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Vine leaves, dandelions and serendipity ~ my thoughts on the TAP conference There is a woman on the train with two small children. She’s beautiful, dressed in stylish clothes, her…

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Love poems you wish you had written #5 – John Keats

On this, the 14th February, I reach the end of my series ‘Love poems you wish you had written’ with one that most who know me would have anticipated from the very beginning. This poem still offers the John Keats reader much to think … Continue reading

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Sneaking in another love poem – ‘Love at First Sight’

For some reason WordPress has published my series of posts ‘Love songs you wish you had written’ in a funny order – Billy Collins at #4 went up before #2 and #3. So, that having happened, I thought – sneak … Continue reading

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Love poems you wish you had written #3 – Julia Copus

I have written before of the wonderful Reading Matters group I was, and still am, lucky enough to be part of (we call it ‘Reading Still Matters’ now that the Royal Literary Fund have moved on to other projects). The … Continue reading

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Starting as I mean to go on…

Next week I am taking what is, for me anyway, a really significant step. I have to believe it is a step forward and although it is not exactly brave, it is taking all my courage to move further along a path … Continue reading

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Mental health guest post: on surviving using self-help strategies….

Editor’s note:  Dandelions and Bad Hair Days has brought me into contact with some really interesting and honest writers and Melanie is definitely one of them. She is a freelance writer, mother and is currently working on her first novel. Recently … Continue reading

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‘Health anxiety’ or ‘hypochondria’? Fear or phobia, it’s a killer…

Perhaps my title exaggerates; perhaps it doesn’t. All I know is that whether you worry at every possible sign of illness and go to the doctors, or worry about illness and avoid the medical profession until a crisis occurs, these are … Continue reading

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The start of a new collection? Guest post: Trish Hurtubise talks mental health…

Introduction Dandelions and Bad Hair Days: Untangling lives affected by depression and anxiety was published on 10th October 2012. Regular readers of my blog will know that many of the pieces in that book started life as guest posts on … Continue reading

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10, 9, 8… Now the ‘clocks’ really are counting down for Dandelions and Bad Hair Days.

Well it is definitely happening now. No longer an idea, or a manuscript or a virtual, social media entity. Dandelions and Bad Hair Days is a physical book – with a cover and everything! It has an ISBN number, a … Continue reading

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Temps Perdu – on deja vu and Dorothy Parker

I have been experiencing some odd feelings of deja vu in the last few weeks. Trying to explain them to a friend, I struggled and frankly  sounded slightly odd. Perhaps this was because in every day terms we have come to use … Continue reading

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