I cried for you

  Is it a good time to tell this story? I cried for you I was angry and I cried for you No, no longer crying What is anger after all but a disguise for The hurt of loving you, Yes, I hurt for you But I never had you, have I? You and I, … Continue reading I cried for you

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Man Down, a poem by Kate Tempest

Go to a quiet place, let the words rain on you, contemplate...   Man down Let it be known: no man is entirely alone No man is a man all through. I’ve seen you. Shivering. Fleeting weakness. Cold rain scuffing its feet on the beaches. Young human. You. All feeling, flesh. Brine eyes. Man, but … Continue reading Man Down, a poem by Kate Tempest

Guide for living

Having read a post by a friend, I thought of the values I hope to have modeled and instilled through my parenting. How would they translate as "rules" if you like, to everyday living? This is for a bit of fun, as I know enough to know I know not enough to provide "rules" for … Continue reading Guide for living

Acceptance #Haiku Challenge 181 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 181 with prompt words - Nightmare, Horror   The final post for 2017, and to everyone who has come by my posts or visited MeaningsandMusings, May you find grace and compassion in what was May you hold beautiful memories of this year past; May you find hope and peace in becoming May you … Continue reading Acceptance #Haiku Challenge 181 @RonovanWrites

Earth delights #Haiku Challenge 179 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 179 with prompt words - Flare, Steam     Passion erupting Light showers, the earth rumbles Effervescent life. ~ FlorenceT   And if you are wondering... 🙂 Flare = erupting Steam = effervescent © 2017 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.  

Book review by @FTThum – The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

A review I did on LitWorldInterviews.com a while back of a book worth recommending … still.

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I had read this book when it was first published in 2013. The second print was released in January 2014.  It is a book to share, a book that will change your perspectives which is why I have chosen to review it for my first post in LitWorldInterviews.

Though trained in therapy, this review is written not from the perspective of a therapist but rather that of a reader who happens to be a therapist.

Title:               The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find OurselvesThe Examined Life
Author:          Stephen Grosz
Publisher:     Chatto & Windus (3 Jan 2013)
ISBN-10:        070118535X
ISBN-13:        978-0701185350
Website:         http://www.stephengrosz.com/usa//
Pages: Hardback, 240 pages
Genre: Literary Non-Fiction – Psychology

What’s it about?

The Examined Life is a collection of essays based on Stephen Grosz’ case histories of his work as a psychoanalyst. In Grosz’ words, it is a book about ‘change and loss’.

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Brokenness #Haiku Challenge 176 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 176 with prompt words - Broken, Over   I must have time on my hands, or that these two words resonate... so here's three haikus from me... and there's more! When the world's shattered, as thunder roars and storms rage, Renew, start over. Broken spirit howls Enough, it's over; let me rest this … Continue reading Brokenness #Haiku Challenge 176 @RonovanWrites

Making peace

Twelve days, and it’s probably one of the longest period of absence from my blog. And in this “quiet” period, I’ve been spending time doing the things I love and with the ones I love, all in service of a certain malaise that hit. Long moments of reflection and pondering, of re-establishing a solid ground … Continue reading Making peace

Apocalyptic movie or documentary?

The promise of a movie night, with a simple dinner and a little sugar-filled treat we had bought for later. All seemed in place. She picked an apocalyptic movie – humanity’s only survivors from a climate disaster on a train to nowhere under the control of the greedy in power. Twenty minutes in and I’d … Continue reading Apocalyptic movie or documentary?

A real occasion

Authenticity – when your beliefs, your words and your actions are aligned. Be real, that’s the common understanding. Simple, isn’t it? I do my best to be honest with my children, including about Santa or the Easter Bunny. I am not a “truth” activist, out seeking to destroy fantasies but when they were old enough … Continue reading A real occasion

Rejection is a blessing…

Rejection…in whatever form, in whichever sphere, is never pleasant. For some, it reinforces the sense of unworthiness and the gap of disconnection widens. For what is rejection, except to say “you are not one of us”, thus conflicting with our human need to belong. Or is it? A felt sense, rejection is a perceived condition. … Continue reading Rejection is a blessing…

Changing times #Haiku Challenge 1@RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 141 with prompt words - Breeze, Blow Age old breeze of time Sweeping debris, unceasing Change is ever, more. ~ FlorenceT In gratitude of the present. These are the days...   ~ FlorenceT   © 2017 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.  

Dance #Haiku Challenge 140 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 140 with prompt words - Twist, Shout Twist and shout, he says Beats thunder, lightning dances Rejoice in your life. ~ FlorenceT   And a classic song to go with this - one of my daughter's favourites.   © 2017 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over … Continue reading Dance #Haiku Challenge 140 @RonovanWrites