Posts Tagged ‘Fear’


Stronger Together

12 November, 2016

​On my mind today is community. Reach out to the people around you; do not wait to see if they reach out to you. Open doors and build bridges. Make connections in other groups who are also hurting right now; stand up for them and help them to stand up for you.

Educate yourself. In A Christmas Carol, Dickens drew our attention to the twin children Ignorance and Want. Of the boy, Ignorance, Dickens wrote: “Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom unless the writing be erased.” We must educate ourselves. We must learn about our neighbours, their lives, their fears, and their joys so that we do not become Ignorance, so we do not produce more Want, and so we can avert Doom.

We are and, always have been, stronger together. Please, create community, help us heal, and keep us safe.


The Patience of Parkinson’s

15 October, 2011

Old Snatch came a visited me in the classroom yesterday. I was walking across the room, when he snuck up and stole my most precious gain since regenerating: mobility. Without warning I lost control of my right leg and went over sideways. The ancient skill of falling properly, honed to instinct by repeated practice in the previous regeneration, saved me from busting my skull wide open on the concrete wall and floor. It scared the hell out of my Seniors. It scared the hell out of me, but not for the same reasons. They had never seen anything like it before; a healthy woman collapsing for no reason. I know the moment more intimately than I care to. It was Old Snatch, Parkinson’s, come back to for a quick reminder.

He is still there, in the background.

He is patient and will claim me.

Till then he will bide his time, waiting for the day when I am weak and out of regenerations.