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…

Technology burns, or why I am taking so long getting to editing my novella…


I know, I've been pushing it. I've been alternating between a 2013 MacAir, a 2010 MacMini, and an Iphone 6s for my social media and other time-wasting.  They are definitely showing the strain. So today, as I finally got my mind together to edit, there were so many steps needed to get things organized I…

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/

Waiting for the Tsunami, or Stay the F at home, already!


I know, staying at home (potentially with fighting children or that spouse you were barely tolerating at the best of times) is gruelling. I know. I have an eternally shedding/hair balling cat and you haven’t lived until you are woken up six nights out of seven with that horrible retching noise, followed by a bloom…


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…