Musically speaking, it’s week 7

Some of you will know that my husband bought me a harp for my 70th. A 29-string lever harp to be precise; they are also known as a Celtic harp, or a lap harp, or a minstrel harp. I could say that it’s because of lockdown that I’m having to use online lessons. And to…

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Embracing the Art of Well-being, with very little effort

Do you crave a simpler life that makes you content in your own space?You’ve heard of Hygge? Well, now there’s Swedish Mys …

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World Mental Health Day

The parallel universe of mental health. It’s 2019 and the theme for World Mental Health Day is Suicide Prevention. How is mental illness perceived? Alongside the diagnoses are the words people use to describe us. Fear? Confusion? Lack of knowledge? Misinformation? Whatever the reason, mental illness is often not understood. And if the illnesses are…

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Today’s not getting any better…

but at least I know things will improve. Soon. Many people don’t have that luxury. I am humbled by that knowledge. My problem? I’ve been feeling unwell for a few days. Physical stuff. Until I can get to see the Surgery Practice Nurse I won’t know if it’s tonsillitis or not. In the meantime I’m…

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When the struggle is brushing unbearable, part 3

Reason to go on: Bloody-mindedness Wanting to be back teaching but without the relentless pressures I’d had in my last post, I applied for positions with little responsibility outside my classroom. Even so, I only managed 12 months. In my second post the bullying by senior colleagues, over just one term, pushed me to the…

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When the struggle is brushing unbearable, part 2

Reason to go on: External Pressures Urged by family and school I applied for a place at Uni and even my psychiatrist thought university would ‘do me good’. One day I was on a hospital ward in Essex, the next I was being driven to the digs in Glasgow someone had arranged for me.Two more…

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