Coping With Grief.


From Bob Whiley(Sheila’s alias on FB): Grief is a process that is never truly complete on this side of life. For instance, we were out shopping at the after holiday sales when I spotted a mother and her teenaged daughter. The girl was lovely, she was slender with flowing auburn hair, she had a lovely […]

Why I Dearly Love My Gran…


A lot of you may not know this, but my wonderful Gran, Sheila, co-author here on the portal, lost her beautiful daughter Miss Emmy at the tender age of twenty-two(Miss Emmy was). Her passing is mourned by many, who knew this darling young woman and even by those who didn’t, including yours truly. My Gran […]

A Journey Through Time.


Dimly lit alleys, where orphans seek a thrown away crust in disease-ridden, filthy gutters, spat on absent-mindedly by fat, ugly merchants, the salt of the Earth, the salt in the wounds of injustice after injustice, inflicted upon the poor. Mothers, tired to the bone, eye their offspring with dread, thinking of the sad futures held […]

It’s MINE!!!


Just when you thought you’d already seen the summum of sarcasm, you had to stumble onto this bit of crap, didn’t you! You poor misguided sceptical sod, you thought you’d read or heard the lot, well… didn’t you? Forget about it! Let me put you out of your delusional misery. Or not. Actually, I think […]

An Exercise in Empathy.


Nathalie is thinking to herself that this party might not be a total waste of time, after all. She’s just spotted the dashing Jonathan at the other side of the room, but he’s being cornered by some old biddy, who will have her say to him, no matter what. You know the type! She looks […]

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?


There is a word in the Arab language called ‘makhtub` and it gives me the willies! I heard that it is mentioned in the Tora somewhere aswell and it means”It is written!” Which is to say that from the moment you are born until you expel your final breath, everything you say, feel or do […]

The Leprechaun and the Grizzly.


Some time ago I was in Barcelona and feeling lonely. To while away the time I started fantasizing about living with my beloved Gran Sheila and her family in West-Virginia. My Gran has a grandson called Jace, whom in my dream I took for a walk in the woods, where some strange things happened. This […]

Leaving Barcelona…


I´m leaving Barcelona, intent on starting a lucky streak, in search of my very own Shangrila. Somewhere in the mountains of Galicia, in proximity to the sea, I hope to find it. A haven of safety to call home for the rest of my days, surrounded by friendly, peace-loving people, who will accept me for […]

A Day in Gandia II…


I´m sitting on a park bench reminiscing about times gone by. In front of me on the ground are loads of broken seed-shells of what they call Pipas here. People eat them by the bagload, nibbling them one by one, after having divested them of their shells with two deft little bites. I´ve never been […]

Does The End Justify The Means?


I´m happy, because I have a problem, two actually. I have found that when there is a complete lack of problems, life gets boring. And I´ve been known to go to great lengths to avoid boredom, just for the heck of it. What the Chinese consider a curse, namely: “May you live in interesting times!”, […]