Message Across the Pond: NW to NA

Over the past week or so I’ve come up with a personal mantra:Stay Well, Stay Safe, Stay Apart.I’d like to send these thoughts across the pond to some very special bloggers, and to those they represent. Lavender & Levity, stay well:this is a particularly scary time for those with compromised health issues, and painful backstories;Continue reading “Message Across the Pond: NW to NA”

Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The good I accept that it is nigh impossible for some to find any ‘good’ in these times when only uncertainty, fear, and death seem certain. Sadness and despair are not enviable constants to have in a life.By writing about the good that can come from this global crisis I do not wish to minimiseContinue reading “Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly”

Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The bad – but with the potential to be better Social isolation is particularly stressful for those who rely on going out in order to find company, connection, and care; the ones who live alone, or live with serious illness, their own or a loved one’s, those needing respite, the old, the frail, and theContinue reading “Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly”

Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The ugly: a warning Something popped into my inbox – uninvited – that I need to share.It was an example of the ugly side of social isolation that we need to be on our guard for. Subject line was ‘Could you be my soul-mate?’ and it was from a dating site.First off, the potential ‘soul-mate’Continue reading “Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly”

Gender vs Sex: why the difference is important

Historical usage of ‘gender’ and ‘sex’ When I was a teenager the terms ‘gender’ and ‘sex’ could be used to mean pretty much the same. Even so, it was more usual for ‘gender’ to be used in the linguistic context of feminine, masculine, or neuter cases. In the widely-used Modern English Usage (1926), Fowler stated,“Gender…isContinue reading “Gender vs Sex: why the difference is important”

Nature’s fading bounty

In all of nature’s bounty I think the flower whose fading transcends its inherent beauty is the tulip. As the petals open there comes a quiet revelation of its exquisite inner soul. Perhaps of all the tulips the pure white is the most perfect.Delicate. Elegant. Stunning. Do you have a favourite Spring flower? Or aContinue reading “Nature’s fading bounty”