Fiction Friday Photo by Mourad Saadi on Unsplash For five straight minutes, Maia held a breast that wasn’t there. She cupped her hand where her left breast should be and stared at herself in the full-length mirror. As she cradled it, she reached into that space and touched the skin with her right hand. Her fingertips brushed the withered stump of her breast and worked their way in small circles to where her nipple used to be. The scar was dappled and hard, like old leather, but around it her skin was translucent and felt like it would puncture if pressed too hard. She switched over to her right breast and explored […]
I will literally make a mix CD for anyone that sends me their postal address. Patreon supporters are preferred, of course, because postal costs are insane. But I’ve done this for my Twitter friends in the past. I even sent them Christmas cards. So I’d gladly send music to a music lover anywhere the world over. I don’t expect you to take me up on this offer but it is genuine. The sad truth though is that most people don’t trust each other enough to disclose their postal address. Nor should they. I take my privacy and personal safety very seriously and expect others to do the same. I’ve had […]
Why would anyone try to get over losing their job by using the same coping strategies that they’d use for a breakup? It’s a completely different type of relationship. Work pays you to be there. Work pays you to work. Otherwise it wouldn’t be work. Work doesn’t love you unconditionally. Work doesn’t care about you. Work doesn’t hold your hand. Work doesn’t try to make you laugh. Work doesn’t try to laugh at your bad jokes. Work doesn’t long for you. Work doesn’t want to know about your day. Work doesn’t kiss you or want to be kissed by you. Work doesn’t make love with you. Work doesn’t give you […]
Music is everything. I fervently believe in the power of music. Anyone who loves music I consider a friend. Regardless of what music they like. It means that they have a certain kind of soul. Or music in their heart. Or any other cliche. All I mean to say is that if you love music then you’re my kind of person. I mean that in a good way.
What can introverts teach people about being alone? Nothing, thanks. We’re fine over here quietly minding our own business. Reading books. Drinking tea. Enjoying our own company. Socialising with friends and then going home to recharge our batteries afterwards. Leading rich inner lives. Alone is just the circumstance of being by yourself. Loneliness is not liking it. Let’s not lead extroverts to think that we have something valuable to teach them. Don’t encourage them. They’re likely to come round and visit so that they can ask us all about it. *looks innocent*
The Dance Studio Leeds held a Celebratory Day of Dance for Older People, with two afternoon dance workshops led by Leeds Creative Contemporary Dance, as part of the International Day of Older People celebrations. The first workshop ‘Dance for People Living with Dementia’ was a dance and movement session led by Kim Glassby and by all accounts a resounding success. I was fortunate enough to attend the second workshop, a Creative Contemporary session led by Rosemary Spencer, which gave people of all ages the chance to experience their inclusive dance approach. Rosemary took the opportunity to chat with me about how the event celebrates body wisdom, community and respect for […]