An inaccurate Map of our Pain:

From Gabor and Daniel Maté’s new book ‘The Myth of the Normal’Contrary to what I, too, used to believe, a diagnosis like ADHD or depression or bipolar illness explains nothing. No diagnosis ever does. Diagnoses are abstractions, or summaries: sometimes helpful, always incomplete. They are professional shorthand for describing constellations of symptoms a person may […]

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

At the moment all we have is Hope and Science to get us out of this contagion. “Hope” is the thing with feathers –That perches in the soul –And sings the tune without the words –And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –And sore must be […]


February inspiration. Photograph by John Haynes

First Jigsaw

Lockdown blues and boredom lifted by collaboration and challenge.

Word of the week if not the month

Weltschmerzto feel world-corona-weary … a sense of melancholy.Freud’s great work Mourning and Melancholia comes to mind as does Durer’s woodcut

Fear of Needles

Word of the week:Trypanophobia the reason for many vaccine refusals.

Swallows returning on anniversary of Lockdown March 2020

Swallows have been figured in myth over centuries. They represent birth/death/rebirth/fertility/ and Hope.Shakespeare observes:True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings. Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.Pandora – the contents of whose box only too literally reminds me of COVID-19 – also knew the importance of Hope.These swallows painted by Jan van […]