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Day 1. My friend, artist, Tina Hannay suggested I go bigger! So, this time the head pretty much fills the A3 sheet. Here’s my first effort. Come back each day and check my progress. I am hoping that each portrait will show some improvement! My first observation is that they eyes are not quite the right shape yet and the right side of the face is a little large.  Still, this is… Read More

    I have long wanted to make a space, at home, for art and crafting.  It is nice to reflect over achievements and this morning I am enjoying having progressed one of my goals.  We are fortunate to have large sized bedrooms and our guestroom is where I have my writing desk.     While I am still developing the ‘writing den’ aspect of the room, I have now achieved my… Read More

Good morning from a wet Friday in England. We have ten days of stormy weather arriving today! Still, the rain keeps these islands green and lush. What are your plans for the weekend? Try my 10 point plan this weekend and let me know how you get on. 1) Chat with at least one person, in-person. 2) Make a kind gesture for at least one person. 3) Spend at least 15 minutes… Read More

    I am reflecting over my current writing projects.  One of them is a project that is turning out to be as enjoyable as it is challenging.  Initially, the idea was for me to write a small collection of poetry related to my relationship with Parkinson’s Disease.  As I have been writing the poetry, what is emerging is an autobiographical work that reveals aspects of my life. Interestingly, it is my… Read More

I was thinking, today, about the extra financial costs that come from being a person with a disability.  I had received a small catalogue of helpful mobility items and useful gadgets that help with tasks that were once so simple.  For example, battery powered jar openers, tin openers and bottle openers as well as gadgets that help with fastening and unfastening buttons and zips, in clothing.  There are so many very helpful… Read More

    One of the aspects of being a writer that I am currently contemplating, as I sit at my desk with a cup of coffee, is the idea of a pseudonym.  I’m not wholly comfortable about publishing work in my own name.  I write this online magazine in my real name and that is okay but, at the moment, I feel uncomfortable about putting my name to anything I publish for… Read More

Today, I posted on my professional Facebook page about physical well-being and how that benefits psychological health.  Here is the excerpt from my Facebook page: Dean’s Facebook Page In my role as a psychotherapist, I highlight the merits of physical activity and physical well-being in relation to maintaining positive mental-health.  There is much research that evidences how regular exercise, healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle improve cognitive function and increase the ‘happy’ chemicals… Read More

Over the last week, I did something rather extraordinary, for me!  I signed up to membership of our local Leisure Centre! I now have access to use of all of the facilities; including gym, pool and the various classes that run from there.  I have ordered some new gym wear and I have booked myself in for the first of three one hour sessions with a Personal Trainer, later this month.  … Read More

Aaron Beck (born 1921) is known for further developing Cognitive Behaviour theory.  I have found that he is known to have developed studies and clinical observations of clients, in the 1960’s, in relation to the treatment of depression. Beck became known for having further developed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a ‘Model of Depression’.  The aim of this was to enable a client to change their unhelpful and unhealthy thought processes into helpful… Read More