Advertisements
Wordsmith's Notebook

Archives

This is Dean writing. My cousin Ray and I have an interest in art and creativity. We’ve decided to pool our skills for some collaborative work together. The first project will focus on the beautiful beach town of Sandown, on the Isle of Wight. Sandown is going through considerable change and development. It’s historic grandeur is evident in the beautiful architecture, much of which is Victorian. This collection aims to take a… Read More

Advertisements

Like standing in the rain on New Year’s Eve. Like picturing the perfect year ahead. Like the rain brought something hard to believe. Like a reality that I would dread. Like the rain falling so hard that it stings. Like the rain has also blurred my vision. Like I question my perception of things. Like each day demands a new decision. Like the rainfall forms my very own tears. Like the colours… Read More

     It’s almost 5am and here I am, sat at my computer but in a very, very different new year than the one that I had expected.  Perhaps it is a dream?  If it is, then it is the worst nightmare ever.  Perhaps there’s some confusion in my head, caused by Parkinson’s Disease?  Yet, I am surrounded by people who show the same pain on their faces and I am receiving… Read More

“A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows ‘Wordsmith’s Notebook’. Your support and interest are greatly appreciated. I love reading your comments. Thanks so much for participating. Don’t forget to come and join me on Facebook and at Instagram, Twitter, Ello and You Tube. Best wishes for a wonderful 2020!” – Dean G. Parsons.

     A few days ago, I received a telephone call from from my lovely cousin, telling me that her mum had died!  This was a complete shock, not least of all to my cousin, for her mum had shown no signs of anything suggesting that this awful event was imminent.  My aunt was such a vibrant person; so very alive and filled with the spark of mischief and adventure.  Only days… Read More

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

     The event had been planned for a few months.  Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night.  The hotel was comfortable.  As a team of people who had also the bonds of family and/or friendship between us, we had enjoyed a lovely meal, a few drinks, a lot… Read More

     A simple, and yet delightfully personal, way to make a gift for someone is to make a scrap book for them.  For example, I am making a gift which is of a small scrap book that will be filled with a selection of themed photos that will, I know, have a lovely meaning for the person I am gifting them to.      All you need are the following items,… Read More

     It takes time to get used to living your life in three hour stages.  After my diagnosis of Parkinson’s, in 2017, I was initially given medication called Madopar; co-beneldopa.  This provides levodopa and that enables my brain to produce dopamine.  Parkinson’s gradually kills the part of the brain that produces dopamine and so this boost helps to restore the functions that otherwise increase our disability.  It only works for as… Read More