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Mental Health Awareness week and the Nemetona Programme

It’s Mental Health Awareness week starting today, and there's something I want to say about that. This last year or so, with all that it has brought, has probably made most of us far more ‘aware’ about our own, or others’, mental health than we have been before.  Perhaps for me it has to some degree been ‘business as usual’, ...
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The Joys of Lex in Lockdown

Lockdown joy number one for me has been all the stories about the wonders of people’s experiences in their local natural world: though why they didn’t get it before, I don’t know.  But an equal joy has been the nearly as many stories about the wonders of people’s reading experiences: though why they didn’t get it before, I don’t know ...
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Seeking Winter Colour

As the banner image above illustrates, the starkness of leafless trees, low winter sun, and ice-blue skies can be beautiful. I love the subtle colours and patterns of winter, but it's February now... it's only two weeks to March, and it's been a long, cold and hard winter following a difficult year. So I'm seeking colour. I find myself picking ...
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But is it art? Writing for therapeutic purposes

As a psychotherapist, a writer, and a facilitator of writing for therapeutic purposes, I am sometimes lucky enough to receive written pieces from individuals (all women, up to now…) who are, often, asking me for my opinion about their piece in relation to the emotional issue they are working with. This has been happening for several years now, since I ...
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Positive Solstice News

Almost the Solstice… just nine more sleeps until the sun turns and starts its journey back to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. I’ve been a little S.A.D. inclined for many years now, although the Devon sea-light and warmer temperatures of my previous five winters has really helped. This year, though, is my first North Yorkshire winter since I ...
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Midsummer Midnight on Mousa

First, an acknowledgement here for this photo of Mousa. Not at midnight, but beautiful nonetheless. Now, the story: not the repeat trip I'd planned for this year, obviously, but from a few years ago. It's the 21st June - Midsummer - and eleven fifteen in the evening. Apart from an overnight ferry trip across the Bay of Biscay, I’ve never ...
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Can there really be a New Normal?

As part of the Guardian’s A New Normal series they have a short online survey where you answer questions about your post lockdown attitudes towards flying, and travel generally, and to what extent lockdown may have impacted on those attitudes. I decided to fill it in, just because there was still coffee in the pot and I couldn’t be bothered to ...
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Arriving at the frontiers of feeling: my life as a reader

The Guardian Online has a ‘Bookmarks’ weekly newsletter to which I subscribe. Once every few weeks or so it runs an article called ‘Books that made me’ where they ask a well-known published writer a series of book-related questions, such as which books influenced them, or  made them laugh, or which ones they’re ashamed not to have read, and so ...
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