What to do about a narcissist

Narcissistic personality disorder is a fascinating topic. If you know a narcissist, reading about it will feel like all the pieces of a really difficult 1,000 piece puzzle suddenly slotting neatly together. Ignoring red flags is typical of empaths who fall for narcissists, so I thought it might be helpful to write about some of…

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That was the year I was thirty

Sorry in advance if my writing’s a bit clunky in this blog. I’ve been finding it hard to write recently. I think this is because I’m a little stressed at the moment and my mind reacts to stress by abruptly switching off, like an overheated laptop. Regardless, it’s a birthday tradition to celebrate my continued…

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8 Ancient Greek words for love – with illustrations and famous love quotes

Does having just one word for the unimaginably huge and complex concept of LOVE limit our ability to understand and express what it is? The Ancient Greeks had eight separate nouns to identify the different types of love. In English, we have just one. In order to clarify the kind of love we mean, we…

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If not now, then when? Wednesday wisdom from my oracle deck

There’s this song I love by a Cornish band (featuring Ben Howard) called ‘Portland’. It’s a beautiful song; if you’re into music that makes you feel all your feelings, I recommend finding it on YouTube or Spotify and having a listen. Mickey Smith’s voice is hard to decipher but there’s one lyric that stands out,…

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Watch me awkwardly read my poem, which didn’t win the National Poetry Competition 2021

Uvita River Dirt I wrote this in March 2020 🙂 I’ve also, embarrassingly, recorded myself reading my failed National Poetry Competition entry out loud, in case you’d rather watch me stumble over my words than read it yourself. Disclaimer: I’m wearing an inappropriately see-through leopardskin leotard because this is my lockdown uniform. It’s not something…

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A marriage poem

It’s not that I want to be like this.  It’s just that I exist in bits — cells I can’t quite contain.  And if I can’t, then who can? Once I was offered a ring and I thought, What would happen if I committed to him In a legal and public way?  Would I suddenly…

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