‘There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast’

What is the Winter Solstice? Why should you care? This is not a Scroogey anti-commercial diatribe on the materialism of Christmas, you can work out your own feelings on that. But I think the Earth deserves some credit and due attention sometimes. And this day is a very special day for that. While most people are either hung over or rushing hither and thither buying up ill thought out stuff they don't need with money they don't really have, it is important to remember that today is also the Winter Solstice. Without it, pretty much all of the traditions we have at this time of year wouldn't even exist. The Winter Solstice unlike many made up religious events at this time of year is an actual thing because it is tangible and based on scientific fact. It really is the longest night and shortest day. You can feel it for sure. This year is even more ...

‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society’

By Thursday, August 14, 2014 0 Permalink

Over the last few days there has been increased discussion about suicide sparked by the sad loss of the American actor/comedian Robin Williams. I resisted discussing anything about what I view as a fact of life, and sat back only to find the outpouring was superficial and lacking in real knowledge. Such discussion needs considered reasoning based on experience rather than hypocrisy or pity. However, knee jerk reactions are generally lacking in any reason and based on misconceptions which do need to be addressed for any informed debate. Suicide is for many the epitome of autonomy and ownership over one's life. Therefore it deserves a decent discussion. His suicide while sad is no more or less significant than any other but it is the knee jerk social media outpourings about it which means that the topic gets the attention for this moment. Until the next 'thing'. Every day you can find a news item about a suicide ...

‘SAD’

By Saturday, August 31, 2013 0 Permalink

The acronym SAD  is commonly known for Seasonal Affective Disorder but it could also stand for Situation Always Difficult. August is a very difficult month for me, but in reality no worse or different than any other time. Life in general is pretty tricky most of the time. So why do things appear to have got worse just recently? I say 'appear', because we must always remember, even in the darkest depths of despair that thoughts are never real. To paraphrase Seneca, we suffer more from imagination than from reality. Though I will be the first to admit that seems hard to believe sometimes. The summer officially ended in August apparently.  Leaves have started falling from the trees, there is a breeze in the air which means going out without a jacket at night is not a good idea. Suddenly us girls face that tricky transitional phase where stockings look premature but bare ...

“Time heals what reason cannot…”

Nothing like a bit of Roman philosophy to answer all life's questions... Though I am not sure even Seneca's wise words can ease the turmoil created by bereavement. It is nearly a year since I lost my mother and I can in all honesty say that the heartache is worse now than it has ever been. Default look seems to be a bit lost, and deep in thought like this photo my partner took of me. The initial shock and horror at realising I was so alone was at that time immediately knocked aside by the many and varied tasks that ensue from death. Probate matters, funeral arrangements and all the sad tasks which constitute 'tying up affairs' truly took care of my day to day existence. My character means I love paperwork and order so this was no difficult chore. When at last these seem to come to an end, what is ...