Category Archives: Family

You only have one mother…..

My mum isn’t well. She is unwell in that way we refer to those who are, officially, really old; ‘well she is 86 dear’; ‘things are just wearing out’; ‘well none of us go on forever’. Diagnosis? Why bother with one? It … Continue reading

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On St Valentine’s Day – Love poems you wish you had written 2015 #4 – UA Fanthorpe

So we come to the ‘big day’ itself. The 14th of February, St Valentine’s Day and apparently the most romantic day of the year. Of course, for many it is nothing like that, by circumstance or choice.  There is something … Continue reading

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What shapes us ~ nature, nurture or experience? A novelist’s view

Today on No Wriggling I am lucky enough to host a guest post from author Vivienne Tuffnell. Vivienne, who wrote for (and inspired the title of) my book, Dandelions & Bad Hair Days, talks here of family history in the broadest sense, … Continue reading

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Speaking to the dead: spiritualism, secularism & seeing the ghosts of the Great War

  Do you believe in ghosts? Can you trust in mediums who claim to commune with the dead? In Shell Shocked Britain I look at the rise of spiritualism during and after the First World War, examining why it experienced … Continue reading

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Talking Books on why we should all want ‘Little Creative Days’ for our children

What are seasons but children’s soft dreams, and Sunrise, their opening eyes? Seeing at a glance The days and years open…waiting, Fringed with softness, or Laced with abandon… (From Children’s Eyes and Children’s Toys by Elysabeth Faslund) This is SO late … Continue reading

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Tie a yellow ribbon round your own Barnaby…

First things first – apologies for the pun, but when I made the joke (paraphrasing the Tony Orlando & Dawn song circa 1973) to the nurse at our Vets she thought it was rather good. In fact we discussed how … Continue reading

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