Somethings Take Time To See

It was around the end of 2011 when my super good friend, and great artist & writer, Paul Harrison and I got together in a Cafe Nero in Doncaster (The only place to get a decent chai-tea latte in the area at the time… maybe it still is) and we talked about how we thoughtContinue reading “Somethings Take Time To See”

Looking For The Helpers

When we look across the world, we see a scenario that I don’t think we ever really thought we’d see. The world is shutting its doors to keep out an enemy it cannot see, smell or hear. Now, some of us have waited our whole lives for state sanctioned introversion. One of my favourite booksContinue reading “Looking For The Helpers”

week 1 self isolation down: unhomelikeness

You’re not a human doing, you’re a human being. I’ve been following the progress of C-19 for a long time. Since around Jan 20th. I was in Japan, walking through a market in Tokyo & my American friend was messaging me how I might get quarantined on my way home. LOL I said to HayleyContinue reading “week 1 self isolation down: unhomelikeness”

Happy SMIZZmas: my holiday message to you

It’s the annual Smizz Christmas card!! I couldn’t decide which one to share, so I’m sharing them as a collection. As we celebrate the holidays, and enter into a new year – let’s remind ourselves that love is trust, empathy, humanity, mutual aid, and care. A society built on such love is a strong society—probablyContinue reading “Happy SMIZZmas: my holiday message to you”

The Year of Zinc

I’ve not blogged in ages. I keep reflecting, but it’s stored in hidden word documents on my laptop – sometimes making an appearance at a conference, or on my Facebook – in the safety of friends and not just the internet-public. But I’ve been thinking about getting to 30. Alive. I really can’t believe it. OnContinue reading “The Year of Zinc”

we are the difference in the world

Tomorrow, I leave to go to Krakow, Poland with my bro & his girlfriend. It will be my 2nd time there. I can’t wait to eat more proper Polish food! But I won’t be here in the UK for the last bit of the General Election campaign. I’ve spent a good few weeks knocking onContinue reading “we are the difference in the world”

It takes more than biology to be a mom.

Today is mothers day in the UK. I know it’s actually quite a tough time out there for all the people who, sadly,  no longer have their moms in their lives, and all those people who have difficult relationships with their moms currently. I know the latter feeling, but on fathers day instead. When IContinue reading “It takes more than biology to be a mom.”

Hoping for a 2016 where we open the doors wider and take care of each another

I am hoping for 2016 to be a year where we open the doors wider and take care of each another Susan Sontag wrote in her “Illness as metaphor” (1978) essay , “Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the wellContinue reading “Hoping for a 2016 where we open the doors wider and take care of each another”

2014 moments: Hopes for 2015

My mom always says that on the first of the new year, you should do a little bit of everything good: small bits of good habits you want to carry through into the new year. That’s how I’ve always tried to start every first day of the year, no matter where in the world IContinue reading “2014 moments: Hopes for 2015”