Excerpts from a Lock Down Journal 2020

Excerpts from a Lock Down Journal 2020

By Joanna Law . . April My daughter came to me this morning. She will be 17 in May. I was watching The Andrew Marr Show and listening to Sir David Attenborough, then Michael Gove. It made for difficult listening. I put it on pause. I’m getting to know when my daughter wants to talk, but it takes a while […]

What Nature Made Me Understand

What Nature Made Me Understand

By Andreas Breden . . . Looking out across my hometown in mid Norway when the SARS-CoV-2 appeared I found the information about the virus and the situation presented by different sources difficult to grasp. I have at several points looked back and tried to understand my process of living with the virus without really having succeeded with that. I […]

Easter. My Special Earrings

Easter. My Special Earrings

By Chiara Santin . . . I love jewellery. Inexpensive second-hand jewellery which I can carefully match with my daily outfit. They live in my bedroom in different pots according to colour. After carefully considering who I am going to meet, in which context, and what I am doing, I decide how to dress for the day. Then I chose […]

Our Windows Looking Out Into Our Small Worlds

Our Windows Looking Out Into Our Small Worlds

By Chiara Santin . . . It is strange to look out from my windows and realise that I can only see a tiny fraction of the world. Yet this is what I can now get to know so closely. It’s pretty much the same everyday, and yet I can start noticing small changes, little differences and previously unnoticed details. […]

Through a glass, darkly: Reflections on a pandemic

Through a glass, darkly: Reflections on a pandemic

By Paddy Palmer and Hugh Palmer . . . One side of the glass Paddy Palmer,  16th  April 2020 Three weeks ago, I gave my son a big hug before he left me here in my residential are home.  I thought I would see him the next day but it wasn’t to be.  Lockdown arrived.  Suddenly I found myself wondering […]

Soul Dipping

Soul Dipping

by Joanne Hipplewith . . . “… to be able to respond to the background ‘it’ differentially as we do, what must be in the nature of the ‘flowing stuff’ that we are immersed in?… what, actually, is our experience like initially, such that we seem to draw on a ‘common world’ in our efforts at communicating our experiences linguistically […]

A Gift in the Wind

A Gift in the Wind

By Jenn McKinney . . . It was a month into lockdown when the brown papered parcel came in the post.  As I unwrapped the package I grew more and more puzzled, firstly due to the soft feel of the contents and then by the vivid colours that began to emerge as I unpeeled the paper, small pieces of material […]

The Little Stone Bird: After The Fire

The Little Stone Bird: After The Fire

By Leah Salter . . . I have been thinking recently about storytelling and creative writing groups I facilitate and take part in with women who have been referred by (and are surviving) secondary care mental health services, in my work within the NHS in Wales. I have written about these groups previously (Salter and Newkirk, 2019). They are an […]

Ice-Cream

Ice-Cream

By Clare Wenham . . . UK “lockdown” Day 47 . . . “You are your own stories….I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art”. Toni Morrison, Wellesley Commencement address 2004. I bought it weeks ago, anticipating a noisy, family Easter Sunday: salted caramel and vanilla, strawberries and cream.  It’s clogging […]

How do you grieve the loss of a pet during a pandemic?

How do you grieve the loss of a pet during a pandemic?

By Marilena Karamatsouki . . . Spot died on a Wednesday from congenital heart disease, which showed no symptoms. That morning he woke up having difficulty breathing. “I am taking him to the vet”, I told my husband over the phone. When we got there and the vet examined him, I saw his face becoming solemn. “How old is the […]

On Planes that have Changed into Birds

On Planes that have Changed into Birds

By Szymon Chrzastowski . . . The Psychological Counselling Centre of The University of Warsaw, Poland . . . “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the word Emily Dickinson I’m very busy in everyday life, dividing my time between academic duties and conducting psychotherapy. I also try to […]

This Is Not Normal

This Is Not Normal

By Gaby Charing . . . I already have my death booked. After living for seven years with bowel cancer, I’m no longer having treatment. An end-of-life care package is a phone call away. I’m just stopped at the lights. Death doesn’t frighten me. I’m past all that. You, by contrast, weren’t expecting this. Yes, anyone can be cut down […]