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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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“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald      I have been watching the news, this evening, on television.  I cannot be sure, but there is a possibility that I will be one of the 1.5 million people who will receive a letter telling me that I have an underlying health condition that makes… Read More

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     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

     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

Part One: The city lights are so revealing. He’s not in control and doesn’t care. He cannot hide the way he’s feeling. The sleazy street lights render him bare. Across the street the hot guy’s dealing. This type of encounter would be rare. His poison lips are so appealing. He knows of the risks but will he dare? Close heat and drugs then leave him reeling. The dance-floor a palpable nightmare. Sweat… 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 appear to be stuck in a room. Outside there is a village meeting. I hear sounds of joy and groans of gloom. My chance to leave was only fleeting. The villagers are gathered next door, To discuss community issues. My need for dinner grows ever more. All I have are pens, pad and tissues. You see I was here doing my job, Counselling clients throughout the eve. At home my dinner… 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