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;…

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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 the…

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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’…

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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…is…

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Bringing in the romance

Just to set the tone for Valentine Day here are a few books and films that I have loved over the years. For those who love nothing more than to snuggle up with a great story: The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald: obsessive, and unrequited, love Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte: love through trauma, toward eventual…

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New coin rejection: politics or punctuation?

On Friday this week a new 50p coin is to be issued. Not any run-of-the-mill coin – or should that be run-of-the-mint coin – but one to commemorate the UK beginning its departure from the European Union. For whatever reason it is being issued the bottom line is, it’s a coin. It’s money. Small change…

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