Wild Animals seeking love and kisses: rhinos, penguin, shark!,..

… wolves, lioness, bear, chimps, pangolin, monkeys, deers.wombats. Documentaries showing various people and their love for wild animals and their response to them, has been shown on English tv. I  was so moved by the stories and the important point being the animals remembered the people that had cared for them – and  in one case after twenty years! Think hugs and intimate kisses in all cases, and lots of love. A woman in Australia looked after some wombats and had her favourite (always there’s a favourite in the group).  Time came for them to be put back into the … Continue reading Wild Animals seeking love and kisses: rhinos, penguin, shark!,..

Virginia Woolf – surprise match of feelings

I have been reflecting on the newness of my feelings recently and then came upon a quote from Virginia Woolf’s diary which expressed similar.  The snippet quoted was brought to my attention by the wonderful blog: Brain Pickings, which I highly recommend. “Odder still how possessed I am with the feeling that now, aged 50, I’m just poised to shoot forth quite free straight and undeflected my bolts whatever they are. Therefore all this flitter flutter of weekly newspapers interests me not at all. These are the soul’s changes. I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s … Continue reading Virginia Woolf – surprise match of feelings

Creativity and “The man who knew infinity.”

Where does your creativity come from and similar questions? Thoughts about creative authority mingled in my mind this week along with seeing the film about an Indian mathematician: The man who knew infinity. Pre first World War, a young Indian man, Srinivasa Ramanujan, from low caste (no food, no home) and naturally without an education was able to write down, or rather intuit unfathomable maths. Eventually he was called to Cambridge university and was finally awarded a fellowship. That’s  after being abused for most of his time here for being variously: Indian, too clever, shirking the war. He died so … Continue reading Creativity and “The man who knew infinity.”

The pleasure of being read to.

Full of Grace – book and accompanying CD by Patricia Mahoney. Patricia told me that people were writing to her telling her that the stories were triggering memories of events from their own childhood. A friend’s mother was moved to take the book into retirement homes to read the stories to residents enabling them to recall and share memories of similar feelings from their youth. Patricia’s book has an enclosed CD to capture the experience of being read to. The pleasure of being read to never goes away. Full of Grace written and read by Patricia Mahoney. Available at: http://www.tivertonbooks.co.ukContinue reading The pleasure of being read to.

Swinging Sixties and ‘Wild Watercress.’

The myth of the swinging sixties was the headline in the Daily Mail, last week. Was it all sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, they asked? Well, not for everyone… for Lisa the long-haired, skinny, teenager in my latest novel, ‘Wild Watercress,’ nearing completion, it was more ghastly sex and lively Ska music, which kept her going after drugs and the girl gangs of London’s Portobello, had almost defeated her. The decade was one of tremendous change which came fast from 1962 through to the summer of love in the Haight, San Francisco in 1966 which is where my character … Continue reading Swinging Sixties and ‘Wild Watercress.’