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Single at Christmas, loneliness, helping others, helping oneself and don’t wait for New Year’s resolutions!

Christmas Grotto Amanda Green Sandra Dean

I have found myself saying to people how I look forward to Christmas being over. Then, today, I realised this was terribly negative and unhelpful. It’s just that I have been feeling a bit lonely and alone in my troubles. Oh yes, I might be a counsellor, but

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The D word ‘Dementia’ (Vascular) and mum

I popped in on mum and dad the other day. Mum, increasingly, thinks it’s a long time since she saw me. That makes me very sad. And, although she has always had lots of mood swings, her moods are changing much more differently now, as we also have a lot of tears in the mix

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Let’s talk loneliness

It has been talked about on TV quite a bit lately and classed as a health hazard; even being compared to causing similar physical damage to that of a smoker of fifteen cigarettes a day when considering it as a risk factor for early death.

It’s hard to believe in some respects, but loneliness is

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Sunday reflections on a tough seven weeks

Oh my word, it’s another rhyme! I am finding writing this way suitable for portraying recent events…

swans and signets in the local park lake

 

Care homes, hospitals, seven weeks of much despair,

Love, hope and strength abound as I pulled at my own hair

I’d given that habit up long ago, recent

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The subject of age – how much do we really think about the elderly and getting older? Empathy or ignorance? And what about us?

I am being forced, if you like, to think about age. Together with ‘death’, and ‘time’, it’s another topic I usually try to

Me at 41

avoid. They make me anxious, sad and far too thoughtful. But, my parents are ageing quickly, it seems, since losing certain things in their lives and being forced

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Hooray for today! I’ve just been to my local volunteering centre for my initial appointment – Volunteering options are great! I start Friday!

I’m so excited I had to write about it straight away!

Oh my gosh, I have just come back from my appointment at the local volunteering centre and I have so many options now – I’m even starting a little job this Friday!

The interview, with the very lovely lady who manages the volunteering roles

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