For my grand daughter Portia: ‘Ward Seven’

I haven't blogged for months, perhaps a year, I have had writers's block and haven't been able to write my book either, but now it seems to be thawing, along with the weather in St. Petersburg where I shall be on Monday. It's been a hard day's work trying to get a 'business' visa released [...]

The Crow

And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:  and he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.THE TUILERIES, Paris.  COPYRIGHT JOHN HAYNES 2011

Is enthusiasm the opposite of depression…

I haven't felt like sharing my thoughts or logging in for months, but today there is something I want to share. I have been struggling, wading or fumbling into the pages of Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougement. His thoughts are dense and intense and it's easy to give up the effort [...]

Carnival, Ligeti, and James Ensor

Not feeling like blogging  - perhaps too much heady food is still being metabolised ... Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti , whose life experiences are painfully tragic to read about and seemingly without much respite but  from out of his cauldron of  sensation emerged so much creativity, wit, love and subversion... and then in the same [...]