being lucky is catching a falling star

Being Lucky is when Preparation meets Opportunity

Is being lucky just a matter of, well, luck. Or is it fate? Destiny? Providence? Thomas Jefferson is credited as saying ‘The harder I work, the luckier I get,’ but that’s far too simplistic. Men work hard hours in mines and women in paddy fields through long lifetimes without being lucky once. Likewise, in the […]

Covid germ flying through the air shows we are all in this together


It had started to rain as I closed the door and hurried off to get my first anti-covid shot. Scaffolding clung to the side of number 23 where two Polish painters braving the weather called to each other in opera accents. One waved and I waved back. An Amazon van pulled up and the young […]

The Good Samaritan helping a beaten man.

The Good Samaritan Ruined My Life

This is the story of the Good Samaritan. A foreigner travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho was set upon by thieves who beat him and stole his clothes. A Jewish priest and a Levite crossed the road and walked on without helping.   Then a fellow from Samaria came along. He helped the beaten man, took […]