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Editor’s Message


I am not a big fan of Christmas. All that stress attached to getting everything together on time, worrying about whether the presents you have bought will be loved or tossed aside is a cooker pressure disaster waiting to happen. Chuck in few curved balls and everything starts to take on slightly surreal Monty Python-esque feeling.


Our “curved balls” included one mum undergoing a mastectomy and the other mum suffering a stroke. Family illness is so difficult at any time of year, but obviously more so over Christmas where absences are noticeable.


But they say that for every Yin there is a Yang. We had two Christmas Yangs; the first was watching our two sons coming up the stairs with eyes full of wonder on Christmas morning (although 5.15am was a wee bit early) having seen that Santa & Rudolph had visited and enjoyed the food and drink left out for them (mince pie and whiskey for Santa and a carrot and milk for Rudolph); the second was how family and friends rallied around to enable hospital visits to be made without trampling over the children’s


Christmas by dragging them along. I know that we were not alone in the “bad news” department and that others we know lost their parents; I hope that they will also find a Yang for their Yin.


On that sober note let me move swiftly on - I love New Year – it’s full of hope, aspirations and if you were sensible enough not to make any resolutions you will have also avoided the guilt trap. The real plus side to New Year is that if you don’t hit your stride on the 1st Jan you have the rest of the year to get it sorted.


So wishing all readers a Happy New Year – let’s make 2013 a good one!


Much sweetness


Becky Beach, Editor Follow me on Twitter: @bexbeach


Tel: 07976 869 435 becky@themuswellflyer.com


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