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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 … Continue reading Portrait: My Sister-in-Law.
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, … Continue reading Dean’s Weekend Stimulator
As I sit at my desk, drinking coffee, I am reflecting over a rather busy day, yesterday. I have increasingly noticed that, certainly since publishing my latest book, my online presence still needs 'fine tuning'. For a writer, it becomes increasingly important to create a brand identity. Mine is my name but, where … Continue reading A Writer’s Brand
I have a friend who has PD. His body shakes so constantly. I feel he has it worse than me. His bravery is plain to see. I feel a fraud without such shakes. Ashamed of any fuss I make. His body suffers seismic quakes. I admire him for all he takes. My friend is young … Continue reading My Brave Friend.
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 … Continue reading Pick Your Fight Wisely
"I remember an old woman with long white hair, in two plaits. She is sitting in a rocking chair, gently rocking back and forth as she watches the flames flicker in the fireplace. She has an old cream coloured, woolly shawl around her shoulders. Beneath that, a white blouse. She is wearing long, heavy, … Continue reading Our Suffolk Heritage
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 … Continue reading Naming the Writer
"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write." - Saul Bellow. From midnight to 3am, while my village falls silent and stars twinkle against the vast blackness of the sky, most people around me travel to the 'Land of Nod'. That is where they … Continue reading Words in Cryogenic Suspension
Today is a day with some considerable meaning, for me. It was exactly one year ago, today, that I met with my Neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. On that day I felt a mixture of relief at finally getting the clarity of a conclusive diagnosis after a twenty year search for answers, versus … Continue reading One Year On