For those who need to hear this today; you got this. You will get through whatever terrible thing is currently occupying your mind. It will pass. Time is a healer. Be patient. Be kind to yourself. Reader, stay safe.’ It's OK not to be OK. In the UK there are organisations such as The Samaritans,… Continue reading “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
Back in April I wrote a post about the haunting relevance of Charlotte Brontë's poem "Parting" in 2020. Back then the entire UK had been placed under a lockdown and it's fair to say nobody had ever known anything quite like it. When I wrote that post, I was lucky enough to be living with… Continue reading “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Life Under Lockdown with Charlotte Brontë
I took a break from social media recently due to the fallout from just about everything going on in the world at the minute. Sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming and the toxic nature of many of the posts that were being shared just made me walk away. From conversations with friends, I'm not… Continue reading 2020, Be Kind, and Branwell Brontë
There's no doubt that we're currently living in a very strange time due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. In just a matter of weeks, many of the freedoms we took for granted have disappeared. This may be the freedom to use public transport, to go to work, to visit cinemas, theatres, restaurants etc., the freedom… Continue reading We Will Meet Again: Charlotte Brontë’s “Parting”
It's the thing the whole world is talking about right now; coronavirus and its devastating effects on society, the economy, and humanity. Growing up in the Western world, few of us have ever experienced anything like this. The virus is a threat to health, wealth, life, and freedom. Although threats to the former three are… Continue reading I Am No Bird; And No Net Ensnares Me: More Life Lessons from the Brontës
Charlotte Brontë is my hero. I admire her mind, her talent, her courage, and her determination. When challenging circumstances arise in my own life I often find myself wondering what Charlotte would do in the same situation. The main piece of advice that has helped me may at first seem like a standard/expected/stereotypical reaction, but… Continue reading More Advice from Charlotte Brontë: Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
Let me travel back in time to April 2011. Almost a year after graduating with such high hopes from university, and after being turned down for MA funding, I was stuck in a bit of rut. In my hometown, once famous for its glass, we were hit hard by the recession, our heritage and industry… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Part 2 – When Glass Towns Collide