Ellen Larson-Davidson

On my nightstand you will find …

A fluffy unicorn eye-mask, a daisy photo frame with a picture of Mark, my husband, and I before children, Lego, a library book (The Book of Echoes) return date stamped 24 Mar 2020, some children’s books, and did I mention Lego?!

A podcast I am listening to is

Lead Stories with Jo Saxton and Steph Williams – great on leadership and church leadership and not just for women.

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is

The Active Life by Parker J. Palmer which was gifted to me by my university adviser and dear friend and introduced to the poem ‘They Have Threatened Us with Resurrection’ by Julia Esquivel which has both haunted and inspired me for 20 years. ‘To dream awake / to keep watch asleep / to live while dying / and to already know oneself / resurrected!’

A TV show I binge watch

Just one?? Little Fires Everywhere, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Medici.

I follow — on—

Sandra Boynton on Instagram (and Facebook) because I love her children’s stories (Bellybutton Book & Snuggle Puppy are Manse favourites) and anyone who can create a French song about nothing in particular with YoYo Ma on cello and Weird Al Yankovic on accordian is my delightful humorous hero any day of the year (love her calendars as well 😉)

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Anything by Ben Harper and animated movie soundtracks lead to Manse Dance Parties.

One thing I have learned about myself over the last few weeks is

As much as I love that I have come from a long line of teachers, I understand why my mother chose NOT to teach her own children music or classroom teaching because I struggled to hack teaching my own children for a few months – they are better behaved for other people. Personally, I need to play and have fun. I need nature walks and to feel the cool wet grass between my toes. I love beautiful flowers and getting my fingernails dirty.

Jill Clancy

On my nightstand you will find …

Ibuprofen gel for a sore knee, a plaque that says “Sisters.  There’s a special kind of freedom that sister enjoy.  Freedom to share inner most thoughts, to ask a favour, to show their true feelings the freedom to simply be themselves.”  and another that is a big shiny ‘A’ for Aunt and my phone – charging.

A podcast I am listening to is

‘The Missing Crypto Queen’ (my school friend is on this as she was scammed).

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is

‘An Evil Cradling’ by Brain Keenan. I read this book around 1991. It didn’t change my life per se, but it had a huge impact on me and I have never forgotten it, especially when the tears fell down my face while reading it on a bus. I believe it might be one of the reasons I now work in prison.

A TV show I binge watch

I have binge watched a number of shows recently.  ‘This is Us’ is amazing.  ‘Normal People’ was intense, ‘Transparent’ was insightful  & at present I am on ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ for great fun and wonderful fashion.

I follow — on—

I followed Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus on You Tube during lockdown because it was such a good release for me to sing in a choir, even if it was virtually, when I came home from an stressful day at prison.

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Lots from The Proclaimers to George Ezra to Musical Theatre.

One thing I have learned about myself over the last few weeks is

That it is ok when ‘The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men 
Gang aft agley’ as my 50th birthday party that I had planned for nearly 2 yrs had to be cancelled.  At least I have my health and my family are ok that is truly all that matters.