‘Sleepizza’

Do you find yourself wide awake, in the small hours of the night? Here in England, in my final few days before I leave for three months in France, I find myself in my third night of insomnia. For the last two nights, I slept only at 6am through to 9am. So, I am doing... Continue Reading →

In the Darkest of Times, There is Still Light.

(Warning - this post contains a graphic description of the death of a pregnant woman in Ukraine). I feel physically sickened. Nothing symbolises the despicable cruelty of President Putin more than the death of the beautiful pregnant woman and her unborn child. Imagine, you are this woman. You are excited about life and filled with... Continue Reading →

You’d Better Sit Down

One of the things that stops people with infirmity or disability from leaving their home is, you may be surprised to learn, seating!  Yes, I’m serious!  If you think about it, a lot of people with illnesses such as, for example, Parkinson’s may reach a point where going to the shops becomes too difficult.  One... Continue Reading →

Feeling a Bit Helpless

Sometimes, things happen to those close to us and there is nothing we can do to fix it for them. Right now, my mother-in-law is coping with living with cancer with having been told that no further treatment options exist for her. How I would like to take that away from her and see her... Continue Reading →

Recognising Depression

I wrote this article maybe ten years ago. Until 2019, I worked as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Signs of Depression. Depression can cause a variety of very difficult symptoms, for example; a sense of despair, helplessness, powerlessness, a lack of hope, a sense of being ‘stuck’, an overwhelming lethargy, cognitive confusion, behavioural difficulties, a sense... Continue Reading →

What Better Time for Creativity?

Ahead of the trend, but that simply means I am experiencing this for longer than most. It all started for me back in 2019. I had received a letter from the NHS warning me that my medications, for Parkinson's Disease, were on the list of medications that may come into short supply if supply chains... Continue Reading →

Just Like Old Times

Kevin and I were joined, at home, by two very dear friends this afternoon. They are Helen and Kim. It struck me just how long it has been since we have been able to spend a fair few hours of simple, quality time together. We realised that the last time we were able to enjoy... Continue Reading →

A Light Aglow in the Darkness

“The mist after rain, uninterrupted rainfall on rooftops, pitter-patter intellect. The thoughts I leave behind like footsteps.”- Chris Campanioni. The rain is falling heavily outside. I hear it falling on the trees in the small woodland beside our cottage, here by the untamed Suffolk coast; the eastern-most coast of England. On the roof of our... Continue Reading →

My Paradoxical Companion

I took a little step back from social media, of late. Sometimes I just want the head-space. Well, that is to say that sometimes life throws a curve-ball or two and then I just find myself wanting to withdraw and stay kind of still, while the mad world rushes on around me. This only happens... Continue Reading →

The Nitty Gritty of Us

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”- Henry Thomas Buckle. I was reflecting over what Focused friends means to me. I find reflective thinking is an important part of life. I feel we do not stop to think about aspects of our lives and our experiences, enough. Having reflected on... Continue Reading →

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