Last night I went to Manderley again, or how excavating one’s old writing can be a godsend


Pandemic blues. That’s what I put it down to, the lethargy caused by being trapped in place, uncertain of the future, a bit frightened of it, eating way too many carbs all day and they waking at 3 AM vowing to do better, only to rewake at 7 and head directly to the carb cupboard.…

Conflagration, or oh help, la!


I can't bear it. I am beyond the ugly crying stage and right into the moody despair phase, and I can't seem to shake it. It's that being surrounded by bad things you can't do anything about feeling... The riots in the US and the return of Black Lives Matter protests (followed by the expected,…

Seeking meaning in this isolation, or which book should I read next?


I have a rather extensive pile of TBR books languishing on my shelves and in my various e-readers (which I prefer for nighttime reading as I can take my glasses off and pretend to be young again). My cunning plan (thanks Blackadder) was to plow through a bunch of them while we are all quiet…

This difficult time.


I'm breaking. Every day there is another tragedy... first, the Corvid-19 pandemic, killing so many, so unexpectedly, so horribly, then the execution of those lovely people in quiet Nova Scotia towns, and now, a terrible training accident, killing a crew from our precious military. I am getting to the point of screaming at the media…

Evaluating…or those artists who self-isolate in the woods – did it work for them?


So here we are, heavily into the pandemic, learning how to talk to ourselves just so we can test our vocal muscles. I am following the advice for keeping a car running, and taking my voice out once a week for a trot around the verbal block. Cat remains unconvinced. For my part, I am…

Alone, so very alone


It's hard not to love Despair.com, especially in these times of comprehensive aloneness.  They hit the nail right on the head.  A few years ago they had another Demotivator that had a picture of a broken chain, with the title Dysfunction - which plays a lot in my head these days, lemme tell you, as I perch…

Guest post: social distancing – Multiple Sclerosis Research Blog


Guest post: social distancing – Multiple Sclerosis Research Blog — Read on multiple-sclerosis-research.org/2020/04/guest-post-social-distancing/


This is definitely NOT okay. Once again, in addition to making life miserable for the disabled, this leads to bigger problems down the road as people who were doing well at home become sick and have to be moved to the hospital. Bad on all fronts. Please request that home care be made an essential…

Read for free…or trying to do my bit during this madness


Okay, how many of you have a scratchy throat at just the mention of coronavirus? I'm sitting here with my MS and immune system malfunctions and etc and I probably can talk myself into a case of something, even as I keep myself inside. I am avoiding contact, trying to keep from adding to the…

Advice to Book Borrowers (Book Inscriptions)


The following are some book inscriptions found on old books warning book borrowers to return the books that they borrow: Neither blemish this book, or the leaves double down, Nor lend it to each idle friend in the town; Return it when read; or, if lost, please supply Another as good to the mind and…