When I find myself in times of trouble

Funny how one's own mind can feel so detached and alien, almost hostile at times like some menacing crafty interloper; so familiar and yet so eerily uneasy at the same time. All my life I had been convinced that this tiny Marian medal, which apparently I sported when my new foster family first laid eyes … Continue reading When I find myself in times of trouble

Few scuff marks, one careless owner

Forced to make a sleek sideways move again, this time though thoroughly enjoying the semi-cloak of invisibility offered by a new determination to no longer expose my inner workings such as they may be, to all and sundry whether they like to be privy to all that melancholy madness or not. Or as I put … Continue reading Few scuff marks, one careless owner

Here’s to happy coincidences

Went for nice walk to Downtown Wamberal, picked up PO Box items, popped into the Newsagents Extraordinaire ('This time next year we'll be millionaires', lamented with A. about the drought of any really good Indian restaurants here and together we shed a tear thinking about the last Brummy Balty we had in the Old Country. … Continue reading Here’s to happy coincidences

A resplendent day of unforeseen magic

Thankful, breathing easy in the knowledge that we are not alone. By any means .. Today, I received a most invigorating, intoxicating yet ultimately uplifting and inspirational message, the eventual outcome of which has yet to be fully unveiled. But what a feeling to be back in alignment with what I'd thought I'd lost. Or … Continue reading A resplendent day of unforeseen magic

Dawning of the age of thinking laterally

.. or how about some of these (s)experts try thinking outside of the box for a bloody change? Not being funny but how helpful really are these poncy pundits pontificating on something that actually for quite a few people could be a tad more vital than just another side-issue worthy of not much more attention … Continue reading Dawning of the age of thinking laterally

The bare essentials

Updates from Jessa, the Nude Blogger: NEW! Online Naked Yoga class now LIVE 🧘‍♀️  This week, I decided to teach a beautiful and nurturing gentle flow ✨ A flow designed to invite us to connect deeper with our body through slow and gentle stretches. A really beautiful way to induce stillness and calm. A magical opportunity to … Continue reading The bare essentials

Back to the drawing board for another Rorschach etch-a-sketch session

Sometimes it dawns on me with some force that, all things considered, the single most volatile element in my life is a reliably unpredictable character trait, which finds its origin in my own rather unorthodox way of seeing things. In other words, as I joked to my carer C. early last week, "You must think … Continue reading Back to the drawing board for another Rorschach etch-a-sketch session

Who cares? Well, plenty of peeps

Following the demise of yet another valiant attempt by my intrepid PD medical support team to dream up some labyrinthine cocktail of L-Dopa and assorted agonists that could offer muggins the semblance of a baseline quality of life, it was back to the drawing board again yesterday as my specialist explained some of the remaining … Continue reading Who cares? Well, plenty of peeps

Ignorance or the mind at rest can be bliss and then some

It's true. Sometimes for a split second, I forget it too. Perhaps I should try to re-connect with Heather in the New Year following our near-miss  meeting in San Francisco last year when I was in Silicon Valley for a telco conference and Heather was battling pre-speaking tour travelling logistics involving, among other things, infestations … Continue reading Ignorance or the mind at rest can be bliss and then some

Madopar, this is where we part ways

Well, as I told my specialist only a few weeks ago, my previous experiences with this popular PD medication which multitudes of People with Parkinson's respond well to by all accounts, have been 'Dante-esk' to put it mildly. 'A classical reference for me to start the week off with, Richard?' he answered with a thankful … Continue reading Madopar, this is where we part ways

Having myself a merry little grab for Lebensraum

Just preparing the cave for a summer hibernation. Pls don't be offended if I am incommunicado. Will need to make a lot of changes, e.g. might kill off the site as it's going nowhere fast and I don't have time to take my time. A project such as this needs exposure, feedback and interaction. With … Continue reading Having myself a merry little grab for Lebensraum

Smugness is as smugness does

Travelling around Europe about six years ago as a devastatingly awkward 18 or 19yr old, I enjoyed people everywhere saying, "Ah! Holland. Cruyff!" Over the years this turned into, "Ah, Holland. Van Basten, Gullit!" Somehow it never became, "Ah, Holland. Van de Kerkhof!" For me, the Boy from Watergraafsmeer will remain the best ever, no … Continue reading Smugness is as smugness does

The art of looking good while feeling utterly disposable

In a country where not that long ago but certainly pre-Turnbull days, it would have been quite feasible to find oneself downing a scooner in shorts and T-shirt (I won't say singlet) while standing at the bar of a hotel (read pub) next to the Prime Minister or other such exalted presence, equally dressed in … Continue reading The art of looking good while feeling utterly disposable

Needs must when the Devil drives

Live from the emergency department. Update to follow. Maybe .. In the words of Spike Milligan's epitaph: I told you I was ill .. First few days were very helpful. Lots of rest, good food and kind capable staff. Yesterday very different will address that another time. First time since I was in my twenties … Continue reading Needs must when the Devil drives