Editor's Blog January 2016

By now you are probably reading SpotLight sitting in your favourite chair (or sofa or bed) having over indulged in food, wine, tv and relatives. The period in between Christmas and New Year is a time to take a breather before we launch ourselves into the New Year celebrations. The temptation to overindulge again is indeed strong and only the truly strong will succeed!! But help is at hand, surely? January is the season of fitness classes and weight loss programmes where we reorganise our bodies into something resembling our former self - Good luck and Have a great 2016!!

Editor's Blog August 2016

I was recently on the receiving end of a decision that I didn't agree with (I think you know the one I mean). Life can be full of disappointment when things don’t seem to go our way and how we respond to that says much more about us than which side of the argument we are on. The challenge I set myself is to keep the argument in perspective and try to remember that our relations with actual people is the important thing. CS Lewis said the following: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit...”

Editor's Blog July 2016

A BOAT beneath a sunny sky, Lingering onward dreamily In an evening of July - Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear - Long has paled that sunny sky: Echoes fade and memories die: Autumn frosts have slain July. Still she haunts me, phantomwise, Alice moving under skies Never seen by waking eyes. Children yet, the tale to hear, Eager eye and willing ear, Lovingly shall nestle near. In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die: Ever drifting down the stream -- Lingering in the golden dream - Life, what is it but a dream? A poem by Lewis Carrol

Editor's Blog June 2016

Last month, I tempted fate by suggesting that Summer might have arrived. Well - on the day I am writing this, temperatures in Kinloss have reached 27 degrees! Warmer than Barcelona I am told. I am sure that these temperatures will not hold but maybe - let us hope - it is a sign of a warmer than average Summer Season. A Poem (1st verse) by John Clare: Now swarthy Summer, by rude health embrowned, Precedence takes of rosy fingered Spring; And laughing Joy, with wild flowers prank’d, and crown’d, A wild and giddy thing, And Health robust, from every care unbound, Come on the zephyr’s wing, And cheer the toiling clown.

Editor's Blog May 2016

Without wishing to tempt fate, it does appear that Summer has indeed arrived. Flowers bloom, blossom buds, vegetables spring forth. New life abounds and, with it - new hope. We live in hope; that people will understand responsibility and not just rights; that people will express restraint and not just outrage; That people will choose to give others the benefit of the doubt rather than to jump to conclusions; that we will focus on wisdom and not just intelligence and that we will turn to joy rather than just happiness. And when we can’t find the strength to do these things let us have friends that encourage us to anyway.

Editor's Blog April 2016

April marks a real change in the seasons for me and to celebrate this here are a few pithy quotes about this month: “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” — Mark Twain “There are no days in the whole round year more delicious than those which often come to us in the latter half of April... The sun trembles in his own soft rays... The grass in the meadow seems all to have grown green since yesterday... though there is warmth enough for a sense of luxury, there is coolness enough for exertion.” — Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Editor's Blog March 2016

What do we do with our spare time? Do we get out enough and join in with things - get involved with local events and clubs? When we first started SpotLight it was intended to be used by people to find local groups and events to attend. You will find lists of clubs and societies at the front of the magazine - normally page 4 - and upcoming events in the central pages. Why not try something new as Spring approaches?

Editor's Blog February 2016

I was reminded recently about the value of life. Life is indeed precious and when we know someone who dies the reality of death can hit us hard. People say that death and taxes are the two things that we can rely on without fear of contradiction! We cannot understimate the pain and sadness associated with death but if it prompts us to live for the day and live life to the full then that is no bad thing. We should be joining that group or club that we have been thinking about. Let’s not delay - engage with our community and let’s go to that club/group!