Category Archives: Random musings on family life

Six years of randomness – blogging a writing life

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say” Flannery O’Connor Six years ago today I started this blog!! At the time I wondered if I would keep it going more than a week; … Continue reading

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How depression has been let down by the media: On Hopkins, Morgan & the battle ahead

I have tried so hard not to write this post. Don’t get me wrong – it is not through any feelings of shame at admitting my years of battling depression and anxiety (anyone who knows me and this blog will … Continue reading

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Love poems you wish you had written 2015 #3 – W. B Yeats

Well, haven’t I had some wonderful suggestions for this series of love poems for St Valentine’s Day and beyond? Donne, Auden and now Yeats. This one, I have to admit, is one that I have loved since my teens, with … Continue reading

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Love poems you wish you had written 2015 #2 – W.H. Auden

For the second of my posts, specially written as we approach St Valentine’s Day, I focus on a poem by W.H. Auden. Anyone who has seen Four Weddings and a Funeral will know the poem which starts ‘Stop all the … Continue reading

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No need for endings yet: a poem for late summer by Jennifer Grotz

A poem by Jennifer Grotz to celebrate late summer before the autumn equinox
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On the 11th hour – Wilfred Owen & a most moving poetic parable

The 11th of November, and Remembrance Sunday were days my father held above most others. Some of my earliest memories involve standing to attention by the black & white television in the back room as ┬áBig Ben chimed, the guns … Continue reading

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A little tooth shows us a big, big truth….

This is something of a random, impulsive post; but I just had to share with you a wonderful poem that was introduced at the reading group I attend. We are lucky to have the poet Julia Copus running our group … Continue reading

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