Staying at Home

Ideas for staying busy whilst ‘Staying At Home’

We would like to offer some ideas for keeping busy whilst staying at home. For example, Sutton Coldfield are doing a Poem Exchange scheme.

A message from Professor Janet Lord

“Wandering Mind” by Jasmit Kaur Phull

I have composed “Wandering Mind” and I dedicate this Poem, to our sons Jaspal and Jaspreet (doctors at NHS), to our daughter-in-law Samantha (Nurse at NHS), to our daughter-in-law Luciana (doctor at NHS), to my husband Jaswant (doctor at NHS), to ALL NHS workers and to everyone in the world.Love and blessings to all, Jasmit

Our son Jaspal, who is a Surgeon in Bath, spoke to me on the phone and when I asked him how he is getting on with wearing PPE, he said how uncomfortable it was and it gave him headaches. He said he used two paracetamols, before he wore his PPE. The Poem “Wandering Mind” is a result of a true feeling of Mother’s pain through her pride for her family working in the NHS.

The gardens are looking beautiful
The birds are chirping high
But my mind is wandering and wandering
Beneath the blue sky

The sunshine smiles through the windows
In every room of the house
whispering and singing songs
bringing message of hope to browse

I try and smile to myself again and again
to take away, the true heart pain
Pain that I can feel
At the loss of the numbers revealed

Tears fill my eyes
and I do cry
I cry softly, I cry loud
Am I going crazy, no…..not at all

The gardens are looking beautiful
The birds are chirping high
But my mind is wandering and wandering
Beneath the blue sky

What can I do, what can I do?
I ask myself –
A ray of hope sneaks in
to say, find God in Thyself

Dear Lord, I have put my trust in you
I have Faith in you
I pray to you today, for our loved ones
for all at NHS and for the world humans

Give us Hope, give us Joy
Give us Togetherness, a new way to try
Now, we are your caterpillars
Please make us into butterflies

The gardens are looking beautiful
The birds are chirping high
But my mind is wandering and wandering
Beneath the blue sky

WAND (Women’s Association for National development is offering free virtual dance classes to help relieve stress, for those in self-isolation etc every Wednesday at 11. Please call Kiki if interested. You will need Zoom to join in.

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Please send an image with an amusing caption of what you are doing whilst ‘Staying at home’ to our BFWG Editor ASAP.

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Take a free course

If you have time and would like to broaden, deepen or refresh your knowledge of history, science or languages the OU have a huge range of courses on offer.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

More free online courses

Birmingham University
University of Queensland, Australia
Ivy League Colleges
Harvard University
Stanford University
British Council
Yale University
MIT University
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship

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