#Emptyshelf17 No. 43: Cheer Up, Love by @SusanCalman

Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate by Susan Calman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve been reading this book mostly in hospital waiting rooms on my Kindle. As someone who suffers from depression (but not anxiety), I thought it struck the right note of humour (black humour helps in many things), vulnerability and genuinely useful information whether as a depression sufferer or someone who’s friends with someone (that’ll be…

#Advent20

Been enjoying the company of others around the country on Brian Draper's #Advent20 series - and the poem below got me thinking about the pressures on so many on the Christmas season.. being away or abroad for several Christmas's can make you think differently... (hence e-card, rather than paper cards) And if, as weeks go round, in the dark of the moon my spirit darkens and goes out, and soft strange gloom pervades my movements…

#AdventBookClub: Rachel & #Advent20: Appreciating the Dark

Luke 2 - 36-38 One of those uncomfortable passages in the Bible "The Slaughter of the Innocents", which is very uncomfortable to read, and even more so through the voice of Rachel, who graphically watches her 10 month old son's throat slit in front of here because of Herod's fear of Jesus as a challenger to his throne. Rachel indicates that she wishes no harm to Jesus, but wishes he hadn't been born: I stare,…