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     It may feel like lock-down has been in place for weeks and weeks.  It may already even feel as though lock-down has been going on for months and that you are going stir-crazy.  Well, there are some simple things to remember, that will make each day at least bearable, while the lock-down is in place. Follow this simple 5 point approach: Create structure.  Put a few things in place that… Read More

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It has been several months since I have reported on The Art Shack.  As a group, we have been unable to meet since December.  This has been due to the death of my beautiful mum and then the onset of the Coronavirus in the UK and all of the disruption that it has brought to our lives across the country. This does not mean, however, that individual group members have not been… Read More

For just a moment Is it wrong to want to die? To avoid the pain That I’ve faced within my life? For just a moment Is it wrong to want to die? To avoid the hurt And the loss that makes me cry? For just a moment Is it wrong to want your dream? To avoid the grief And live happily again? For just a moment Is it wrong to want to… 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

“Hi.  If you experience distress caused by thoughts, feelings, emotions and/or behaviours that are related to stress or anxiety, then you may want to purchase my ‘Mindfulness with Dean G. Parsons’ course. I am building a series of podcasts, each of which can be stand-alone or used in the form of a course, which will teach you how to embed Mindfulness into your life in order to reclaim your sense of calmness,… Read More

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     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

     With the progression of Parkinson’s Disease giving me a powerful kick or three, this year, I have deteriorated more than I had expected and certainly my new neurologist has said that Parkinson’s is now at ‘fast progression’.  Nothing exemplified this better than the number of times that I have fallen and almost fallen this year.  One area, in particular, stood out to me a a hazard; our bathroom.    … Read More

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