I dream that I am on a train. At first, the train is just a means to an end - I am stuck on it, I am escaping something else - but then my subconscious realises the glorious potential that being on a train can offer. No more bad weather, failed connections and terrifyingly dark,... Continue Reading →
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. - Albert Camus
Once upon a time I learnt to knit. Or I tried to, anyway. I'm not sure why I decided to ask a friend to show me how it worked. Perhaps I was just taking an interest in her hobby, which sounds a little shallow or something, but I long ago learnt that most people have... Continue Reading →
Whether mental or physical, illness comes with a barrage of baggage – how you see it, how others see it, how society sees it. Is it naive or simplistic to hold out for a cure? And who does a sanitised view of illness really benefit? Food for thought.
I feel that in writing this post, which has been brewing for a long time, I am saying something that some might see as controversial. So let me start by making something clear. This post is not intended to criticise the work of the big charities – I am a proud member of Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and have undertaken both paid and voluntary work for both organisations. I have also volunteered for Time to Change and made a TTC pledge at last year’s Mind Media Awards. A huge amount of good work is being done on a daily basis to challenge public perceptions of mental health and to normalise discussions of the topic. Time to Change is entirely right to highlight just how peculiar it is that mental health stigma continues to loom so large given that a quarter of the population is thought experience some form of…
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There is a fundamental flaw to chronic illness; it is perhaps what I, personally, rail so hard against with Mongrel Beast. It cannot be 'solved', it cannot be 'fixed. No matter how hard I, or anyone else, tries. Here's a blog post, which I stumbled upon, on the very subject: Living with Addison's Disease: Fix... Continue Reading →
Maybe it's the easiest thing in the world to say 'oh, if there's anything you need...' but what do we mean by that? Do we mean anything other than that we're expressing a vague sentiment of fellow-feeling, sympathy, pity, interest, concern ...? I don't know. Maybe it's a bit like that other chestnut that we... Continue Reading →
[picture to follow when both computer and myself are feeling somewhat better; please check back!] I never quite 'got' the grandfather clock song, it didn't make sense to me that the clock just stopped when the old man died; clocks aren't sentient, even if they can be sensitive, so how could the clock 'know',... Continue Reading →
Wise words whether it's our response to food or a more general attitude: Moodscope: Don't yuck someone else's yum..