Category Archives: Writing

Passion and joy

A lot can happen in a couple of weeks, even for a woman whose pace of life is very slow and outwardly uneventful. Since I last posted, I’ve changed my blood-thinning medication, thus freeing myself from dietary monitoring and restrictions. … Continue reading

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Elemental forces

My unit is on the top floor of a large three-storey complex whose floors spiral gently upwards in a roughly oval shape, fitting around old trees and allowing central space for lawns, gardens and places to sit and enjoy the … Continue reading

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Home

Last night, just before bedtime, I realised that there was nothing in my diary for today. That this would be the first day living in my new home when there was absolutely nothing I had to do. A shimmer of … Continue reading

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Pausing

I’m in the throes of sorting, culling and packing in preparation for my big move into a little retirement village unit. There’s been so much to do psychologically as well as physically, and I’ve been pacing myself carefully, making the … Continue reading

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Deep acceptance

What a quiet delight it is to return to my blog after more than a month away. It’s been a time of deep reflection, and of careful prioritising in order to make best use of what little energy I have … Continue reading

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Truly, I’ve been writing …

The story of my evolution post-stroke is taking shape, and has come alive in me. Hundreds of words have emerged; I’m adding to the manuscript, little by little, almost every day. The blog nudged me, though — it’s been feeling … Continue reading

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Neuroplasticity and lightbulbs

For the past year, I’ve been doing daily brain training exercises on my computer, with the intention of strengthening my undamaged neural pathways and developing new ones to compensate for those the stroke knocked out. I started with exercises (in … Continue reading

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Reconnecting

Everyday life and small energetic knocks and bumps have diverted me from my morning walking delights for a while now. My walks have been functional — to the shops, and to appointments, with only occasional ‘delight’ walks. And even then, … Continue reading

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Celebrating the first year of my new life

At 10am on Thursday 23 February 2012, life shunted me onto an unanticipated fork in the road. I knew straight away I was having a stroke — even though I spent the next twenty or thirty minutes resisting the knowing. … Continue reading

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Peace and beauty

Every morning, I sit at my table and write, freehand, a stream of consciousness spill. A morning page or so. There’s a bit going on at the moment — the first anniversary of my stroke is approaching, and on Wednesday, … Continue reading

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