Just when I think I’m adapting to lockdown, another wave of grief rears up. I got very teary about not seeing my Mom and Dad, and May was packed full with gigs, family stuff, birthdays and general merriment. In hindsight perhaps a little too packed, and a bit of me is relieved to have the … Continue reading Managed May and the Ballad of the Bees
Amateur comes from the Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’ – one who does something for love. The modern definition is less wonderful, describing an amateur as a person who is incompetent or inept at a particular activity. Curious how it is no longer enough to do something just because you love to do it. The response I … Continue reading On being an amateur
Seven years of M.E. means I've learned a lot about the impact of being isolated, and I've put together some thoughts and ideas that might be helpful over the coming weeks.
One of the most curious things about my anxiety disorder is the way it alters when things are really bad. My limited science brain thinks it must be adrenaline taking over – perhaps protecting me from really feeling the intensity of panic. That’s not to say I’m not afraid. I am, like we all are. … Continue reading Safety
I had a feeling joining my new course Approaching your writing with a beginner’s mind would be a positive step and I was right. Since it started I’ve had a prompt each day, and each day I’ve been writing. Now you may be wondering why I need a course, when there's so many writing prompts … Continue reading It’s working – and so am I
One of my prompts for “Approaching your writing with a beginner’s mind” was to imagine an alien describing earth. Perfect timing – I've had two outings this week, (I only left the house once in the whole of January) and I always feel like a detached observer, especially when it's been so long since I've … Continue reading Stepping out
A new month! February is a month I like. I love Valentine's day, with all its kitsch commercialism ( and before you start I know you don't need a special day to say I love you, but it's fun), I love the snowdrops, and first shoots of daffodils, and seeing the new brightness in the … Continue reading Peeping