I looked out of the train window and saw a heron flying high above me, its wings and neck outstretched. The train guard didn’t see it so it was private moment, not to be wasted, asking, “did you see that?”, knowing that he didn’t and also missing it. So I drifted away from the mundanity […]Read More Heron
This!!!! “Show up. Keep showing up. Somebody successful said: 99% of success is just showing up.” On his 68th birthday, Kevin Kelly shares 68 bits of wisdom. 68 Bits of Unsolicited AdviceRead More 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
Until the mid-1800s, doctors didn’t wash their hands. They believed diseases were spread by bad smells. This is the story of doctor Ignaz Semmelweis,… The surprising history of hand-washing – BBC REELRead More The surprising history of hand-washing – BBC REEL
I have just watched the first episode of the Hospital Corona Virus special. It was not pleasant viewing, but is in my opinion, essential viewing. It should be less of a political issue and more of a humanitarian one and those in the medical profession are best placed to tell this awful story. Amidst the […]Read More Who should tell the story?
Last night, Dad came to me in a dream. We were on a journey. Trying to locate something, I’m not sure what. Maybe some fuel for a car or a place to stay. I was in a public toilet, and I was being sick, violently sick. It was a reddish colour and Dad was asking […]Read More Watching Over Me
How am I? Angry that he left the party early… glad that he didn’t suffer a long illness… grateful that we welcomed him into our family and he had the best of times with me and my family by the sea and at home in the city in his many community choirs, writing groups, drama […]Read More How are you?
Everything looks different today. Last night, my Dad checked out. …. Too early. I know he wasn’t done yet. I’m pretty sure he joined every Salford community group there is: guitar, writing, samba, drama… we took him to see Airto at the Band on the Wall last year and he managed to find himself in […]Read More He wasn’t done yet
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/08/mother-of-three-year-old-is-first-in-uk-to-be-convicted-of-fgm Whilst it’s right that the perpetrators of abuse should be prosecuted, I find it disturbing that the news coverage is peppered with references to witchcraft. This is moral panic, moving us closer to the tyranny of censorship and ‘right thinking’.Read More
Andrea Avery’s talent as a pianist appeared when she was a child. So did her arthritis. Her inspiring new memoir tells her story. — Read on blog.arthritis.org/news/spotlight-andrea-avery/ Listening to a podcast called Soul Music last night, I heard a number of people talking about what Schubert’s B flat Piano Sonata meant to them. I was […]Read More Andrea Avery: Composing My Life – News