Stop Dumbing Down

I feel that it is time to discuss a difficult subject in the progression of Parkinson’s Disease; that of death. The end of life. I have noticed that, increasingly, charities and treatment providers inform that ‘Parkinson’s is not terminal’; it won’t kill you. Increasingly, but conversely, I find myself learning that this simply is not…

My Paradoxical Companion

I took a little step back from social media, of late. Sometimes I just want the head-space. Well, that is to say that sometimes life throws a curve-ball or two and then I just find myself wanting to withdraw and stay kind of still, while the mad world rushes on around me. This only happens…

You’d Better Sit Down

One of the things that stops people with infirmity or disability from leaving their home is, you may be surprised to learn, seating!  Yes, I’m serious!  If you think about it, a lot of people with illnesses such as, for example, Parkinson’s may reach a point where going to the shops becomes too difficult.  One…

Emerging

“I embrace the emerging experience, I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.” William Stafford Here in England, and indeed in the wider UK, we are at various stages of reaching the end of restrictions related to Covid-19. I say that with…

Aftermath

I’ve awoken without a headache. Phew. It’s been two or three days of severe pain in my head that has been almost unbearable, at times. As difficult as that has been, what many people, who do not experience migraines, will not know is that the recovery process is also gruelling and takes sometimes several days….

Share Yo Thang

Are you arty, creative, dabbling with arts and crafts or are you in some way living creatively? Would you like to share an article about an aspect of your arty, crafty, creative life with readers and followers of Deano’s blog site? Are you a person with Parkinson’s, or any other health or mental health condition,…

Art In Motion

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” Osho. I would say that, of…

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…

Right Here, Once Upon a Time

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Sarah Kierkegaard. While I am spending a little time, this evening, in singing practice and drawing models, I have been wondering about those who are artists today, whose work will go on to be revered by future generations. How does societal context impact…

Art, Elitism and Design

“Everything you can imagine, is real.” – PABLO PICASSO. I was chatting with a dear artist friend of mine, recently.  We were considering the subject of what art actually is?  If I ask you: “What is art?” How would you respond?  This may seem like a perfectly simple and straight-forward question but, surprisingly, it is…