Short Plays for the Stage

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  1. MamaB
    January 11, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Dean.. I love your blogs and find your work extremely easy to read as it flows naturally.. I eagerly look forward to your future works.. keep up the good work & congratulations from a fan xxx

    • January 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      Hello MamaB, What a lovely message. Thank you so much for your interest and for taking the time to comment. I appreciate that. I will certainly keep the posts coming. Sending you good wishes, Dean.

  2. January 15, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Dean, what a well thought out post. The content of your post is absolutely something that needs to be shared within the Parkinson’s community. I find it very interesting reading your post this evening as earlier today I started an activity on Parkinson’s Road titled “ARE WE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP EACH OTHER?” and will hopefully continue each week until we have exhausted what members consider Parkinson’s problems and this will include the subjects of the renal system, bowel health, sexual relationships and end of life care are very rarely discussed. I see that Margaret is doing some research on issues of increased symptoms related to a woman’s cycle and menopause. I’m sure she will have some great input with respect to women health in the activity.

    I fully agree when you say keep talking, Keep sharing and have those difficult, uncomfortable discussions. I find it a great pleasure to read your articles. The next time I’m in England, we should meet somewhere and share a cup of tea.

    • January 15, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Thank you Phil and it is good to see that you are helping others to talk about the more personal aspects of their experiences. Thank you for reading and for commenting. Kind regards, Dean.

  3. January 28, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    The above article is, if I may say so is brilliant. As a person with Parkinson’s, I can see the fire, passion, and understanding you had while writing this article. As a writer, it is paramount that the story/article draws the reader in and captivate their full attention until the last word is read. You have mastered this task.

    Throughout the article, one finds themselves emerged in a treasure trove of valuable advise, but to summarize with “I think we do have a duty, to our relationships, to give the other person the opportunity to understand who we truly are. It is a risk. Conversely, not disclosing to those in your life that you have Parkinson’s is also a risk”, is what makes this article superior to others. I hope everyone on Parkinson’s Road will take the time to read your article. Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing.

    • January 28, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      That’s incredibly generous feedback, Phil. Thank you for your kind words. Dean.

  4. Jackie Unitt
    February 4, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Dean, I am considerably older than you, and diagnosed about 3 or 4 years. Inherited from my mother, who was not a good example to follow. My big regret is for my husband, who is 10 years younger. Now both retired we had so many plans. Now we can’t plan too far ahead, life is so spasmodic. Insomnia also a problem. I have to come downstairs so I don’t keep Paul awake!

    • February 4, 2019 at 9:41 am

      Hi Jackie, Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s a very difficult disease to live with, isn’t it. Parkinson’s is in my family, too. My great-aunt had Parkinson’s. She was my mother’s, father’s twin sister.

      It is hard on any couple, for sure. There are so very many impacts and so much adaptation is required both to daily living but also to plans, aspirations and dreams. I also find that you might make a plan but that, until you awaken on any given day, you cannot know what you can do until you know which symptoms you will face at the time.

      Insomnia is my nemesis. I understand how that affects so much and so I too get up and will often write, at night and into the small hours.

      I started developing my symptoms, and my search for a diagnosis, in my early twenties. It was a long and frustrating journey to the diagnosis, just recently in 2017, at age 45.

      You will, I am certain, have learnt to be a resourceful and resilient person. You’ll know yourself in ways you may never have imagined possible and, despite the hardship for you and your husband, the opportunity to become so very close and to view and value life in unexpected ways can add deep meaning to your relationship. I hope that is the case, for you both.

      Big plans may no longer be possible, but the wealth of what we can enjoy, through appreciating the simple things in life, can still be hugely fulfilling.

      I’ve faced this view of things throughout my younger years and so much has been closed to me in life as a result of my illness and the limitations it imposes on me. Yet, I consider myself one of the happiest people.

      Keep going. Keep interested in new things. Savour the simple pleasures. Connect with people and with nature. Take up new hobbies. Evolve.

      I wish you well. Dean.

  5. Pat cullinan
    February 4, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you for this post Dean , it is good to read . I’m 58 now I was diagnosed at 55 . At this moment I sleep most nights right through but I do have the occasional evening where sleep just dosnt come and for me that will be the most difficult symptom . I hate it really. As you say our limitations can be turned around into other positive achievements but I really am scared of how I will react if insomnia hits me like it does others. My dad and his sister had Parkinson’s I saw what they went through my dad had my mum at his side I live alone . Thanks again

    Pat Cullinan

    • February 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Pat,

      Thanks for reading and for your comment.

      I completely understand your anxiety about insomnia. It’s a very tough symptom. I have managed by moving my life around so that my mornings are largely clear. This gives me recovery time when insomnia strikes.

      There is good medication available from your Neurologist that can help aid sleep, resolve any REM sleep disorders and also resolve restlessness. Just inform your Neurologist or Parkinson’s Nurse, if the symptoms arise.

      Stay connected to others with Parkinson’s. It helps to know there are others who understand.

      You can do this. Best wishes. Dean.

  6. Jackie Unitt
    February 6, 2019 at 5:27 am

    My school motto was Upwards and Onwards. Pretty apt? Though at the moment I feel like Icarus,

    • February 6, 2019 at 10:20 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jackie. Perhaps you need a pair of wings, just like Icarus? Be mindful not to ignore the instructions that come with said wings, as he did!

  7. Di Wall
    February 20, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Hello Dean, firstly I just wanted to let you know that I do so enjoy your work and look forward to exploring more of your Blog. I am not a writer but I wonder if having a different pseudonym for each work would ease your discomfort about the name becoming more prominent than the work, and the subsequent ego-boost?
    To me it is a valid concern – I have to admit I do look for particular authors and overlook those less well known. I expect that if you want to use your writing as a commercial venture you may need to choose a name and stick to it, and believe me, your ego deserves to be just a tad inflated ! 🙂
    Best wishes

    • February 20, 2019 at 2:53 am

      Hi Di, I am touched by such kind feedback. Thank you. I appreciate that you read my blog and that you took the time to comment. You raise some good points and I am, since writing this piece, leaning toward publishing written work in my real name. That said, I suspect that I will always carry some discomfort about that. Best wishes. Dean.

  8. Jackie Unitt
    March 15, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Just tell me one thing Dean. It’s 2:41 am. Why am I still awake and not snoozing? I’ve had a very busy day and should be knackered!
    As for time, it’s relative. A good day goes very quickly, a boring miserable one creeps along. Actually, boring is probably longer than a miserable one!

    • March 15, 2019 at 2:50 am

      Hi Jackie, Perhaps we need to let go of linear thinking and see time in a different way? That may then liberate us from feeling we should be asleep at/by a certain time. Thanks for reading and commenting. Sleep soon…or take up writing 😉 Dean.

      • Jackie Unitt
        March 15, 2019 at 3:08 am

        Hi Dean, I am trying! Actually today we went to look at cars. I am a person who knows what I am looking for and makes up my mind very quickly. Paul is just the opposite. He hums and hars, thinks of every possible, or impossible, result, and puts things off! He is supposed to decide by tomorrow and go and order it. What odds will you give me it’s the one I like?


      • March 16, 2019 at 3:42 am

        So, Paul is cautious or an over-thinker? Good luck buying the car. I hope it works out well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Dean.

  9. Jackie Unitt
    March 15, 2019 at 3:15 am

    PS. Actually life is improving immeasurably. My consultant has prescribed patches. They are brilliant. I just need to remember to change it every 24 hours on the dot.

    • March 16, 2019 at 3:40 am

      I’m delighted that things are improving for you, Jackie.

  10. Casey Huisman
    March 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Dean: that’s a pretty deep topic for us humans. For some reason I have been thinking of this time thing as well. For one thing, the way we organize time most efficiently depends on where in the universe we are. I am no scientist either but I’m pretty sure the structure of time would change if we were somewhere else in the universe. Time on earth depends on the Sun and the Moon. Of course this is only the structure, perhaps not time itself. In addition, some theorists see the universe stretching to a maximum point just to go and become smaller again. Of course this takes billions of years, otherwise we’d be riding an elastic band. What does this do to time? I am just beginning a “great courses” lecture series (as a student) about the Old Testament. Yesterday I was introduced to the idea that the “Origen” stories in the Old Testament change the emphasis from place to time, thereby making humans more flexible. Sorry for droning on your article just caught my attention. Not the first time.

    • March 16, 2019 at 3:38 am

      Hi Casey, Thanks so much for taking the time to read my article and to comment on it. Your thoughts are intriguing, as is the whole subject of time. We both declare our lack of scientific knowledge, which is honest. I’m fascinated by your course and it makes perfect sense that we could revisit the ancient books from the viewpoint of time, rather than place. I have an interest in ancient history here in the UK. The neolithic pagans built great monoliths, I’m thinking Stonehenge and many standing stones sites, all with some connection to time. Indeed, Aboriginal Australians base their belief system on what they call ‘Dream Time’. Thank you for inspiring me to consider a new perspective for looking at our human story and faith. I wanted to say ancient history…but that now feels too linear! It’d be interesting to look at how language might change if we cease describing time in a linear way. I wonder what effect that would have on culture? I could go on… I’ll stop here. Thanks for sharing. I hope you will return to my blog and share your thoughts again, some ‘time’. I feel my lack of scientific knowledge on the subject of time, hampers my ability to explore the subject, in spite of my avid interest and curiosity. Do let me know whether you write a blog. I’d be interested to follow. If you do not, I think you certainly should. Best wishes for your course. Kind regards, Dean.

      • March 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm

        Hello again Dean: thanks for your reply. Just wanted to make sure I did not overstate the course I am taken. It’s really just a set of 24 lectures from a company called Great Courses”, a USA commercial outfit. You are probably familiar with this. It just involves listening to excellent lecturers; no tests or essays or interaction. I noticed they also have. Course called something like “physics of time”… also, since you mentioned Stonehenge; I find it amazing how those folks along with some others (Mayan I believe) were able to track time so precisely they could have a sunray showing up at excextly the calculated time. How did they calculate that with the instruments then available. Regards. Casey

        PS I have neglected my blog for a while due to illness. Feel free to have a look

  11. Helen
    April 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Interesting interview articl Dean – have an insight into Tina’s work and why she is the amazing creative artist that she is.

    • April 24, 2019 at 10:41 pm

      Hi Helen, Thank you for the kind comment about my article. I’m pleased you found it interesting. Yes, Tina is a great subject to interview. Her work is extraordinary and so it was interesting to explore how she perceived her own journey into becoming the artist that she is today. Her art show at The Cut opened this week and I am sure it will be well received by the local community and a stunning success. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Dean.

  12. Paul
    May 10, 2019 at 12:47 am


    • May 10, 2019 at 12:49 am

      Thank you.

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