"Very often, nature can be – as it was for Joe Harkness – not in itself a medicine, a dose, a cure, but an opportunity. To connect, take notice, give, learn and be active."
2019 was both a momentous and horrendous year for me. On paper, a lot was achieved; but paper can be screwed up and cast aside - paper can be burnt on the wood burner to be released from the chimney flue in plumes of blue-grey toxicity. Paper counts for nothing when the mood and mind … Continue reading On love, loss and learning
I have been well aware, for a long time now, that I am not going to win any literary awards for Bird Therapy. I accept that as a 'work' it is flawed, but as a tool it has helped a lot of people; and over time, as my priorities have altered, I have accepted that … Continue reading Birdwatch Magazine Birders’ Choice Book of the Year 2019
Joanna Cannon, author of Breaking and Mending has written a blog for Waterstones with her top 5 reads of 2019; and she's only bloody picked Bird Therapy as one of them! I'm proper buzzing. She says this kind and clever yellow book is filled with practical advice, as well as Joe’s own story. A perfect … Continue reading Joanna Cannon’s top 5 reads of 2019
One of the topics I write about that isn't directly related to birds, is my long-standing and largely one-sided battle with social media use. On November 28th I finally decided to permanently stop using twitter. This (seemingly) ominous conclusion has been festering away in my brain and eroding my mental health, for the best part … Continue reading Antisocial media – the warning signs of an addiction