Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Talking about our own emotions - and the impact on children

From all over the world committed to changing it for all of us.

Look at the faces
Feel their energy
this was at the end
of a five hour session
of Pipology.

We were all sagging
ready to dive in for meal
and they pumped out
their endless energy
to provide with this.

I just love these
beautiful humans.

From all over the world
committed to changing it
for all of us.

I like the future
with these in charge .....


Monday, September 17, 2018

Remain or Leave / Leave or Remain. The big EU Question and my Pipology.

Remain or Leave
Leave or Remain
The big EU Question and my Pipology.

I have been thinking about this major issue for a long time.
I have been meaning to write out my feelings, thoughts, philosophy for some time.
I must join up the dots in my life/experience/values/faith/BHPness and I will try to make some sense.

This BHP stuff.
''You are Beautiful" Stuff.
It has all come out of working with people who are often despised by the majority.

They distance themselves from them.
Don’t understand them.
Don’t care about them.

Through all sorts of pain I have a developing 
pipology loveology emotionology 
and the base principle is that
all humans are of equal value.

Not only tolerate our neighbour but love our neighbours.
And love is a doing word.
I have decided to love not hate
because love does a better job.

Some years ago I created a Mission Statement
and it stays unchanged, with annual reviews,
because it  still rings true,
it still applies to my life as tough as it can be.
One line in this MS is::
'I have decided to live my life as an act of Love.’

Central to my faith and belief is SEEKING THE SHALOM.
This comes from a bible verse which ended my first book/autobiography
'Gutter Feelings'.
‘Seek the Shalom of the city because in its Shalom
you will find your own Shalom.’
It’s about seeking wholeness for others
and doing that, living that, we develop our own wholeness.
I am forever working at that within myself and in all my work/life.

When I meet a Bulgarian I say
’T c pracrasin chovek’
With a Albanian
‘You yani person ebooku’
'Yesh tesh sponyowee’
….. and MORE - all meaning ::
‘You are a beautiful Human Person’

I have not travelled as much as many 
but I have in Eastern Europe and I love these BHP’s.
They are as valuable as you, me, others ……..
No matter their complex needs ………
…. "we can see a persons behaviour
but we can’t see their journey”

I believe in WE/ME
I don’t believe in Just ME.

"If you want to go fast - go alone
If you want to go far - 
go together”

I am a human who believes in BELONGING.
I belong to a 'Level Five Group' - we are 38 years old.

I believe in participation.
In my Youth Work I have always had the following as OBJECTIVES
because this is how Young people Develop - if these are present ::
New Experiences

When we participate with others in many contexts
we all develop
we all learn.

My Youth Work life has been about::
Making contact
Establishing relationships
Building relationships
BECOMING together ……..
…..is relevant to good Youth Work/Community Work
and also on the International stage too.
I believe in Team Work.
We all learn in a TEAM.

In teamwork decisions don’t always go our way.
The team decides and we all feel the benefit or loss - mistakes or success.
We learn and we go forward stronger with differences
but working for the common good.

I am ::
St Helens
I love the world.
I don’t want to be a nationalist
thinking only about SELF.
“He has got the whole world in his hands ………”
I have not mentioned directly some of the big issues such as::
Health/Housing/Security etc
BUT I have in Pipology terms.

I don’t want to isolate.
I want to love the poorest, the broken, the stranger …..
Everyone so wonderfully made
YET Beautiful/Imperfection like me …...
and like me - Broken & Becoming.

I wish and work for the whole world to become one.
I want to BELONG and work for the WHOLE.

You are beautiful


Ignoring feelings - and my journeying into discovery ...... endless ........

I have discovered some of the wonders
of emotion
of spirituality
of Loveology
of deep relationships
of being sick with fear
of stumbling into training
of living taking the mask off
of fumbling into group work
of having teeth knocked out
of learning how to sit in the gutter
of one set of footprints in the sand
of the essential need for team work
of creating developmental exercise
of learning how to weep at injustice
of communicating with Blob Tree blobs
of always living with change as normal
of learning how to feel for and with the bruised
of learning that I have only learned a bits / some /  ......................

I don't want to settle down
I realise I am getting older
Only my body!
Maybe not as long in the hours as I used to be.

I Pipturesque coming at me from Canada

Sunday, September 16, 2018

YMCA a TOOLBOX of RESOURCES - worldwide communication TOOLS.

The World YMCA is focusing upon Youth Empowerment. 
This book is a wonderful, beautiful tool,to communicate this message. 
Johan Vilhelm Eltvik
Secretary General, World Alliance of YMCAs

  • A massive collection, almost 200 pages, of resources to use in YMCA's worldwide.

  • Great ALL AGE TOOLS - Children, Youth, Leaders, Executives, Seniors +

  • Great for all areas of Y Programmes - Sports/ Fitness/ Youthwork/ Teams/ Faith/ Housing/ Personal Development+

  • Great visuals - attractive for all because the Blobs use the primary forms of communication = FACE & BODY LANGUAGE


 *   Buy physical book (delivered by LULU)
You can purchase book and it will be delivered by post anywhere in the world.

He was great, me Dad

He was great, me Dad 

He was great, me Dad 
He'd take me to Southport 
We'd go to the Wimpy 
And have the biggest beef burger you'd ever seen 
Followed by a mountain-sized Knickerbocker Glory 
Then we'd rush to the fair 
Where I'd jump on the rollercoaster 
And, for some strange reason, be sick soon after. 

He was great, me Dad 
He took me to see Everton every Saturday 
He made me a wooden rattle ~ 
What a racket that made! 
He bought me the Everton home strip from Jack Sharp’s 
And the best Puma football boots in the whole school. 

He once made me a huge wooden suitcase
With compartments
For all my Lego pieces.
He could make anything. 
He was great, me Dad.

He was also a diabetic  
Sometimes he'd put too much insulin in his blood  
So he could go out for a few bevvies with his mates. 
But sometimes he'd end up in a coma
And be rushed into hospital.

Sometimes in town he'd go funny
As if he was drunk.
It was just lack of sugar. 
I used to carry a bag of boiled sweets in my pocket 
Or put four sugars in his tea
When he wasn't looking

That's how he died.
Hypoglycemic coma, they said. 
He was 52. 
I loved me Dad, he was great

But I wish he hadn't gone so quickly
Just when I needed him 
Just when I had so much to learn.
I never really knew him, you know.
But I knew he loved me.

Peter Barrett

A book of poems by my friend Peter Barrett


Saturday, September 15, 2018

I love this Hokey Pokey - VIDEO by APPLE

I have worked in many YMCA's all around the country. Hostels. EVERYONE with special needs like me.


I was working in a YMCA.
I have worked in many all around the country.
Many YMCA's a few visits -
others regular weekly visits over years. 
Three YMCA's have been my home & work over several years.

One way of communicating with the young resident was by 
dropping little postcards or other small bits of paper for people to find later. 

Another is writing a short news-letter to all the residents in a hostel.
Posting one by hand under every room door - often 150 doors. 
Telling them I exist. 
Introducing myself to new people. 
Dropping a little message of love. 
Sprinkling stardust. 

One young woman said, 
out of the blue and in public, 
"I cried when I read that” 

Someone said to me how, 
when they were away in detox, 
the note I sent was the only message they received. 
"I will never forget that ...........” 
powerful when people are able to express their feelings like that -
Many are not.
They are just as valuable.

The man with the BMW 
Every time I walk to the train I walk past a BMW and a man on his knees cleaning it. 

It already is clean as a ………. 
I would eat my dinner off it without hesitation. 
As I walked on I thought of some alternatives for that man. 

- An old man or lady around the corner who has a dirty car or garden. 
- A few house visits to the special needs homes locally. 
I rub my eye............... 
- A volunteer hour or so driving the YMCA minibus for the many children. 
Ichy eye ..................... 
- Relating to humans more than car wax.
- something in my eye ……….

I must get this plank out of my eye 
as it is distracting as I am clicking about someone else's life.............................. 

Maybe I will try to say something as I pass the man on his knees 
and see if a daily hello will lead to me knowing the person ...... real  time. 

Maybe I ....... spend too much on one thing and neglect others. 
Maybe me doing things 100% could be dropped and do more at 75%. 

I am feeling incomplete 
but I am working at it ……………………. 

I need to daily refresh my irritation.
I love this quote::
‘I don’t like this person
I must get to know them better’.