Recognising Depression

I wrote this article maybe ten years ago. Until 2019, I worked as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Signs of Depression. Depression can cause a variety of very difficult symptoms, for example; a sense of despair, helplessness, powerlessness, a lack of hope, a sense of being ‘stuck’, an overwhelming lethargy, cognitive confusion, behavioural difficulties, a sense... Continue Reading →

What Better Time for Creativity?

Ahead of the trend, but that simply means I am experiencing this for longer than most. It all started for me back in 2019. I had received a letter from the NHS warning me that my medications, for Parkinson's Disease, were on the list of medications that may come into short supply if supply chains... Continue Reading →

Just Like Old Times

Kevin and I were joined, at home, by two very dear friends this afternoon. They are Helen and Kim. It struck me just how long it has been since we have been able to spend a fair few hours of simple, quality time together. We realised that the last time we were able to enjoy... Continue Reading →

Focused Friends Favourites – Issue 5

Hi, this is Deano writing..... ...I must say that one of my favourite things is a person, my friend and colleague here at focused friends; Margaret S. Morton. I am LOVING this wonderful new 'Favourite Things' column and I am delighted to be able to contribute, after what has been a challenging year.Being my first... Continue Reading →

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2020

I had so many plans for progressing the garden, this year. I recall thinking about some of my plans, on New Years Eve, as I thought happily about the year ahead. Ten days later, my beautiful mum died! I lost all sense of time. My world changed. Initially, I was in such shock that my... Continue Reading →

Spooky Economics

The spookiest month, The time for Jack O’ Lanterns. While our farms go bust. Haiku poetry. (c) Deano Parsons. 2021. Header photo: Sloatgardens.com

A Light Aglow in the Darkness

“The mist after rain, uninterrupted rainfall on rooftops, pitter-patter intellect. The thoughts I leave behind like footsteps.”- Chris Campanioni. The rain is falling heavily outside. I hear it falling on the trees in the small woodland beside our cottage, here by the untamed Suffolk coast; the eastern-most coast of England. On the roof of our... Continue Reading →

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2019

A Troubling Start.Our cottage is centuries old. It is a 'listed' building; meaning that is has protected status and modifications cannot be made, externally. This ensures the building retains it's historical appearance. It is timber framed and all of the original wood beams remained in place. That is, until we discovered that the cottage was... Continue Reading →

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