Category Archives: Family History

Torn-off Addresses

Dad’s birthday last week. His first in the home that’s now his home. I visited, with wrapped gifts and a clutch of cards been sent to the address that was his last year. In the garden we open the envelopes … Continue reading

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How Did I Get Here?

Exhibition, of a sort, coming up. I was thinking how the last time I showed work – like a show with its own poster and a degree of outlay – was, uh, way back in 1990. Imagine that. You weren’t … Continue reading

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INKY CONDITIONS – Dementia Has Dad

A bad week leads to something maybe good. I visited Dad and he didn’t know who I was. Sat in the car and wept. The next day showing a lovely friend the progress of my illustration series, INKY CONDITIONS (also … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Society: an empowerment of empathy

In February this year I had a phone conversation with a helpline adviser at Alzheimer’s Society. I didn’t make the call lightly; coming to it only after months of frustrating encounters with in-turn-frustrated authorities, duplicated assessments, have-a-go form-filling and a … Continue reading

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Hedge Hopping

Sometimes in the evenings when we’re knackered, I like to introduce some horrid thought. Like, hey, fancy popping into town? Wanna go catch last orders? Go for a walk? It’s all for the exquisiteness of opposites. That none of these … Continue reading

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Pie Season – Your Questions Answered

You know, a lot of people ask me – I mean, enough that I would remark on it – well, they ask… What are the start and end dates for Pie Season 2017/18? Thank you. This season began on Sunday … Continue reading

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My October Symphony, Part 6 – Fishing with Dad

Dad, with some coaxing, sits down next to me on the bench outside his room. Shoulder to shoulder, the both of us facing the fence, beyond which the motorway sounds like the ocean. The cubes of beige cake on the … Continue reading

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