Focus on Fun

At Focused Friends, we believe fun and laughter are good for the soul. Make time in your day, to bring a smile to someone’s face. Be silly! Wear a wig! Do something daft! Tell a joke! Do a funny dance! Whatever it may be, find some way to have fun. Even if you are on…

Life’s Leafy Pathway

A pathway of autumnal glowWhen Nature bows her head for rest.While trees prepare for season’s flowLike rust upon what summer blessed.The morning dew drops hang like gemsAs chill winds cause crisp leaves to fall.Such a welcome the pathway lendsTo all the people one and all.Who can resist to kick the pilesOf golden foliage so deep?The…

Crack the Poetic Code.

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Colourful Windows

Something that tends to catch my eye is when a window is dressed with coloured glass. There’s just something so cheerful about the way coloured glass responds to light, in the space of a window. One example of this is from the window at what was Darham Nurseries; now sadly closed down, here in East…

Bhaktivedanta Manor

I fully expected that I would have to take off my boots.  As we did so, taking the lead from our friends, my partner, now husband, and I managed to cram our boots into the small racks that had been set up outside the entrance to the manor.  I felt sure that I would not…

The Importance of a Critical Mind

So many times, in recent years, I have picked up a newspaper and been confronted by evidently questionable facts. This is something I feel increasingly concerned about.  My concern is not simply that fake news pervades so many of our information sources, but more that we seem, as a society, only too happy to readily…

It’s Worry O’Clock

We will all experience varying degrees of worry and anxiety in our lifetime.  Here is a simple method of moving into an empowered position, over your anxiety.  This is highly effective at times when anxiety may feel distressing. Do not fight the feelings of worry or anxiety. Doing so may enter you into conflict with…

Vocalasation

Over the past few weeks, I have been experimenting with vocalisations. Following my attendance at speech therapy sessions, a year or two ago, my vocal difficulties have gradually returned. This is caused by Parkinson’s Disease. My speaking voice can go very quiet and mumbly, through to weakened or affected by stuttering. Before I see people…

Tess, From A Societal Viewpoint

 I recently re-read one of my favourite books.  As I sit at my desk today, savouring my coffee, I am reflecting on this beautiful book.  It is one of Thomas Hardy’s (1840 – 1928) best loved works; ‘Tess of the d’Urbevilles’.  This story’s main protagonist is a young woman called Tess Durbeyfield who, following a…

The Lifeline Paradox

“They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol. I am at my desk, as the clock fast approaches midnight, thinking about change.  Change is everywhere and it is somehow everything.  Ironically, change is a constant.  That is a fact that does not change.  No matter what is happening in…