Ian Lawton’s Articles

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joseph Campell The danger of following crowds has never been more frighteningly evident than this past week. The stampede during the pilgrimage in Mecca killed 800 people and injured over 1000. I can’t even imagine the terror of being crushed or suffocated in a ... Continue Reading »
“When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’ even illness becomes wellness.” I never really understood that saying until Mum died. But now it makes all the sense in the world to me. I’ve always been someone who tries to live a healthy life. I’ve fasted and exercised to the point of pain. But every now and ... Continue Reading »

Legacy Of Kindness

September 3rd, 2015
I got the call about mum at 9 in the morning. What happened next was a bit of a blur, but I remember the two hour train ride to the hospital vividly. I felt so helpless. At least when you’re driving you have your own feet on the pedals. In the train I was at ... Continue Reading »

Leaving a Legacy of Love

August 23rd, 2015
The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her. This is very true for me right now. I have shared every joy and crisis in my life with my mum, until this one. This is the first grief I am doing without her. My mum was small in size but had a ... Continue Reading »
Larry’s been visiting more often lately. But he’s not what I expected him to be. He doesn’t grin from ear to ear or skip down the street. He’s more contentment than carnival clown, more acceptance than ecstasy. I don’t think it’s just me. I think it’s got something to do with aging. People of age ... Continue Reading »

Grace To Greece

July 6th, 2015
We have a saying in our family, “fair, fair, fair, fair.” If someone is feeling a little hard-done-by and making comparisons, a light hearted “fair, fair, fair, fair” will usually get them back on track. Expecting life to be fair is something most of us never grow out of. “It’s not fair. So and so ... Continue Reading »

Love Wins in Ireland

May 24th, 2015
I haven’t tallied them, but suspect I’ve married near a thousand couples  in my time. I think I’ve pretty much seen it all. I’ve had weddings interrupted by angry parents, dogs in wedding parties and one bride who turned up the day after the wedding to tell me she’d fallen in love with me. (I ... Continue Reading »
“I always wanted a happy ending. I learned, the hard way that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” ~ Gilda ... Continue Reading »

Fierce Love Rules

February 12th, 2015
My daughter reminded me of the unruly nature of fierce love when she was much younger. In our home, we have one of those Ruggles (heart shapes in nature) poster with the words “Love is where you find it.” It’s a constant reminder to find love wherever you are and part of the spirit we ... Continue Reading »

All Eyes On Scotland the Brave

September 18th, 2014
I hereby pledge to write an article about Scotland without mentioning haggis, kilts or Mel Gibson, well maybe just haggis which I find nicer than it sounds. What they are deciding in Scotland is serious business, and deserves more than cliches. By the time this article goes live they will likely have already voted and ... Continue Reading »
I’ve been reviewing some science homework with my ninth grade son. This is so much more fun as a parent, without the threat of a test looming. In any case, I was reminded that energy can neither be created or destroyed, only changed (redirected). Apply the same law to conflict, and EUREKA! Nature gets this, ... Continue Reading »

Riding the Wave of Hope

August 20th, 2014
“Rainy, gloomy, drab, sunless day.  There are times when hope seems entirely clouded over; when looking for the blessings in your circumstances feels like trying to catch a ray of sunshine from six feet under.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich I don’t know about you, but the news has been really getting me down this week. ... Continue Reading »
Like so many people, I was shocked by the death of Robin Williams. Ever since he na nu, na nu’ed his way into our hearts as Mork from Ork, he’s been making us laugh, think and cry. He played characters that projected incredible optimism and insight. As a great actor, he knew how to project ... Continue Reading »
They say to love your enemies, but no one tells you how to do it. It’s easy to think nice thoughts about difficult people when you’re alone, but how do you love the annoying work colleague, you know the one who’s like a shiver looking for a spine to run up. We’re supposed to find ... Continue Reading »
If you are what you eat, you should definitely avoid chopped liver, waffles and all forms of nuts. Yet we are….what we eat, just as we are what we think. We eat our choices, we live our intentions, and we create our futures with each thought, word and meal. Wendell Berry wrote, “I eat my history ... Continue Reading »