This blog is about the people and things that I care about. It’s hard to prioritise them as they’re all important.
· Me – Is it selfish to put myself at the centre? I don’t think so. If I don’t look after me then I won’t be here to make sure everything else gets taken care of. Covid 19 really hammered this home. It’s vital to stay as heathy and fit if we’re to survive the pandemic. This means healthy minds as well as healthy bodies. I strive to be independent and being a lifelong learner keeps my mind active while my creative writing helps me to stay sane.
· Family – My family are my world. I’m so proud of them. I have three children, two stepchildren, fifteen grandchildren (thirteen on this earth and two who could not stay) and three great grandchildren. I want them to grow up happy, healthy and educated. I also have a partner, a sister, a brother and an ex-husband as well as extended family. Granny duties certainly keep me busy.
· Friends – I try (not always successfully) to stay in touch with school friends, ex-colleagues and newer friends from my writing activities. I try to be kind to my neighbours who I’ve come to know better since lockdown.
· The world in which we live – I care about leaving this planet in good shape for my grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, ad infinitum. I worry about the way we’re destroying the planet and not treating animals with the respect they deserve – I try to eat as vegan as I can.
I’m a dreamer
But I’m not
The only one
In February 2003 I marched to Hyde Park in protest against the Iraq War and I often wonder what it would have been like to be at Greenham Common. In autumn 1981 I was breast feeding my third child, studying for a degree with the Open University and hoarding cans under my bed in accordance with the government’s Protect and Survive leaflet (see link to blog)
· Principles – I’ve been told I have a strong moral compass. I believe in fairness, integrity and loyalty. Inequality, hypocrisy and betrayal upset me and can make me angry.