Mindfulness


One Foot in the Grave

Thoughts for Today. The Duxford Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Airshow this coming weekend has just been cancelled. It was inevitable. Leaving Bobby airshowless for the first year since 1954. But then, as you will discover during the next few weeks, his heart attack and subsequent cardiac rehabilitation has led him to a joyful place…


A Letter to Myself

A Letter to Myself These words are from Bobby. To himself. I was a helpless observer.


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 1: Denbies Hillside Nature Trail.

Number 1: Denbies Hillside Nature Trail Dear friends We live in strange times. It seems only right that Mindfully Bertie should bring you some sunshine. There has been plenty this week as we write this. At present, the government is allowing us one walk, cycle ride a day. We thought you could use your daily…


S I D (Self Isolation Day)

S I D We started a story called “What if”. It’s still relevant and follows later. But, as we all know, the situation is changing so rapidly that by the time this is posted it will have completely changed again. So we are posting an exceptional mid week blog. Today, Monday 16 March, is SID…


Finding Peace at Christmas in Birmingham

Finding Peace at Christmas Birmingham Cathedral People like Bobby see life as a series of adventures. Big ones. Medium ones. Small and tiny ones. Even a shopping trip to Waitrose can be turned into a little adventure. To be an adventurer you need certain things. Finance, of course. Ideas, which he has in abundance. Energy….


Memories on the Bedside Table.

The Bedside Table. Mindfully Bertie started as a kind of bereavement therapy for Bobby. As you know, I had been best man at their wedding and chief mourner at Diddley’s Funeral. It’s now over three years since the blog started and we have covered every subject imaginable. Never forgetting that each week we would end…


Sometimes Always Never. Memories from a film.

Sometimes Always Never. There is a “box” at Laurel Cottage. It has a lid. On the lid is the inscription… “Bereavement”.


Belonging: 150 Stories from Mindfully Bertie.

150 stories from Mindfully Bertie! Yes dear, loyal friends, this is our 150th story. (Bobby prefers “story” to “blog”). Who could have thought that when we wrote the first one that we called a “preview”, we would still be going strong at 150? I should read that preview now… and see if we have kept…


Writing for Mental Health.

Writing for Mental Health. I am a writer. I write. I am a good writer. Bobby told me so I am a bad writer. Bobby’s mind told me so. I don’t care what you say. I do care what you think. I am a writer. I am writing this. I was always a writer who…


Tick Tock.

TICK TOCK… tick tock… tick tock… tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock. Dear Friends of Bertie… now and again, when the opportunity arises, we like to look at more serious, even difficult, subjects. Alcoholism and the part Al-Anon Family Groups play in helping those affected by the drinking of others is one important…


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