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THE DREADED BLOCK

THE DREADED BLOCK

When Creative Block Catches Up With You Let me start by apologising for my uncharacteristic silence lately. I am well aware that July and August were more than a little lacking on the blogging front. I could launch into a million and one excuses; tell you about the...
WELLNESS COCKTAIL

WELLNESS COCKTAIL

Where I’m At At the end of last month, I wrote about the magic ‘R’ following my first positive appointment with my consultant in a very long time. Since then, I am learning that (not to take the sheen off the good news) remission doesn’t feel...
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

Would it really smell as sweet? I want to preface this post with the headline that there is good news contained within. It is a long, long while since I have had something really positive to share, so I am going to enjoy every second of the process. You may remember...
CARETAKER

CARETAKER

Everyone has the capacity to care for something or someone; it is part of our human makeup. Whether everyone has the capacity to be a caretaker, however, is a different matter entirely. (Just to clear up any confusion – I am not referring to a buildings...
FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON WORLD IBD DAY

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON WORLD IBD DAY

I find it very apt that World IBD Day falls on May 19th, my late grandma’s birthday. Grandma was a writer and literature lover; her favourite poem was ‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph. For those that don’t know it, the poem speaks of being an old lady...
SILVER LINING

SILVER LINING

How do you find a silver lining? We have all heard the phrase: every cloud has a silver lining. What does it really mean and how do we find our own silver linings when everything around us seems grey? In my experience, they tend to appear when I least expect it. It’s...
JUST FOR ME

JUST FOR ME

What does that even mean? For me, there are certain behaviours that seem to come instinctively: caring for other people, being busy, working all hours of the day and night, maximising every single moment so there isn’t even so much as a minute being wasted. That’s all...
TOLERANT TIMES – OPENNESS IS THE KEY

TOLERANT TIMES – OPENNESS IS THE KEY

If we want to live in more tolerant times – openness is the key. In both my professional life and personal life, I spend a great deal of time with children and teenagers. Whether I am directing them, tutoring them, workshopping with them or performing auntie...
FACING FEARS

FACING FEARS

People often describe me as fearless which is obviously not true. I understand why this trait is attributed to me, but I would say not risk-averse or courageous are more accurate descriptors. As an actor, writer or any kind of self-employed creative professional, it...
JUST LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE

JUST LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE

It’s just like riding a bicycle is a phrase used to determine something that is almost impossible to forget once it has been learnt. As an expression, it is all well and good. Unless, of course, you never had the courage to learn to ride a bike in the first place like...
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