• Disability issues

    How do we change attitudes

    Disabled people are not another species I started this Blog with no clear idea of exactly what I was going to write about. The idea was that I didn’t want to be defined by my disability. The thing is, I have since realised that it is so much a part of my life – it IS my life – that I write everything from the perspective of a disabled person. When I read the newspaper to gain ideas and information for my writing I am instantly drawn to disability issues. Inevitable? Probably. Two news stories caught my eye today. Although they are different, they both relate to how disabled people…

  • Disability issues

    Living the very best life you can

    What we can learn from the Stoics I read an article two or three days ago about how Stoicism can help you be the person you want to be. I took quite a lot from it and considered how I could apply it to my own life Under the heading ‘View from above’ the writer suggests re-evaluating ones life; perhaps in the evening, you review your day and how you feel about things that may have taken place. He writes: ‘How many times have you had a conversation or an interaction with someone and thought afterward “oh man, I should have said that”, or “I wish I hadn’t done that”?‘…

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    Ferrante’s Storytelling in a Global Age — Public Books

    Today Europa Editions publishes Elena Ferrante’s Key Words, by Italy’s foremost Ferrante scholar, Tiziana de Rogatis. Key Words takes the acclaimed Neapolitan Quartet beyond its Italian origins and connects it to the trends and networks of global literature. (Public Books.org). Ferrante’s Storytelling in a Global Age — Public Books For anybody who has read Ferrante anything written about her is interesting. Follow the link above to read more. She is an enigma, as no one knows her real identity. It’s hard to believe, in the 21st Century, that anyone can keep themselves and their whereabouts secret. You would think that someone, somewhere would have found her and splashed her over…

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    Hello again, hello

    That’s a line from one of my favourite Neil Diamond songs. Just popped into my head as I was writing hello. So, welcome to my newly designed blog. I hope it’s crisp and clean and easy to navigate. If you have any thoughts please leave a comment. It may yet need tweaking. It’s actually a day late going live. After a lovely family weekend, my plan was to complete it yesterday. Well best laid plans……. I’d just set everything up, computer in front of me, stylus poised when wham! We had a power cut. We waited…waited…. hoping it would come back on. Then an engineer appeared on the doorstep, saying…