Aside 14 Oct

Today I ask for your forgiveness…

As a child, I snuggled in your fur…I wrapped my arms around your neck.

I played, in awe but fearless.

Pulled dagger teeth, poked  glassy eyes, grasped languid razor claws.

Hard plaster tongue & snout; lifeless, chipped, dusty.

Pelt limp, spreadeagled trimmed with felt, balding, bullet scarred & faded.

Bones broken, missing; Death.

I did not think of  you alive  White Tiger Skin Rug. 


 White Tiger waves




Funny how old things pop into one’s head!

16 Dec

Susan Boyle at her best…

30 Nov

Like and angel x

Artist John Lavery 1883…

25 Jul

At Langside

Mary, Queen of Scots at Langside.

Mary Queen of Scots Rosneath

Dawn after the Battle of Langside 14th May 1586.

Mary, Queen of Scots sheltering under the Yew trees at Rosneath. Did she ever visit Rosneath?

Shadow…our first & best Ferret.

23 Jul

Son James became interested in Ferrets as a young teen and his mentor Linda found him Shadow. A lovely, and probably deaf wee soul, so gentle and sweet, smelled of honey and very cuddly. He was one of 4 we had, twin females, very small, and one huge one who managed to escape. Here is Shadow…died a few years back & sadly missed x


The Bodyblade Classic…

22 Nov


Bought this Bodyblade Classic to work my upper body. A hearty workout for my arms, shoulders & neck…have only tried it sitting down so far, and keep it by my desk so I can pick it up easily at least once a day. Nice and refreshing to use, good bye bingo wings?


At last…the perfect way to stop smoking.

3 Nov


The Vype E Tank

Looks good, feels good with its smooth silicone skin, and gives a similar puff to cigarettes…NOT the HUGE VAPE of some high tech devices. Complete break from smoking by my friend Edward, and he now, after three weeks PREFERS his VYPE to the old smelly tobacco. Good job, well done.

Weeks have passed & still smoke free!!!

The Price of Insight

16 May

A Mind Divided

I'm OK

A prominent feature of  schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is anosognosia, a sick person’s unawareness that he is sick. — Algis Valiunas, New Atlantis, Winter 2009.

No one really understands why those of us with serious mental illness struggle with insight.  Current medical theory holds that it’s actually a core feature of our neurobiology.  It’s not that we’re in denial or stubborn—we simply can’t see.

This seems ridiculous to those observing from the outside as our behavior becomes more risky and disjointed.  But those are the times when our insight is most impaired, because anosognosia is also a symptom. We lose insight just when we need it most.

Lack of insight is relative.  It fluctuates as the illness fluctuates.  When we are in remission or in a more stable state, we can often see that we were ill.

Lack of insight is listed as the leading cause of non-compliance…

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