Tag Archives: childhood

‘Parenting is such sweet sorrow…’

I am feeling drained at the moment. Sleeping badly; feeling physically creaky; eating all the wrong food again after five weeks on a healthy eating blitz: it is no wonder that my emotional reserves are in the human equivalent of … Continue reading

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Learning to love the rain again – Nettie’s story

Editor’s note: After a short break, we start the second year of monthly mental health guest posts.  For November I have secured a moving description of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Nettie Edwards, a hugely talented digital artist … Continue reading

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The mystery of the missing grandmother – or ‘O Bessie. Where Art Thou?’

I wrote this post last year and although I have recently discovered a little more about the strange dynamic of the Hardiman family I still cannot trace my Grandma. There are hints that as ‘Bessie’ she might be the daughter of her … Continue reading

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Wordsworth, Whistler and a Waterloo Sunset – the beauty of London Bridges

  The Thames is a river that takes me on imaginative journeys, some of them reflecting my real life and others a dream world that I have inhabited regularly since I left London in the late 1980s. From the Oxfordshire … Continue reading

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How do we heal ‘mental illness’ – Psychotherapy in action

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of monthly mental health guest posts. This month we have an expert opinion from the wonderful Anna Colgan, a Core Process Psychotherapist & Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner.  Anna was trained at … Continue reading

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The Eurovision Song Contest – you’re awful, but I like you….

A cheesy title for a cheesy subject, but I couldn’t resist it. I have just been out to buy a lot of nibbles and a lot more alcohol and tomorrow from 8pm this household is going to par -tay. Seriously … Continue reading

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Dandelions and bad hair days

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of monthly mental health guest posts. This time we hear from writer Vivienne Tuffnell. Vivienne is the author of  the book Strangers & Pilgrims, blogs regularly at Zen and the art … Continue reading

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The Grand National: or When is it time to end a family tradition?

This is an unplanned post, one of those I am prone to put out in response to an event that causes me to think deeply about an issue of importance to me. As I write, the BBC are once again … 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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Gallery 38 – White: Its been a bad year for our noses….

……but a great year for making snowy photographic memories. This is a post for week 38 of The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. The theme is ‘white’ in honour, or otherwise, of the snow and ice most have us have experienced … Continue reading

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