Tag Archives: Family

My Daughter

I write this with my newborn daughter in my arms: our second child. Overwhelmingly grateful to the skilled hands and kind hearts of those that delivered her to us. Everything is both simpler and more complex at the same time: … Continue reading

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The blog will be on paternity leave for the next seven weeks. It’s time to focus on our growing family for a while. This year i have used this space to break apart ideas, and explore new aspects of the … Continue reading

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My Father

My father died yesterday. A peaceful end to a long and eventful journey. I am overwhelmingly sad, tempered by a gratitude for what he gave us, and how we were able to be together at the end. Writing about it … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Balance

It’s a mistake to think that balance is the end point: it’s not. It’s the familiar yet fleeting landmark we pass through periodically whilst weathering the tides of change. To think we are aiming for balance is to invite disappointment … Continue reading

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Dad knows best: informal learning across the generations

I’m heading to London on the 08.59 train. I like this one, it misses the commuter rush but still gets you there fast. It’s usually half empty, so finding a set and table to write at is easy too. Today, … Continue reading

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What are you proud of? Understanding how pride and motivation relate to learning and achievement.

My bike is sat in my hallway, gleaming and smelling faintly of oil. Just like new. Only it’s not new, it’s ten years old, it’s just had the service of it’s life. Dave, who carried out the service in his … Continue reading

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The shape of community. How bonds of time, family and place form.

St Ives is a small fishing port at the very south west tip of England. It’s typical of many very popular and expensive tourist destinations down here in that the winding streets and sheltered harbour were built in poverty and … Continue reading

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