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Monday Morning Musings #9 – Putting My Oxygen Mask on First (not)

The next day, bearing a massive pink surgical burn plaster that I was not allowed to remove for four days, I visited my friend Nadine, who recently returned to the area. We had a great catch-up but when I got home she had sent me a stream of text messages reminding me to look after myself, to ‘put my oxygen mask on first’ and to slow down.

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Monday Morning Musings #7 – The Writer’s Soul

I regularly count my lucky stars. Living in The Hague as I do, I am reminded daily of how incredibly fortunate I am to live in a place of great beauty. The architecture, the canals, the pavement cafés, the cobbled streets, the plethora of parks, the beach, the sea… all this on my doorstep. I… Continue reading Monday Morning Musings #7 – The Writer’s Soul

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Monday Morning Musings #5 – Finding the words to say what matters

I have three books on display on my office that I've received as gifts during the last year: The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong The therapeutic value of writing has been clear to me for many… Continue reading Monday Morning Musings #5 – Finding the words to say what matters

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Monday Morning Musings #3 – Writing Through Pain

If you've read our book then you will know that my father underwent tests for prostate cancer and dementia last autumn and that both tests came back borderline. In December he turned 90 and we celebrated in style with family and friends. Eight weeks later everything changed. Cancer was confirmed. Vascular Dementia was confirmed. Pa… Continue reading Monday Morning Musings #3 – Writing Through Pain

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Monday Morning Musings #1 – Sharing is Caring

And so, randomly, Terry Anne, Bruce and Luke have moved next door for a couple of months. Yes, literally next door. They needed a place to stay, my wonderful neighbour was abroad for a while and the rest is history. It made sense to grab the opportunity of working together with both hands and so… Continue reading Monday Morning Musings #1 – Sharing is Caring