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Health by stealth by the seashore

One of life’s great gifts is to have clever, thinking friends who send you interesting things to read and help you curate the daily tsunami of information. This nice piece from The Guardian came to me from one such wonderful friend, Blanaid Coveney (who also happens to have written some…

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The Storyteller

I stopped at the graveyard of a local poet and philosopher. It’s in a wild spot on the west coast of Ireland. I’ve always thought it was a magnificent place to be laid to rest. Overlooking the Aran Islands and the Atlantic, you can see all the way to the…

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When is physical pain emotional pain?

Deborah Brandt (PT, DPT, CMA), retired Doctor of Physical Therapy, reached out to us in response to Blanaid Coveney’s wonderful post on panic buying, cognitive biases and availability heuristics.  Deborah asked if we might be interested in sharing a piece she had written on her very personal experiences of pain,…

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53 Degrees North

  We live on the 53rd parallel. Vast swathes of land lie beneath it. Trace your finger around it on any globe and you will cross the UK, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the US (Alaska), Canada (BC, Manitoba, Labrador, Newfoundland) and, of course, Ireland (home). Most of…

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Wattle and Daub

Reaching for Yeats When times are uncertain we often reach for things that bring us solace. It may be listening to jazz or opera, reading an old familiar book, looking at a beautiful painting, or watching a classic movie. I default to an old dog-eared book of Yeats poetry. Not…

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Hearing what you expect to hear

To the boat club On a recent trip to Australia I was supposed to meet friends for dinner at the local boat club. I called a cab, and when it arrived, gave what I thought were clear instructions to the driver. After some time driving around the suburbs we arrived…

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A stitch in time

A metaphorical dropped stitch     I was shooting the breeze with a friend and colleague, when she used a lovely metaphor which I thought worth repeating. Her patient was unsure of the way forwards after some exercises had been modified and some pain education provided. Should he drop x, y or z in favour…

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In praise of the London Cabbie

On a recent trip to London, I travelled by Black cab from Kings Cross Station to a small place in Brixton. The journey took just over 30 minutes but crossed a network of large roads, roundabouts, one way streets and finally to my destination, a small street off a street off…

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Chalice and socket

Our dear friend Blanaid Coveney, author of a number of wonderful posts on topics ranging from red haired myths to musical improvisation, recently sent us a link to the latest edition of Granta online Granta 135: New Irish Writing. In particular, there was a piece by Sinéad Gleeson entitled Blue Hills…

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Parking Sensors Required

New to me I am the proud owner of a new car. Well, not brand new but new to me. The old one gave up the ghost and ‘sat down’ so to speak.  After covering 250,000 kilometers, much of it on pot holed rural roads, it didn’t owe us anything…

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