All posts for the month January, 2015

Walking a Spiritual Path in the Garden…

Published January 24, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

The Well in the Garden

I find myself wondering about my spirituality today.  I wonder about my spiritual life now and how I would have been spiritually had I had a different upbringing.  When I was about 5 years old I became suddenly aware of God in my life.  We didn’t go to church.  My mother is from a very unconventional Jewish upbringing in a Jewish Children’s home but has never pushed any religion onto my sisters and I.  She always wanted us to make up our own minds about whether we believe in God or not.  My father comes from a Church of England family but I have never heard a word about faith from his lips.

I went to a church playgroup of sorts – a Sunday school that was held in someone’s house on the Council estate we lived on at the time.  I don’t know why my parents sent me there…

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Parent Power Blog – Tales from the Nanny Diaries – Attention leads to Retention

Published January 10, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Rainbow Rune Reading Room


This isn’t quite a Nannying story, but is from the time I was a classroom assistant in a Special Needs base in a junior school.  One of the Mum’s of the children in my group recommended me to a friend as a possible tutor for her daughter, who was struggling with her reading and writing.  I wasn’t sure about whether I was the right person for this job because I wasn’t a teacher, but the mother practically begged me, saying she had heard such good things about me and how much I had encouraged other children.  So of course, blushing and feeling very flattered I agreed.

The little girl began to come to my house every Saturday morning and for 2 hours I sat with her and encouraged her with her reading and worked around her school spellings.  I bought English workbooks from W.H. Smiths and we worked through them…

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RainSong in Laura’s Garden – a poem by dr todd harris

Published January 4, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

A beautiful little offering to my well in the garden by Dr Todd Harris @BlueBirdsPoetry

The Well in the Garden


winter breezed rain
lightly tossed about
drops lilting subtlety relieving doubt
coats one busy bird

two wetted wings
fluttering intently
beneath drier things
taking chances
spotting grey-striped kitty’s dances
seeking treelike ledges
hugging sheltering eaves

alighting quickly
returning avian-melodic surds
droplets spurning bird-foot rests
gathering weed bits
beak’s proper placement
weaving twigs
chance’s immuring coin
mending unpracticed skills

pausing chirps providing westwind jest
feathers cuffing wind-dried sleeves
falsely edging airs deceived
daring gravity’s revengeful sting

parting clouds providing cause
prompting one damp bird’s
fresh December’s lines
reshaping Fall
hoping gentle song
just one more time
might recall faraway Spring

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