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Blog to Blog, Yankee Candles and why I’ve gone off Gretchen Rubin

By on Jun 21, 2018 in Blog Posts, Cancer, Video, Winter | 0 comments

Today it’s all about trying out the theory that smell can improve our moods.

The Bloody Aftermath

By on May 30, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Cancer, Video | 3 comments

Last week the kids of Crawford College North Coast took us over the finish line in terms of collecting 364 units of blood for The Bloody Birthday Challenge. For me personally, though I wasn’t only looking for blood, I also set up the challenge to try and heal after Josh’s death. I recorded this clip to consider whether it’s been successful.    

Will they be forgotten

By on May 27, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Cancer, Writing by Chris | 6 comments

Chris shared some of his writing with me this morning:

Hardship hasn’t make me a better person.

By on May 16, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Cancer | 3 comments

Our shelves are bursting with “I am a victim off…” stories. These stories are important. They let the author tell their own story and they let us, vicariously, live it too. We seem, though, to have blurred the lines between what is entertaining/educational and what is instruction.

Driving in rain

By on May 7, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Cancer | 3 comments

I’m driving, always driving. It’s raining. It’s always raining. Sometimes: The rain is torrential. The windscreen wipers flip back and forth at such speed that I am sure they will detach from their housing the fly off across the highway. The drops of rain come down hard and fast; flung furiously from the heavens. Wind howls around me and the car shudders under the onslaught. Each raindrop is so big; it must, surely, contain a cup’s worth of water. I pull over, on the shoulder, and wait for the rain to pass, cringing as the weighty splash back from passing trucks is hurled against me again and again. Sometimes:  The rain is heavy and constant for so long that I forget it is there. My mind wanders to other things. For a moment (a minute, an hour) I think my thoughts and the rain is gone. And then something – maybe the texture of the rain, or a bump in the road or even just my mind itself...

Beware of the miracle (and the snake oil salesmen)

By on May 2, 2018 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 1 comment

Cancer, contrary to what Hollywood tells us is no simple matter of clean living or genetic testing. It is about complexity and nuance and statistics.