Tag Archives: Family

Choosing a Headstone

“At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.” ― Arthur Golden.      It was with a degree of incredulity that I walked along each row of upright headstones, yesterday, simply looking.  So many graves.  So many names. 

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Creating a Distraction

     It’s fair to say that I am in the midst of a particularly bad flare up of Parkinson’s symptoms.  I’ve spent the majority of the last three days in bed; the cocoon of my duvet and the unrequited promise of sleep.  At times, I thought this hostile flare up might never come to an end.  Thankfully, today it

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A Touch of Frost

“But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.” ― Victoria Logue.        May can be a tricky month, here in Suffolk, for growing.  Back in London, April was the month in which frost might make an unexpected guest appearance and damage anything that had been planted but here, on the Suffolk

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Coping with Uncertainty

“Everything can change in a heartbeat; it can slip away in an instant. Everything you trust, and treasure, whatever brings you comfort, comes at a terrible cost. Health is temporary; money disappears. Safety is nothing big an illusion.  So when the moment comes, and everything you depend upon changes, or perhaps someone you love disappears, or no longer loves you,

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Like This

Like standing in the rain on New Year’s Eve. Like picturing the perfect year ahead. Like the rain brought something hard to believe. Like a reality that I would dread. Like the rain falling so hard that it stings. Like the rain has also blurred my vision. Like I question my perception of things. Like each day demands a new

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Decide Upon Your Future Memories

“Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can’t even cry.” ― Charles Bukowski.      A few days ago, I received a telephone call from from my lovely cousin, telling me that her mum had died!  This was a complete shock, not least of all to my cousin, for her mum had shown no

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Portrait: My Sister-in-Law.

“Happiness is going shopping with my sister-in-law. She’s got the traits of my husband that I like, with the added bonus of her love of shopping!” – Anon. In my latest practice at portraiture, I thought I would try to paint my sister-in-law.  She won’t thank me for the end result; something of a caricature and an image that is

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Nerves and Bananas

  “Always take a banana to a party.” ― Steven Moffat.       The event had been planned for a few months.  Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night.  The hotel was comfortable.  As a team of

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