Happy new beginnings

Dear Claire, I hope you had a lovely festive season and that 2018 is off to a good start. We had a very pretty white Christmas here, but it was so cold that some days it literally took your breath away. We still have snow on the ground, with probably more to come. So I…

Kids and kindness

Dear Claire.   Happy summer! I  think this is the week when the children break up from school in the UK, though they've been out here for a few weeks already. Which means we're at that moment when, after those first heady days of the holidays, comes a question that I'm sure you'll recall: 'What…

Charity Miles

Dear Claire, Thanks so much for sharing the recipe for your bake sale brownies. The challenge in my household will be making sure enough of them actually make it to the bake sale! And then of course comes the other challenge of working off the calories! I've come across a solution, though, in the form of…

Souper Bowl

Dear Claire, What a wonderful volunteer opportunity in Dementia Friends, and one dear to your heart, I know. I love all the different ways you can choose to participate. I checked to see whether there's an initiative over here - and there is. Take a look at Dementia Friends USA. They are literally just beginning to put state licenses…

Small things

Dear Claire, I so clearly remember the moment we first met in the Pembroke Porter’s Lodge; and eight months or so later, when I first arrived at College and you knocked on my door with the words, ‘Remember me?’ You invited me to your room for tea and homemade Welsh cakes. I could not have…