About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Where creativity reigns

The heart and soul of our home is the kitchen, where most of my creativity emerges, whether it be in the form of writing, or cooking; it is the center of the household. I always have pen and paper at hand for I never know when inspiration will arise. Listening to others talk often triggers a thought or poses a question and I scribble down a few words to remind me for later.

Having some ladies over for brunch the other day, was a lovely way to spend the morning. One of the ladies walked in with a big smile, much to my delight, holding a wisteria plant. I think wisteria is simply beautiful when in bloom, its large lavender coloured pendulous flower clusters are magnificent. Although this stunning climbing vine sadly only blossoms for a short time in the spring, but it's just so magnificent, I have longed to have wisteria in my garden for years. So gently with much love and care, I planted this little spindly looking new addition to the garden, in the hope it will flourish along with everything else and I look forward to the spring when I'll be able to enjoy its full beauty. A number of plants in the garden were brought as house-warming gifts from family and friends, and as I watch each one grow, slowly covering the walls with a carpet of green leaves and blossoms, I am reminded of each person who has unwittingly become part of my enchanted garden.

Although I post my blogs at 07:00 each morning, I have been sitting out here in the garden enjoying the fresh morning air since 04:30 and will watch the sun rise. Parkinson's often robs me of a full night's sleep, despite the medications I take to help me rest. No doubt later on this morning, I will tire and possibly need a cat nap in a chair. It's simply too much effort to get back into bed again.

After receiving so many comments on my highly controversial article last week, I felt compelled to explain in more detail Gaucher disease; so I hope you'll take a moment to learn more and take a look at The Huffington Post

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