#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 […]


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 […]

#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 […]

[TED Talk] Depression

Currently listening to this – eloquent – depression is not the opposite of ‘happiness’, but the opposite of ‘vitality’:

The Black Dog is an Equal Opportunities Mongrel

Despite suffering from depression for the past 4+ years, I’d never really understood why people described it as a ‘black dog’ (maybe because I love dogs…) but this video helps understand that concept, and for those who say ‘get a grip’ hopefully helps them understand depression too: