April 19, 2013 - Comfort in Virginia


virginia woolf home


From Virginia Woolf’s biography  ….

“Virginia was a sane woman who had an illness.  She was often a patient, but she was not a victim.  She was not weak, or hysterical, or self-deluding, or guilty, or oppressed.  On the contrary, she was a person of exceptional courage, intelligence and stoicism, who made the best use she could, and came to the deepest understanding possible to her, of her own condition.  She endured, periodically, great agony of mind and severe physical pain, with remarkably little self-pity.

She frequently uses the word ‘apprehensive’ to describe her states of mind.  The word is a crucial one: the awful fear which accompanied her breakdowns and the possibility of their recurrence can never be underestimated.

What is certain is her closeness, all her life, to a terrifying edge, and her creation of a language which faces it and makes something of it.  This is a life of heroism, not of oppression, a life of writing wrestled from illness, fear and pain.”

Excerpt from biography ‘Virginia Woolf’ by Hermione Lee.


March 22, 2013 - Keep In Touch




Reading …. ‘Intimacy’ by Ziyad Marar. Art by Edward Hopper titled, ‘Room in New York’ (1932).

“Contemporary society discourages intimacy.  We live in a self-regarding culture, soaked through with the impersonal need for instant gratification.  Our goal is to get intimate with ourselves rather than others, to identify and indulge in our own desires and fantasies (where do you want to go today?) and to satisfy them by consuming the right products.  Success and the pursuit of status are trumpeted at the expense of human connection.  Alongside the rise and rise of consumer culture we’ve experienced a technological revolution that replaces intimacy with simulation.  The age of the internet has made us all feel more connected and yet, paradoxically, more distant. With so many relationships now mediated through screens we are beginning to appreciate the limitations of digital interactions as well as the virtues.  As with our attitudes to that vanishing commodity, the physical book, we are treasuring those moments of face-to-face interaction with real people in actual rather than virtual environments.”

February 16, 2013 - Army of Ink Holding Books



Army of Ink 91 Book holder


Her heart leapt so impossibly loud it stole her every sense .

But it was always the book, held preciously close to chest, that caught and consoled her misbehaving mind.

(Clunk & Jam book).


February 10, 2013 - The Journey


The Journey. (By  Mary Oliver. ) 

December 7, 2012 - Head To The Place


this must be the place

this must be the place type


November 6, 2012 - Tick Tock


Tick Tock


Every Day Is Yours To Win .  (REM song from album ‘Collapse Into Now)

With the walk and the talk and the tick tock clock.  With the rock and the roll and the bridge and the toll.  With the brilliance and the light and the stink and the fight.  And the road ahead of you, I cannot tell a lie, it’s not all cherry pie.  But it’s all there waiting for you, yeah you.  With the warp and the wooze and the subterfuge, does it all look bitter and blue?  Well I’m nothing but confused with nothing left to lose and if you buy that, I’ve got a bridge for you.  Every day is new again.  Every day is yours to win.  And that’s how heroes are made.  I wanted to win.  So I said it again; that’s how heroes are made.