Love, love, love – and some leadership

All together now…

It was Valentine’s Day the day after Weekly Blog Club’s Week 6 ended, and the posts of the week anticipated it with lots of love in the air. Mark Wood wrote about his love of photography that he means he is unable to put his camera down at first when he goes on holiday, and shares some lovely holiday photos in The Sinai Desert. Samuel-James Wilson introduced us to a lad to loves making things in Introducing Mr. Luke Clarke. I was very surprised to read that there are still schools where they seem unable to recognise pupils who have dyslexia. I have heard far too many stories of intelligent and creative people being failed by schools like that in the past but thought that there was much greater awareness these days. It’s great that Luke has found something he loves doing.

Karen Hart wrote about loving places and events in a way that does not involve seeing them through one’s camera constantly in Digital on, real life off. As our regulars already know, Karne is a writer, and one of our first-timers, Dawn Reeves, also a writer, this week wrote about what drives her love of writing in Why I write – another mystery?

On a more personal level, Kenny McDonald blogged about a new blog and social media accounts that he has set up in his efforts to find love this year: Social Media Love. Best of luck, Kenny, and let’s hope you don’t get as far as Week 52 on that blog! Audrey Birt’s All you need is love…all together now was so lovely that it brought a tear to my eye. It’s my must-read recommendation of the week (do have a hankie to hand).

There were lots of kisses in The KIS of life – about the Key Information Summary for a patient – by Neil Kelly on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog. I sometimes start doubting the medical information about myself that I carry in my memory and worry that I will forget it.

The Valentine’s Day @130story word of the day was ‘hearty’ and I decided to share my archived micro story using that word as an example of how short a blog post can be: Hearty.

Some of you might like to get the hankie out again to hand to read Water, water everywhere by Carol Woolley in which she shows us in photos how the floods have affected her area. The duck keeping its feet dry on the bench made me smile amongst all the anxiety-inducing high levels of water of, and around, the River Severn. Those of you in the UK will have also seen – amongst the people you know or on television or in the newspapers – the sense of community obvious in many places during the emergency and difficult situations caused by the storms and flooding.

Diane Sims considered the role of public sector, including health services, in building strong social networks, also enabling people to help each other, in Time to stop watching the letterbox? Leadership in the National Health Service has been a topic of much debate in recent years. I found the approach it interesting to read about the approach taken by Professor Hazel Borland, Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, in NHS Dumfries and Galloway. In Person Centred Leadership on the Ayrshirehealth blog, she wrote about how she takes a very practical approach to keeping in touch with the reality of clinical practice. I suspect that there are many organisations and businesses that could benefit from her approach.

I recently saw a tweet about the problem of finding enough trustees for charities. A year or two ago, I commented to a trustee I know that I was about the only person I knew who wasn’t a trustee (I think I would quite like to be one, but am not sure if I can offer anything useful). I was interested to read Ena Lloyd’s post Balanced Boards for the Good Practice Exchange at the Welsh Audit Office blog, about the issue of trying to get balance, a greater diversity on boards of trustees.

Finally, on a very soggy day (but nowhere near as bad as the weather elsewhere in the UK), I noticed someone had found an old photo of mine with a beach and blue sky. As it included a couple walking hand in hand and it was Valentine’s Day the next day, I decided to post Walking on Longsands in spring as a reminder of the season to come.

As always, thank you very much to all of you who have contributed posts, liked, favourited, commented on, retweeted, followed and read the posts. If you want to join in, “weekly” is an aspiration, not an obligation and you’ll find more about how to contribute a post on our About page.

The lovely Louise Brown is taking over for Week 7. I have not set a theme [entirely optional] for Week 7 but if you need inspiration, have a look at the posts so far this year, or tweet @WeeklyBlogClub to ask for some help and Louise or one of the other members will help.

Hope you have better weather this week – and blog.


Janet E Davis

Summary of week 6 posts

Social Media Love by Kenny McDonald.

Water, water everywhere by Carol Woolley.

Introducing Mr. Luke Clarke by Samuel-James Wilson.

Person Centred Leadership by Hazel Borland on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

Balanced Boards by Ena Lloyd for the Good Practice Exchange at the Welsh Audit Office.

The Sinai Desert by Mark Wood.

Time to stop watching the letterbox? by Diane Sims.

Digital on, real life off by Karen JK Hart.

All you need is love…all together now by Audrey Birt.

Walking on Longsands in spring by  Janet E Davis.

Hearty by  Janet E Davis.

The KIS of life by Neil Kelly on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.

Why I write – another mystery? by Dawn Reeves.

Weekly Blog Club was set up in early January 2012 to encourage people to blog regularly, and especially to encourage those working in and with the public sector, charities and voluntary organisations in the UK to find their own 'voice' through writing.

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One comment on “Love, love, love – and some leadership
  1. Thanks Janet – great work yet again!

    – Dyfrig

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