105:  Everything IS OK!

Ever wish you had one of these??……

If you read the small print above, you’ll realise that………..

“Actually… everything is ALWAYS ok.. it’s just that it often doesn’t fit with what we WANT to happen, or with what we want NOT to happen..    True??

As Anthony De Mello used to say: 

“The world’s in a mess, but all is well!”



104:  FOR JOHN ROLLS.(1973-1991)

Today’s blog entry is a tribute to John…… son of Sandra and Andrew, and brother of Alan and Michelle, who was released from his mortal suffering in March 1991, aged just 18 years….

Please listen to, and enjoy, the lovely original tune by Rolf Løvland(Secret Garden), which inspired the Song, “You Raise Me Up“, which I would like to share with you as a tribute to the very special, albeit short, life of our son, John…. a life which resonates more and more with each year that passes, and raises me up above my own trials and tribulations that would surely otherwise get me down. 

Heck… if John could rise above what he had to suffer, then in his honour, those of us who live on, in this physical realm, should soar above our own suffering!

The original tune was called, “Hymn to Hope“, and this couldn’t be a more appropriate testament to what John’s short life continues to do for me. 
The Westlife version is at the end of this tribute. Please listen to it when you have read the rest of my tribute, to be reminded of the lyrics. 

Tap/click this link for: “Hymn to Hope”👇


John may have been physically paralysed, and suffered physical and emotional pain, but I know that I speak for our whole family and all his friends, that he continues to have the incredible ability to lift us all up in every respect. 

We may have lifted him up and carried him physically, as we saw to his daily physical needs, but for myself, I can truly say that over the 26 years since he was released from his earthly suffering, and during which time I have had some difficult experiences, both emotional and physical; John has ‘raised me up’ to more than I could ever possibly have been without what he imparted to me during his brief but mighty special lifetime… and continues to do. 

“Yes, my son… YOU have carried ME, you have given me the resilience, courage, humour and love, that I would never have possessed in such measure as I now do, had it not been for your short but special life that we were all privileged to share. 

With your dogged determination and wicked sense of fun, you laughed in the face of difficulties that would have floored the strongest of us!

I still say to you, John, “You Raise Me Up…” , because, as the years move on, and I understand more; your miraculous example only gets stronger and stronger for me. 

Still, and forever, my hero and my inspiration….

Thanks, mate…. I love you. 

Dad xxx. ”

Tap/click this link for Westlife: “You Raise Me Up”……… 👇


102:  Does It Matter What Others Think of You?

I just answered a question on the “Quora” site, and thought I’d share it(my answer) with you. The particular question isn’t vital to the sense of the answer I gave, which was….
“Do NOT spend your precious life worrying about the opinions/reactions of others, or being desperate for their approval. 

If you live with love, compassion, kindness, sympathy and empathy towards others.. then, if they disapprove or react badly… that is THEIR problem, NOT yours. 

Be the REAL ‘you’… not the person who you feel others wish you to be!!


In my opinion, the answer to the question in the title, is, “NO”….. whether folks  think bad things of you OR good things… because their reactions are all about where THEY are ‘coming from’, and are irrelevant to your own position! 🖐😊


99: STILL Open All Hours!

Hi everyone. This is just a brief addition to my “Free Food For Thought” site, to explain the lack of recent additions to either this site or to my “HomeSpun” music site….
Healthwise, I’m unfortunately going through a rough patch at the moment. But… I’m hoping that I’ll be making regular additions to both sites again, very soon. 
Maybe my temporary slow progress will give you a chance to ‘catch-up’ on either or both of my sites. 😊
In the meantime, the sites are, “Still Open All Hours”, and here’s a small HomeSpun offering (done using just a bass guitar and effects pedal) to prove it!

😄. I created this version when it was the theme music to “Open All Hours” with Ronnie Barker, prior to the current(still as good, in my view) “Still Open All Hours” with David Jason…. still as droll, as nostalgically relaxing, and.. as funny as the original series’. 😆👍. 

N.B…. If you don’t normally use ‘Dropbox‘, just take out a (totally free) subscription via either the desktop site or the App… which will give you free access to the the ‘Document‘ and/or ‘MP4′ music files that I keep in my Dropbox libraries.       I pay the dues… not you!.. Ok?😄👍

Or… just click on ▶️ on this mini-player… 👇(best via headset or amped speakers)

I hope you enjoy this version(please let me know if the link doesn’t work for you)….