Space Race Waste

At last. I am now able to say out loud what I’ve been banging on about (in private) for decades. All thanks to Prince William. This Earth of ours has so much more potential to inspire us with its grandeur, awe, beauty, serenity, bounty than space can give us. More than this – space will…

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Autumn

For Autumn colour I think Virginia Creeper is hard to beat. The vibrant palette is all in one place, it is long-lasting, and appears to know instinctively where to grow for optimum effect. It was planted on the North side of the garage and is very content, spreading its roots and its runners so that…

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – is this really the best we have?

According to articles from reputable publications cognitive behaviour therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for: alcohol and drug use dependency, anger problems, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder, depression, eating disorders, hoarding, marital problems.Also: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, perinatal mental health problems, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis.As well as: schizoaffective disorder,…

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CBT: criminal brain training

Twice this week I have read the words of intelligent persons extolling the virtues of CBT. That is twice too many. These are not scientists, nor psychologists, but individuals who have been shown the therapy, found it useful and feel compelled to recommend it to others. It may appear to be altruistic, but it can…

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Snowdrops Undaunted

Snowdrops are amazing bowing and weaving, delicately cleavingfrost-hard earth, heralding year’s rebirth silky smooth softest whiteemerging drops of pure lightnestled in tree foot’s dark decayrenewing promise of warmer days upright, proud, peerless standside by side, queens of the landsurvivors all, back from the pastsignals of shortening nights at last in desolate placesnow re-conquered spacesthese quiet…

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Reach Out – Today is World Mental Health Day

With this year’s theme “Mental Health for All” in mind, my focus today is ‘Reaching Out’. Over the past week I’ve shared my poems about my mental health, social attitudes to mental health, and medication.Today is about asking for help, finding my own positive strategies, and about survival. Alone, not lonelyWishing you nearI consider my…

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