Simple Pleasures 7
Life

Simple Pleasures 7

“Our pleasures were simple – they included survival.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower Simple pleasures… >…butterflies >…children playing >…watching the sun rise >…when you finish unpacking >…new underwear >…looking through old photographs >…realising someone really likes you >…when a cat comes and sits on your knee >…finding out the collective noun for hedgehogs is a prickle … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures 6
Life

Simple Pleasures 6

“Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius Simple pleasures… >…spaghetti and meatballs >…spending your first night in a home of your own >…a great art exhibition >…your playlist from a great holiday >…pondering nice memories >…holding hands >…a gingerbread man >…when you’re learning to do something and it all … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures 5
Life

Simple Pleasures 5

“People who delight in simple pleasures and who manage to smile in spite of the difficulties they face have the clearest vision.” ~ Dodinsky Simple pleasures… >…watching a firework display >…the scent of your lover’s neck >…Sunday morning in bed with breakfast and the papers >…looking at a sunflower >…becoming engrossed in writing >…winning in … Continue reading

Duloxetine
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Duloxetine

“There are risks to antidepressant treatment, but the risks of untreated depression are worse.” ~ John Bailey So, the second time I was sick enough to start taking medication the first one they put me on was duloxetine – brand name Cymbalta. This was after I’d taken an overdose and then begun self harming. The … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures 4
Life

Simple Pleasures 4

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” ~ Oscar Wilde Simple pleasures… >…when your favourite team wins >…bread sticks and hummous >…a blanket of snow when you don’t have to be anywhere >…watching the waves on the beach >…blowing bubbles >…eating what’s left of the cake mixture out of the … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures 3
Life

Simple Pleasures 3

“One must be prepared to fight for one’s simple pleasures and to defend them against elegance and erudition and all manner of glamorous enticements.” Amor Towles Simple Pleasures… >…kissing >…a tidy house >…your favourite poem >…finding old love letters >…strawberries and cream >…the smell of old books >…new lambs >…a good, long laugh >…candle light … Continue reading

I Asked A Bunch Of People How They Felt About Their Vulvas
#StartAConversation / Menstruation, Contraception, and Gynaecology

I Asked A Bunch Of People How They Felt About Their Vulvas

“Moving from phonetics to etymology, ‘vagina’ originates from a word meaning sheath for a sword. Ain’t got no vagina.” ~ Inga Muscio So, a late night conversation on Twitter last week led me to conduct some more polling. Completely non-scientific, non-generalisable polling of course. I like to think of it as finding out what a room … Continue reading