Wordsmith's Notebook

Monthly Archives: February 2018

To our Tory PM, with dismay. I find myself wracked with disgust. Your team’s letter arrived here today. The contents are simply unjust. Your Government must simply not know, Parkinson’s Disease has no cure. Many symptoms are hidden from show. Each day is a trial to endure. My neurologist saw me last week. He assessed my symptoms with skill. He observed my movement and my speech. Examples of how I am ill…. Read More


As many of my readers who are, themselves, living with Parkinson’s will know, we patients have to attend a regular consultation with our Neurologists to discuss how we have been doing and to monitor for disease progression.  Today, I attended my second review appointment.  This time, to help save me a longer journey to Ipswich Hospital, my Neurologist offered to see me at the very charming little country hospital in the nearby… Read More

“The more I expect, the more unhappy I am going to be.  The more I accept, the more serene I am.” – Michael J. Fox. One of the most common difficulties that I see, in other people with Parkinson’s, is frustration.  Indeed, I see this in myself at times, too.  Frustration that comes from having expectations we cannot fulfil.  We may expect to be able to complete the most simple of tasks…. Read More

The winding pathway reveals the passage of time with aplomb Portraying nature’s cycles on its paved and pitted surface Each season’s portrait depicted in perfect detail None so priceless as the pathway in pure gold leaf. Autumn rainfall pours into potholes of impure puddles The plip, the plop, the splatter and the pattering of rain While pleasing breezes push away the clouds Plentiful golden leaves form pleasing shapes and patterns. Beneath piles… Read More

A pathway of autumnal glow When Nature bows her head for rest. While trees prepare for season’s flow Like rust upon what summer blessed. The morning dew drops hang like gems As chill winds cause crisp leaves to fall. Such a welcome the pathway lends To all the people one and all. Who can resist to kick the piles Of golden foliage so deep? The sound of rustling all the while Nature’s… Read More

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemmingway.     Today, I am reflecting on how to develop my writing career.  I am about to start the fifth of fourteen modules in my Diploma in Creative Writing course; which runs for over a year and completes this coming autumn.  I have already completed four modules and written my first short story… Read More

Identity is a significant subject for people living with a chronic health disease/illness or disability. For some, the chronic health problem or disability is with them from birth.  In those cases the person’s identity, as being someone living with a chronic health problem or disability, is more likely to be formed earlier in life.  Here, the person has to encounter the reactions of people as they go about their life.  They are… Read More