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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 me, it captures her sense of fun.  Anyway, it’s in the eye of the beholder so we… 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

    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 I would usually just list myself as Dean Parsons, my author identity is Dean. G. Parsons.  I… Read More

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 to suffer so. Yet he’s full of ‘get up and go’. I’d like to spare him from… 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

  “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, dark skirts with underskirts.  She is dressed in immaculately clean, black lace-up boots but the heels and… 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

“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 experience adventurous dreams.  While creatures of the day snuggle down, for rest, Mother Nature sends forth life… Read More

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 feeling a sense of terror at what this new reality would mean for me. What an incredible… Read More