Two little girls sit on my desk, beaming. The photo shows one in purple-framed sunglasses, the other in pink. Their shades are a clue to the weather they’re enjoying: bright sunshine.

Children are fascinated by sunshine and the shadows it casts. What fun to jump on each other’s shadow or to notice how their own shadows are short at midday and elongated towards dusk. Light and dark. Sunshine and shade.

Our lives are a metaphorical mix of  day and night, joy and sorrow, warmth and chill, freedom and fear. Yet, how comforting it is to know that, even on the gloomiest of heavy-cloud days, the sun still exists. And in the darkest night sky, the stars still shine. There is always hope in the shadiest valley that we may have to go through. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow,” wrote Helen Keller – who lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” His light, wrote John, “shines in the darkness and the darkness has never overcome it.”

My latest set of photographs feature light and shade. See them in the Photo Gallery: Click on the url to get to my website if you’re reading this in an email, or click on the relevant tab on the website. There are two new items on the Poems page too.

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