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“My Granny Likes to Stand on her Head”, 

with short reflections on growing older? 

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In their Own Words” is available free here.

 

My Books : Stories from the Heart

​My current books are all on very different subjects, but each one involves people telling stories from their heart. Each is about ‘how it feels’ to be in a particular situation:

  • living with AIDS at a time when there was little treatment (Wise Before their Time)
  • working in end-of-life care (Life in a Hospice)
  • being a grandmother (Celebrating Grandmothers).

All use the words of real people, taken from interviews, to communicate very directly with the reader, rather like a TV documentary.

There is a page for each book, where you can read more about it, including readers’ reviews. Please press the cover of each book below, which will take you to this page. Alternatively, you will find this page in My Books in the grey banner above.

 

Wise Before Their Time Life in a Hospice Celebrating Grandmothers
    
People with AIDS and HIV talk about their lives Reflections on caring for the dying Grandmothers talk about their lives

I write a very active blog which you can view here

Just to whet your appetite, here are some short extracts from the latest posts

  • THE COMPLEXITIES OF MODERN COMMUNICATION - When those of us who are over-sixty were young, there were very few ways of communicating with people who didn’t live nearby. There were handwritten letters (remember them?), there was the house phone, and, in an emergency, there was a telegram. Getting one of those was an event – often...

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  • RECHNERSCHMERZ - Do you experience enormous aggravation when things don’t work properly – and, more disturbingly, break down? I don’t mean important things like your medication or even local transport. No, I mean the computers and numerous appliances on which we all increasingly rely. At one point or another, they tend to...

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  • EATING OUT - Until we all went into lockdown – the ‘before’ period that feels like another time altogether – I used to love to eat out. Although I am a moderately good cook (and my husband a willing sous-chef), there is so much to be said for it. Making an Occasion First,...

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  • LIFE ENDS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE - I heard an expression the other day that stopped me in my tracks. It had the ring of a famous saying, although that turned out not to be the case. But more importantly, it had some real profundity. It said, simply, “Life ends in the middle of a sentence.” Getting...

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  • ABOUT TIME - Time is a very strange phenomenon. For most of our lives, we don’t have enough. We struggle with children and jobs and housework and think “If only I had more time, I would get on with…” whatever it is we hope to do. Even in our older years, days seem...

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  • REMEMBERING CHILDREN’S TV OVER THE YEARS - In these new and – as everyone says – ‘unprecedented’ times, we are all stuck indoors, with a lot of time on our hands. I don’t know about you, but I am watching a lot more television than usual. This has made me reminisce about all the good programmes I have...

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  • HOW DIFFICULT CAN IT BE TO BUY A MOP? - Do you feel that you spend too much time on life’s trivia? You know the sort of thing – dealing with gas or electricity bills, coping with computer or broadband problems or just keeping the household running okay. A certain amount of time is acceptable, but sometimes there is a...

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  • ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? - People who go everywhere by car may have many complaints – traffic, the price of petrol (gas), or finding a parking space. But at least they can expect to travel in comfort. Many of us, however, are dependent on buses, trains, and subways (known as the ‘underground’ or ‘tube’ in...

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  • FEELING OUT OF DATE - Do you remember when you thought your parents were so out of date, it was almost embarrassing? They didn’t know anything about the music you listened to. And all sorts of words that seemed really sophisticated to you were unknown to them. Well, the world turns, as we know, and...

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  • THINKING ABOUT DYING - This article was first written before the coronavirus struck the world. It has even more cogency now. Death and dying do not make for a jolly subject of any conversation, but it is part of life. And none of us is getting any younger. Is death or dying something you...

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