Our new grandaughter arrives – Baby Connie

Apr 04 2011

My weekend really started last Friday with the arrival of my beautiful Granddaughter, Connie Marie Wallace, my youngest son’s and his partner Tasha’s child. My son is being deployed to Afghanistan some time in the coming months and we all hoped Connie would show earlier than her due date of 15th April as her daddy could well have missed her birth otherwise. She didn’t let us down.

Welcome to our world sweet Connie. Connie, your daddy will have time to cuddle you now and enjoy the first few weeks of your life before he has to be away for the next 6 months.

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Out with the old, in with the new

Mar 31 2011

I am multi-tasking with my web designer Nigel from Clarihon and my PR and good friend Sue Blake from Sue Blake Media. We are emailing at a furious rate watching my old site disappear and the one you read now standing proud in its place.

I haven’t been able to get excited about this new site and was worrying that maybe my past illness (pneumonia) had pulled me down more than I would admit. But reading through the old site I realised why. I am shrugging off the shackles of my past and saying farewell to an old friend.

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My son prepares for Afghanistan front line

Mar 31 2011

Today I received an email link that brought home to me the reality of my youngest son’s choice of career. I had just left him and his heavily pregnant girlfriend after eating a lovely lunch and enjoying their company.

My son is a British soldier and will be deployed for the second time to Afghanistan in the next few weeks. I know what he does is his choice and that he is proud to serve his country. I look at him with unimaginable thoughts racing through my mind. He is a sergeant and a very muscular man – a father to his son and a father to be to his unborn daughter.

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New Beginnings

Mar 30 2011

I have just received a phone call from my surgeon today cancelling an operation that he was due to perform tomorrow morning.  There are apparently no theatre staff available but when I explained my diagnosis of pneumonia he explained they would have cancelled anyway.

I am relieved yet disappointed but know of the rest of this week’s events to come are going to stretch me on a personal level as well as a business one. My new web site – this site you are now on – is to make sure I’m widely known as an inspirational speaker. My chosen career – the work I was born to do – is speaking to groups about emotive issues I have first-hand experience of.

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Real life: raising my second generation family

Mar 30 2011

Two little gifts from heaven have been living with us (my husband Mike of 34 years and my mother-in-law) for three years now and it’s been the most trying of  times if truth be told.  Both girls are my Paternal Granddaughters and were born to  prolific drug users – their father is my son.

Skye was born 2006 and this little one was born an addict yet made  remarkable progress in her fight to survive.  Her parents cleaned up  their act and she started her life like any other child. Or so we thought. Maybe I wanted them clean more than they did, but my  granddaughter was suffering badly and I witnessed daily demise.  Aged  just 11 months, we were faced with a choice, we either take her on or she would be placed into care…

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1m people have an eating disorder in the UK

Mar 28 2011

One million Britons apparently have an eating disorder according to an article I read in the Mail On Sunday and my question is: how are people being treated? I think it very brave of any one in the public eye to come forward and admit they have an eating disorder. We are putting ourselves potentially in the courtroom of condemnation. But Bulimia-anorexia knows no colour nor creed and certainly no sexual preference or social standing.

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My views on Jamie’s Dream School on TV

Mar 22 2011

How do you Motivate the unmotivated youth of today?

David Starkey, one of the teachers in Jamies’ Dream School should never be allowed to teach in a class with vulnerable aggressive young adults. He used a disability to justify his arrogance and ignorance his behaviour as bad as the kids he was teaching. I was disappointed. I expected something different from such a brilliant man.

This television program shows us the hard task many teachers in real schools have to contend with and being a schoolteacher is not all about teaching the 3 rs.

Being qualified to teach does not make that person skilled to handle children’s negative behaviour in the classroom. Each child comes with its own agenda – background.

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I elected to take the Polygraph Test

Mar 14 2011

After writing the first two titles in my ‘Whispers’ Trilogy, I  foolishly thought my abuser would stand tall and once again call me a  liar, resulting in him taking me to court for slander. I am a great believer in British justice and knew he would crumble in a Court of  Law. The truth has a way of coming out always sitting on simmer waiting for the pot to boil.

I looked into the polygraph test (the lie detector test) and wondered if it could be trusted  to speak the truth. I researched it and read a piece about sex offenders being polygraphed to see the likelihood of them re-offending when released back into society. If this was good enough for the Government then it was good enough to speak the truth for me.

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