes! Macklemore...


During a recent College interview, my youngest daughter, Ali, felt that her barriers to learning had caused her to be labelled as...


Being outdoors, wild and unruly, is my preferred place and space.

All my life - eyes up!

Preach it, teach it, run, it say it, pray it, live it - Life in all its fullness

Presence is powerful

Just pitch up! Many times in the mountains, we have found a less-than-perfect campsite near enough to water and flattish without too many...


Wordsworth says, "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity."...

Less wrong, more often!

I'm sorry; please forgive me: this is my go-to phrase. Five words which can save a relationship! Being less wrong more often is the goal...

to run

Get out there and be active

Gearing up for getting out #1.

Occasionally, I'll share some of my love of outdoor gear. There is so much awesome stuff to fill your backpack, it can be overwhelming. ...

Follow the compass not the coffers

My compass leads me to the wilder outdoor adventures,  I'm happiest when I work for a great cause with wild elements swirling around me....

Sails in the wind, swords to the sun

Time and gentleness are the two great gifts to give our children. Their security and a deep-rooted sense of belonging grounds our...

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