LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH…

I’ve been contemplating the subject of death for a while now as I’m not getting any younger (surprise, surprise!) and took the plunge to buy two funeral plans for me and hubby. This has done nothing to give me peace of mind as it’s resulted in sleepless nights worrying about how I’ll manage the monthlyContinue reading “LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH…”

SPINNING A GANSEY

I was thinking about the way stress seems to overtake me quite easily these days. Obviously, the way I handle it now is a throw-back from my psychotic breakdown in 2020, but I wonder if it’s also connected to my being resuscitated following a heart attack in 2008; as a consequence of blood flow starvationContinue reading “SPINNING A GANSEY”

JUXTAPOSE; JOY & SADNESS

There will always be a time for mourning and a time for dancing. Acknowledgement It’s difficult to put out a new blog post without thinking how trivial the content may be when weighed against the effects of what’s happening to the Ukrainian people; the horror of it being felt by all who are witnessing itContinue reading “JUXTAPOSE; JOY & SADNESS”

VISION FOR THE NEW YEAR

I’ve said it every year for the past 10 years (if not more) and every year, as New Year’s Eve approaches, I’m back in the cycle of clearing my clutter. I do take drastic action on it but always end up in the same place by the end of the following year. This year IContinue reading “VISION FOR THE NEW YEAR”

CELEBRATING THE LIGHT

I was watching an old episode of Poirot recently and marvelling at the conviction of David Suchet’s portrayal of a character he has made his own. I’ve often wondered if David is a Christian because of some of the things he utters as Poirot. I haven’t read the books by Dame Agatha Christie but IContinue reading “CELEBRATING THE LIGHT”

SLOWING DOWN

I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve become busy again after coming to a complete stop during the pandemonium of our enforced lockdowns with its fluctuating restrictions. I rather enjoyed the peace and solitude of isolation at first and find within the current process of ongoing recovery, I’ve gradually returned to doing the things I enjoyContinue reading “SLOWING DOWN”

BLUE BUTTERFLIES

On the brink of receiving my small collection of short stories proof copy for ‘A Smattering of Alice’, I muse over a couple of incidents that led to its completion and became the glue that held me together during its journey. My love of blue butterflies is a common denominator in the relationship I haveContinue reading “BLUE BUTTERFLIES”

HEAVY LIGHT

On Sunday, 13th June, I attended a Books by the Beach Festival Event at the YMCA Theatre, Scarborough to hear Horatio Clare discussing his brave memoir about mental illness ‘Heavy Light’. The former Head of BBC Radio, Helen Boaden (the Festival’s Patriot) led the discussion and it was interesting that the repertoire and mutual respectContinue reading “HEAVY LIGHT”