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Allowing Process and Speaking Your Truth

  • December 7, 2019
Allowing Process and Speaking Your Truth

Photo: Cobb Valley. Kahurangi National Park. Page 124 Ritual Process - Ride .... Peace through…

Photo: Cobb Valley. Kahurangi National Park. Page 124 Ritual Process - Ride .... Peace through Connection to Self-Spirit -Nature Allowing Process and Speaking Your Truth During the last few months I feel like I have been tested in my ability to allow process– like waiting for clarity coming from murky water… I have been required to show gritty patience while certain things in my life have come into balance or fruition.   Due to this,  I thought I would write a…

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Authentic Connection – Part 4

  • September 3, 2019
Authentic Connection – Part 4

Photo: Dylan's Passing site Daffodils Radiating Light. 2019.  Page 130 in Ride   Peace ... through…

Photo: Dylan's Passing site Daffodils Radiating Light. 2019.  Page 130 in Ride   Peace ... through Connection with Self-Spirit-Nature. Authentic Connection – Part Four (following on from Parts one, two and three). Authentic Connection and Feelings. In my previous blog I suggest that Authentic connection requires us to be connected with ourselves first. This requires a certain level of self-awareness. We are best connected with ourselves if we can be aware of our feelings and how they may be affecting our…

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Authentic Connection – Part 3

  • August 15, 2019
Authentic Connection – Part 3

Photo: The Lee Valley where we spread Gus's ashes Authentic Connection - Part Three (following…

Photo: The Lee Valley where we spread Gus's ashes Authentic Connection - Part Three (following on from Part one and Part two) Avoiding or Creating Authentic Connections - it's our choice. Not long after Dylan's death, a long standing friend of almost 20 years – withdrew, and to this day still ignores me. Since she won’t talk with me, I have had to understand the reason she withdrew without her input. I consider at least some of the reason was…

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Authentic Connection – Part 2

  • July 25, 2019
Authentic Connection – Part 2

Photo: White basket fungus. Connection Holds Things Together. Authentic Connection - Part Two (following on…

Photo: White basket fungus. Connection Holds Things Together. Authentic Connection - Part Two (following on from Part one). When Dylan had only just died many people wanted to connect with me- at that time we had a lot in common – we were all shocked and many of us were incredibly sad that Dylan had made the decision he did. It was surprising to me though, that not long after Dylan’s death many of those same people withdrew and had…

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Authentic Connection – Part 1

  • July 17, 2019
Authentic Connection – Part 1

Photo: Burial stones 24.4.2014 Authentic Connection - Part One. Connection is a big word –…

Photo: Burial stones 24.4.2014 Authentic Connection - Part One. Connection is a big word – It’s a bit like Ride in that it has multiple meanings and applications. In many of the stories in Ride- the book, connection is a central theme. In these three Authentic Connection blogs I am going to explore more about the nature of connection. I am hoping that maybe the blogs will get people thinking about - What we chose to connect to Who we…

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Steve

  • July 8, 2019
Steve

Photo: Steve, January 2013 Spoiler alert - If you haven’t read Ride yet, then maybe…

Photo: Steve, January 2013 Spoiler alert - If you haven’t read Ride yet, then maybe leave reading this blog until you have. I did consider that a few people would ask me what happened to Steve once they had read Ride. Recent events have encouraged me to answer this question sooner than later. Just before the publication of Ride I got word that Steve had died. I was devastated, lots of tears. Last minute before printing, I chose to include…

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The ‘working’ title for Ride

  • June 13, 2019
The ‘working’ title for Ride
Photo: Light coming through Dylans tree (24/4/2016) When I was writing, the ‘working’ title for…
Photo: Light coming through Dylans tree (24/4/2016)
When I was writing, the ‘working’ title for Ride was ‘Life after Suicide’ - meaning my life and Dylan’s life after his departure. It became pretty obvious that the word suicide wasn’t necessary in the title and that the writing was so much more than ‘just about suicide’. I cannot even tell you when Ride became the title – it just seemed to arrive in my mind and when I considered it I could see the value of it and the multiple level meanings it had within it.
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The synopsis of Ride

  • June 13, 2019
The synopsis of Ride
Photo: Tutaki in flood on 14.10.2013 When it came to write the synopsis for the…
Photo: Tutaki in flood on 14.10.2013
When it came to write the synopsis for the book I thought – ‘What the fuck is this book about!’. I knew it was my story and my Ride but I really didn’t know what it was actually ‘saying’. The synopsis that I have written is what the book is about to me however I have a feeling that it is going to mean different things to different folks.
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Writing Ride – the back story…

  • June 13, 2019
Writing Ride – the back story…
Photo: Gus's ashes. Ride is a book that has come about because an internal nagging…
Photo: Gus's ashes.
Ride is a book that has come about because an internal nagging wouldn’t go away. I tried to ignore the nagging and decide it was born from an impractical unachievable dream that was irrelevant in my new reality. It wouldn’t go away so - In the end I surrendered and ‘put aside’ 9 months in 2017 to write - just to see what happened. I had written short notes over the previous years – of key words, and sometimes I used them as starting points. Sometimes I sat at my computer and the words would just flow from my fingers.
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