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     I had fully intended to paint my village church, using acrylic.  Bear in mind that the only training I have ever had for art was at school in the 1980’s!  At the last meeting of the little art group, created with friends, earlier this month, I painted what was to be the background wash (is that even what you call it when using acrylic?) and I was pleased with how… Read More

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Taken from my You Tube channel.  In this vlog, I discuss aspects relating to the parents of those of us with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.

In my latest practice at portraiture, I thought I would try to paint my sister-in-law. She won’t thank me for the end result; something of a caricature and an image that is probably of a version of her twenty years older than she actually is!  That said, I rather like the end result because, for me, it captures her sense of fun.  Anyway, it’s in the eye of the beholder so we… Read More

     I am sitting at my desk and looking with delight at the glass window of the book case part of this old bureau that I write at.  Through the glass, on the shelves within, are colours and designs, on the spines of books, so familiar to me.  There are names that brought me great joy in my childhood.  I recognise familiar titles that bring a huge smile to my face,… Read More

Taken from my You Tube channel.  In this vlog, I discuss my journey toward reaching a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease and I recite some poetry from my book ‘A Look Inside’, which is available at Amazon, worldwide. (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.

From my You Tube channel.  In this vlog, having had to give up my career due to ill health caused by Parkinson’s Disease, I discuss the issue of duplication in applying for Government benefits. (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.

     One of the most difficult aspects of life with Parkinson’s is insomnia.  It’s a common occurrence to find myself wide awake and actually in a heightened state of alertness just at the time I plan to go to sleep.  Most often, for me, this happens as a consequence of dystonia; a symptom which is all about muscle rigidity, cramping and contorting.  Dystonia is an incredibly painful element of Parkinson’s.  Insomnia… Read More

Synopsis: On the twentieth anniversary of the tragic death of rising tennis star, Francesca Laing, two old friends meet in an explosive exchange of accusation and recrimination. Was Franny’s death truly an accident or was her devastating death caused by something more sinister? This is a short story, of the mystery genre, by Dean G. Parsons. Available at Amazon UK and in 240 worldwide territories. (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.