Category: Journal

Hedge Sanctuary

I have been thinking, today, about how well our cottage garden is developing as a habitat for wildlife.  Certainly, it has been our intention to create an environment that will attract and nourish the natural ecosystems.  Wildlife and nature need help, these days. I believe that connecting with nature and the environment is fundamentally important…

Autumn Garden Veg Patch

With the onset of the autumn season, it is time to start clearing the garden up from the summer activities and putting the structures in place for planting and growing for the cold seasons and into spring, in the new year.  Over the last year, I have not done much in the way of gardening,…

Naming the Writer

One of the aspects of being a writer that I am currently contemplating, as I sit at my desk with a cup of coffee, is the idea of a pseudonym.  I’m not wholly comfortable about publishing work in my own name.  I write this blog in my real name and that is okay but, at…

Words in Cryogenic Suspension

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” – Saul Bellow. From midnight to 3am, while my village falls silent and stars twinkle against the vast blackness of the sky, most people around me travel to the ‘Land of Nod’.  That is where they experience adventurous…

It’s Good for the Brain

Today, I posted on my professional Facebook page about physical well-being and how that benefits psychological health.  Here is the excerpt from my Facebook page: Dean’s Facebook Page In my role as a psychotherapist, I highlight the merits of physical activity and physical well-being in relation to maintaining positive mental-health.  There is much research that evidences…

Dear Conservative Govt.

Today, I need to share something about how appalled I am at our Conservative Government.  I was shocked, recently, by a decision affecting my mother’s care.  Our Conservative Government and Conservative Local Authority, continues to make the rich in our society richer, while cutting back vital support for the poor and disabled.  Our Prime Minister…

I Virtually Did

At the end of each day, before I eventually sleep, I like to reflect over what I achieved that day.  Today, while doing some reflective thinking, I realised something about what I achieved yesterday.  I wonder if you will identify with this? I went to work to meet with my clients.  I didn’t actually leave…

Writing the Future

“Everything you can imagine, is real.” – Pablo Picasso. I received some lovely feedback from the tutor of my creative writing course, today.  My latest assignment was to write a play for radio.  I was particularly looking forward to this course module, for one of my writing ambitions is to write plays for the radio;…

Fictitious Identity

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemmingway. Today, I am reflecting on how to develop my writing career.  I am about to start the fifth of fourteen modules in my Diploma in Creative Writing course; which runs for over a year and completes…

A Societal View of Tess

I recently re-read one of my favourite books.  As I sit at my desk today, savouring my coffee, I thought it would be enjoyable to write a brief review of this much loved book.  It is one of Thomas Hardy’s (1840 – 1928) best loved works; ‘Tess of the d’Urbevilles’.  This story’s main protagonist is…