The Special One
For those of you unfamiliar with European football, Jose Mourhino is the current manager of Tottenham Hotspur, one of the English soccer's most historic clubs.
Feel-good Playlist: Part Two
Yep - the world is still a little crazy, still a touch scary. So, how about a bit more music therapy? Here's Part Two of my Feel-Good Songs:
'That' Day - Before Trauma
"We are hardwired to connect with others, it's what gives meaning and purpose to our lives, and without it there is suffering." Brene Brown.
'Joker' - A Journey into Mental Illness
My mood was okay. Not brilliant, not awful - I was okay. However, given that I was only 'okay,' I also needed to be careful. Fill my mind with happy, joyous things, I'd remain good. Cram it full of darkness, and I only had myself to blame if I dipped.
Spike Milligan: Advocacy through Poetry
Spike Milligan's legacy as a writer, comedian, and mental health advocate, is - by anyone's standards - impressive. You can't overlook the contributions of Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, and Michael Bentine, but Milligan - most admit - was the anarchic driving force behind the groundbreaking 'The Goon Show', which first hit the airways in 1951.
'Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.
How to Use Vocal: Part Two
My Vocal journey began at the beginning of 2020. At the outset, I wasn't sure what my long-term objectives were. All I knew is that I wanted to write about a turbulent time in my personal life as way of helping me 'process' - it was essentially a public therapeutic journal.
Random Acts of Kindness During a Pandemic
A few days ago, someone did something incredibly kind for me. Superficially, it did not seem to be a 'big' thing. The other person certainly didn't think it was - when I was effusive in my gratitude, they got embarrassed, and dismissed the importance of the gesture; in their eyes, they were simply being a friend. It was nothing; just something that any friend would do.