Category Archives: Mental Health

November 02

Remember mental health

[Recently diagnosed Dyslexic- please excise any typos or grammar issues]. Yesterday was All Saints’ Day and today is All Souls’ Day. These are celebrated in various ways around the world. People attend services, light candles and visit their dead. In particular I am drawn to the Mexican traditions of ‘Day of the Dead’, which were […]

August 30

The digital self and boundaries

  I am writing this on a bank holiday Sunday afternoon. The dogs have been walked at one of our favourite places pictured here in the glorious sun, the house is scrubbed, online church done, incense and candles are on, and I am gearing up to peel myself off the sofa and head back out. […]

July 05

Smoky rooms of melancholic men

[Pictured is the now demolished ‘Blood Tub Hotel’, formally known as the New Dock Hotel, Birkenhead]. I didn’t realise how much I like pubs or relied on them,until COVID-19 shut the world down. Firstly, I rarely drink alcohol, and when I do it is whilst hosting friends at my house or dinners at theirs.  Apart […]

July 14

Maria with the Red Hair

After I left sixth form, my dad died. After my undergraduate, my husband was in a coma in intensive care. And after getting my Ph.D we have had lots of family health problems and other traumas to contend with. Academia has been the last thing on my mind, and I certainly have a lot of […]