The Founding Families

Last time round I alluded to a divided society. Where in our community are we supposed to put our faith? At Pelican, that’s an easy one. Our core members and their families are always there, fighting the good fight. That sounds a bit gushy. But the people I refer to are pure grit. Our project … Read more

Who to back?

It’s been a while since our last blog. This is mostly because of the growing chip on my shoulder about the general state of things. I’ve gone to publish a couple of entries but each time decided Pelican is not the place to offload my grievances. Fortunately, a couple of weeks ago on Question Time, … Read more

Say Cheeeese!

Life is a camera. Just focus on what’s important. Capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out…just take another shot! I won’t apologise for the cheesy quote this week. Our three sessions with Brandon Barry are done and it’s left a fuzzy feeling behind. The ‘mini-project’ has been a … Read more

Successfulness or fruitfulness?

“There is a great difference between successfulness and fruitfulness. Success comes from strength, control and respectability. A successful person has the energy to create something, to keep control over its development, and to make it available in large quantities. Success brings many rewards and often fame. Fruits, however, come from weakness and vulnerability. And fruits … Read more

Hymn of the Big Wheel

“The big wheel keeps on turning…one man struggles while another relaxes” – Massive Attack, Hymn of the Big Wheel One things for sure, we can’t have it all; we can’t go to both parties, buy a new wardrobe and save for a house; achieve our dreams with no sacrifice. As massive attack put it, sometimes we … Read more

Risky Business

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body”  Elizabeth Stone  At FreeFall+ last week I overheard a conversation between two of our regular mums about the number of days they’d spent in hospital with their young people over the Christmas … Read more

Capital ‘D’ for disability

I got an email before Christmas from an Assistant Manager at The WESC foundation (a specialist school in Exeter for young people with visual impairments). She wanted to meet us Pelicans to see if we could offer anything that her residents may be interested in. Her name was Shelley Matthews. Seeing that name and being … Read more

Making things happen

“There’s three types of people in the world: Those who don’t know what happened, those who wonder what happened, and people like us from the streets, that make things happen” – Stranded on Death Row, Dr Dre, 1992 What type of person are you? I’ve had this song on repeat this week. The words are … Read more