Author Archives: fjlloyd

One word at a time

(This post first appeared around this time last year, on the Association of Christian Writers’ blog, More Than Writers. Well worth a look, if you haven’t seen it already!) It’s that time of year again. (Those of you who are … Continue reading

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The space within the noise

Hear that? No, me neither. I’m straining with both ears and (for a change) my full attention, but there’s only silence. Scary, eh? Or maybe not: my world is full of noise. I spend my working days teaching violin, encouraging … Continue reading

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A Time for Everything?

Dear Lord, I’d like a few words. About this Ecclesiastes bloke…and his ̒time for everything̓ speech. Of course, it makes sense on one level: I get the idea of our lives running in seasons – well, mostly plodding, these days – … Continue reading

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A perfect Christmas?

Each year, I promise myself it’ll be different. The Christmas in my head is organised weeks in advance: cards posted, presents wrapped, and sprouts prepared in good time. I have an annual ambition that in the few days before The … Continue reading

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Circus Skills for Beginners

One of the things I loved about being a student in York (several millennia ago) was wandering around the city on a Saturday afternoon and watching all the street entertainers. Talented musicians, magicians, fire-eaters and unicyclists: I’ve come across them … Continue reading

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A Slow Process

We’ve recently returned from a week’s holiday in Somerset. It’s somewhere we’d never been before, so we had fun exploring new (to us) places: Wells, Bath and Burnham-on-Sea. Top on my list of things to do was a visit to … Continue reading

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Of practice and perseverance

Imagine for a moment it’s your eighth birthday and you’ve been given a brand new violin. Your mum – keen to encourage you – speaks to the school office and finds that there’s a space for you in the beginners’ … Continue reading

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