Coming of age

I wrote yesterday about change, self-discovery and better knowing oneself, and it lead me to think about the popular idea of 'coming of age'. I'm left with a question: How many times can a person come of age in a single lifetime? Obviously there are the traditional landmark events - consent, drinking, adulthood - which… Continue reading Coming of age


The more things change…

smokey self-portrait

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. For a long time I didn't really understand this quote, attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr and meaning the more things change, the more things stay the same. Honestly, I still don't think I do, but it has a ring of truth? credence? awareness? about it, particularly when… Continue reading The more things change…

New Year: Time is Seamless

“New year non-weather. Wet. Dank. Grey. Chilly but not winter cold...I have never ‘done’ New Year. Time is seamless. Months, days, weeks, years are artificial, man made things, so what are we celebrating?Susan Hill, Jacob's Room is Full of Books So begins Susan Hill’s (author of The Woman in Black among many other things I’ve… Continue reading New Year: Time is Seamless

Reading Recommendations


I am ending the year in the same way as it began: by the fire with a book. There is no question that I have done more reading than anything else this year. I have always been a voracious reader, greedy for fantasy escapism early on, then historical fiction and more recently finding a home… Continue reading Reading Recommendations

My Pain Awareness Month

distant gaze

I had decided I wasn’t going to mark pain awareness month at all but the more I thought about the reasons why I wouldn’t, the more I realised they were actually reasons for why I should. I’m not going to write “my chronic pain story”. Nor am I going to explain how mental health has… Continue reading My Pain Awareness Month