Horrendous Adverts Alert


Hey there,

So I have recently been warned of the fact that adverts have been appearing at the bottom of my posts for awhile. I had not seen them, been warned about them, and actually have a wonderful extension called Adblock which means I don’t see adverts ever, at all, I like it this way.

However, for those of you who have seen them I do apologise, I do not endorse them and many of them repulse me. I would suggest Adblock, or a similar service, so you don’t have to deal with any of the rubbish anyway, but otherwise I have a few plans to deal with it: Continue reading

Recommendation: Confessions of a Depressed Christian


I have written about my own experience of depression on a number of occasions, but especially with the recent news of Robin Williams own struggles with mental health, I don’t know of a reason to ignore writing and shared experiences where they can help. This is a new anonymous blog which sounds as if it is one to watch, one to help spread hope, and truth, about the thoughts that can go through so many minds.

Take a look and follow it if you wish, you never know when you might need a little support.

Confessions of a Depressed Christian: The Joy of Suicidal Thoughts

News: Again To The Books!


I have news!

I think it’s exciting, good news, however, it does come with the disclaimer of: “Well, of course I’m crazy. But life’s more interesting that way!”

Today plenty of students across the UK are excitedly finding their results, and then with whatever they find, hoping or searching for a place in their chosen university. To all those students (and the admin and IT staff working hurriedly to help) I wish you well. I am also excited to say I will be joining you this September… kind of.

St Andrews is a very special place. Photograph by Ben Goulter.

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Dentist Dread; Getting Past My Phobia


Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t been to the dentist for over a decade. I can’t even tell you how much over a decade because as a teenager I started to refuse to go, and I can’t remember exactly when my parents stopped fighting my tears. I also have to confess, that other than an occasional boost of motivation I was never great at looking after my teeth. Continue reading

Mango Sponge


Every now and again I like to experiment with cake, specifically with cake both my sister and I can eat because we love cake, but can’t eat cow dairy, lemon juice, paprika, and a few more things. You’d be surprised at how many tins and packets contains these things, and in rebellion against annoying mass-produced stuff we play around and see what we can come up with that tastes half-decent.

Two Tahitian Women with Mango Blossoms by Gauguin. I decided to be somewhat sophisticated... for once.

Two Tahitian Women with Mango Blossoms by Gauguin. I decided to be somewhat sophisticated… for once.

A nice, new revelation of sweetness was wonderfully: Mango Cake. Continue reading

So Far This Summer…


I‘ve been a little MIA for the last month, and thinking about it I’m not even sure what exactly has stopped me writing. I’ve been busy, but what’s new? Try not to take it personally; I’m pretty sure I’ve been like this with everyone, a true flitterer (this a made up word because I, along with two others, couldn’t think of the right one).

The truth is probably as simple as saying I have a family and friends, and this obviously fills up my time quite a lot, but I wanted to share a little of what has been going on in July. Some of these will be expanded, but I am still catching up on a large number of drafts I’ve had prepared for YONKS, so bear with me.

Summer can be such fun. Mine has been massive! Copyright EKMCronin 2014.

Summer can be such fun. Mine has been massive!
Copyright EKMCronin 2014.

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Baptism: Tipples

As you can see, we like colourful drinks! Photograph by Gillian Gamble, 2011.

As you can see, we like colourful drinks! Photograph by Gillian Gamble, 2011.

Have you ever noticed that a lot of Christian events will be focused around food? Alpha has a meal; Christmas & Easter are food-filled festivals traditionally; even the old style tea and quiche is for some reason integral to Church of England parish events.

Well, to be honest, in this Bear household we aren’t much different: we do very much enjoy an excuse for good food and fun. However, we also realise that people like tasty things in a glass too. I’m not speaking of purely alcoholic drinks, personally I don’t partake, but if I’m going to throw an event I’d rather serve something interesting than just basic wine/cider/beer. Continue reading