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The nature of recovery

A week or so ago, I was quietly celebrating a small but noticeable improvement in my stamina. Not that my capabilities had really improved much, but I was able to stretch the boundaries slightly and bounce back from deep exhaustion … Continue reading

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Jacaranda time

outside my window vivid jacaranda joy tree spirits dancing  

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Waking dream

Attending the morning session of Joyce Kornblatt’s monthly writing workshop is a core aspect of my rehab practice, and one of the greatest joys of every month. Yesterday, we focused on myths and dreaming. Joyce spoke about the nature of … Continue reading

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Early morning, from my balcony

silent to raucous in wild cackling harmonies kookaburra dream  

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I spend a lot of time alone and silent

In some ways, I am frequently on retreat. A housebound, domestic retreat that challenges my spiritual and mental strength every day. Occasionally, my daughter goes away for a few days, or longer sometimes, and I can spend days without speaking … Continue reading

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More than meets the eye

When I was in hospital following the stroke, a writer friend brought me a sweet little rose bush in a pot. It was covered in blooms — I can’t recall what colour. But it was beautiful. My daughter took it … Continue reading

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Humbled by good fortune

After weeks of follow-up tests, some of them involving electric shocks and a very nasty needle, results are in. My neurologist was searching for further clarification re the location of the stroke I had in February. Turns out, I had … Continue reading

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There but for the grace …

Any one of us could become a refugee, a seeker of asylum – yet our elected representatives in this relatively peaceful, safe country find it more comfortable to apply hard-headed political ‘solutions’ to moral challenges thrown up by displaced, dispossessed … Continue reading

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Profound transformation

Around 10 am on Thursday, 23 February 2012, as I sat quietly concentrating on the manuscript on my screen, I had a stroke. My right upper lip went completely numb and I felt close to collapse. The next nine days … Continue reading

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