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Happy to be starting at Waterstones tomorrow!

I\’ve always wanted to work in a bookshop like Waterstones in Truro. Yes, I know it\’s not really like Black Books and I know it\’s certainly not going to feature me with my feet up, reading all the books. Actually, if it did, I\’d get bored. No, the reason is that I just love books. I love being surrounded by them. Deeply nerdy though it may be, I feel that each book is a friend just waiting for me to open it up and start a conversation or an argument.
Yes, I know that Kindle and eReaders are taking the world by storm and one day I expect I\’ll get one – though not before they\’ve sorted out the white-black-white page change which gives me a migraine. But I bet I won\’t feel that way about virtual books.
Many years ago (no, I certainly won\’t say how many), when I was about nine or ten, I did a deal with my parents over my pocketmoney. Instead of me getting it every week and splurging it automatically on sweets, they agreed to save it up for me and give it to me monthly so I could buy a book with it.
When I got my book money I\’d strut into our lovely local high street children\’s bookshop on a Saturday morning and spend at least three hours happily agonising over which one to choose. I bought all of Rosemary Sutcliff\’s books, all of Alan Garner\’s. Then I discovered second-hand bookshops and spent even longer havering over the random selections available in Hampstead, when I could get my father to take me there, because I could get far more for my money. I loved the smell of secondhand books and still do, I loved the smell of new books and still do. I loved going into any bookshop or library and looking around at all the potential friends. It made me feel so excited, I\’d sometimes do a little dance. I still feel excited but I no longer do the dance in case they call for the chaps in white coats.
Just going into a bookshop still makes me feel happy and inspired. How many pleasures are still as fresh and delightful after so many years?

86 Comments

  1. Sallie says:

    I’m drawn to bookshops like a moth to a flame (and I use such a tragic analogy because I’ve spent_way_too many paychecks on books over the years). My fondest memories are when I was working in Georgetown, not far from the (now out-of-business) Olssons Bookstore. I spent many a lunch hour tucked away in the Poetry section, surrounded by books from floor to ceiling and lost in a world of words. Heaven.

    1. Patricia says:

      Absolutely. Don’t you think there’s a nice niche market for a hotel in a bookshop? Where you could rent an ensuite room actually in the bookshop and then have a porter carry your purchases to your car…? *sighs*

  2. NOVEMBER 08, 2011

    PFPDWYER@AOL.COM

    I HOPED YOU SHINE IN YOUR FINEST MOMENT. I THOUGHT OF YOU AS I WAS FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION FRO A BOOK STORE WITH THE AGENCY THAT IS HELPING ME. I SMILED HOPING YOU HAD GOTTEN THE POSITION YOU WANTED. I ALSO DECIDED TO SEE IF I COULD PURCHASE THE POETRY DIET IT MUST BE TO EARLY YET. I HOPE YOU CELEBRATE IN YOUR SUCESS. I CERTAINLY WISH YOU THE BEST.

    1. Patricia says:

      Many thanks for trying to buy The Poetry Diet – get ’em wondering! You can’t buy it yet because it isn’t officially published but I’m hoping to have some advance copies soon and you’ll be able to buy them direct from my website with a Paypal button. Don’t worry, I’ll tell everyone when that happens! I’ll have to sign it for you – To Patricia Finney from Patricia Finney. Excellent!

  3. FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK YOU. YOU HAVE BEEN MY LIGHT WHICH SHINES BRIGHT EVEN ON THE DARKEST DAYS. WORDS PALE IN COMPARISON. NOW ARE YOU READY IT WASN’T UNTIL I READ WHAT YOU WROTE THAT I EVEN THOUGHT OF THIS. GUESS WHO ESLE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED.

    ARIES: A JOURNAL OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION
    SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AND LETTERS
    TEXAS, WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
    1201 WESLEYAN ST.
    FORT WORTH TX 76105

    ARIES HAS JUST SENT ME A CONTRIBUTORS COPY OF MY POEM THAT THEY PUBLISHED ARIES 2011 (VIOLUME26) INSIDE. THEY SAY ADDITIONAL COPIES THAT WE REQUEST WILL BE SENT OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. EACH ADDITIONAL COPY IS $7.00. PLEASE MAKE CHECK OR MONEYORDER PAYABLE TO ARIES, TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, 1201 WESLEYAN ST. FORT WORTH TX 76105

    JK NETSCH IS THE MANAGING EDITOR.

    THNAK YOU, YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. I HAVE A PIECE FOR THANKSGIVING DAY FOR YOU.

    UNTIL WE SPEAK AGAIN HAVE A GREAT ONE.

    1. Patricia says:

      Well done – it’s very difficult to get poetry published anywhere at the moment!

    2. Patricia says:

      I’ve got a bit more time to answer your comment now: firstly, as I said, well done indeed. It takes a lot of courage to put your work forward to a publisher and risk getting it rejected – which with poetry it often is, sometimes unread. I’m in a bit of a quandary though about actually buying a copy of the journal: if I buy yours, then to be fair I should buy anyone else’s who comments on my blog… Is there an online version of the journal that I could access to read your poem?
      I’m also worried about you describing me as “your light” – I’m really not that special. You have your own light within you which shines bright even when you think everything is dark. Writing poetry will help you find it, funnily enough, in very unexpected ways. Don’t look outside yourself for something which is really your very own central connection to God. Everybody has that whether they realise it or not.

  4. PFPDWYER@AOL.COM

    DECEMBER 01, 20011

    If I need to define those two words “The Light.” That day as I turned on the computer it was great to get lost in your excitement of your day. Just a few weeks ago they did a nerve test. Yesterday the Necrologist called and informed me I have Neuropathy. That is the day I came home and enjoyed what you wrote.

    Poetry has been a big part of my world since a teenager of course I started keeping quota for the year. I average 1-2 poems a day, unless I get on a roll then I could write six or seven poems a day. Well, you know how it goes. I will have to write around six hundred and twenty poems for the year. I still have to write ninety-four more poems before the years out.

    Can you imagine your mail box and finding a package with Ms. Patricia M. Finney’s poem that was published with my name on it? Think about it with your mailing address I can send you a copy of my poem that was published. That is as close I will get to come to Europe is a postage stamp away with my budget I can’t afford it.

    If you ever make it back to Michigan you must rent a car and ask for directions to the RENAISSANCE’S CENTER. Once your there you need to go up in the elevator to the top floor. Its better in the evening when its starting to get dark because the whole city is lit up and it is gorgeous. When your up there notice how small the building look. Those big building look like toy building block that children play with.

    HERE IS THE ADDRESS:

    RENAISSANCE CENTER ( LOCATED IN THE GM BUILDING)
    72ND FLOOR
    DETROIT, MI 48243
    PHONE NUMBER: 313 567-2622
    FAX: 313 567-9598
    dberman@matpreticerg.com

    HAVE A GREAT DAY

    SINCERELY,
    PATRICIA M. FINNEY

    1. Patricia says:

      Hm. I’m not sure what neuropathy is but it doesn’t sound good or cheap. I’m also impressed at how many poems you write – to get quality, you need quantity. I think I’m doing pretty well at a poem a week. I’ve never been to Detroit – though I went to Manistee, Michigan, once with my late husband, which is where his dad came from. That was such a long time ago, I was pregnant with my first kid who is at college now. If I ever get to Detroit I’ll definitely visit the Renaissance centre. Maybe you could save the stamp and email me your poem?

  5. ARIES PUBLIHING COMPANY:

    WHAT STANDS BEFORE US ALL TODAY

    Understanding comes from the heart as essential as time every minute remains to be timeless.

    Timeless like every essential word written or spoken, every thought becomes priceless.

    Priceless as every spoken word known, every know sensation is awoken.

    Awoken inside us all is a far greater thoughtm than all–

    Deeply the words continue to turn as every known thought yearns.

    No one ever knows what the last words will ever be, not even briefly!

    All we know is what we have today, deeply we can never tell when the last words will ever come.

    Greatly without another word spoken our hearts could be broken.

    With ever grain of sand the footsteps you take today will be rightly where you stand.

    WRITTEN BY: PATRICIA M. FINNEY

    THERES ANOTHER ONE THAT GOT P-UBLISHED IN THE WESTWARD QUARTERLY:

    THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

    Time?
    How much?
    Every minute counts…
    Time slips away quickly.
    Time is the thousand dollar question.
    No one knows…
    How could they?
    Times up.
    Silence.

    I lost someone dear to my heart when I wrote these two years ago. It was shortly after I went home to read the last and final poem. You entered my life shortly after that. I’m so grateful. THANK YOU.

    HAVEN A GREAT DAY

    1. Patricia says:

      My favourite is “The Million Dollar Question.” I like its shape and its brevity and its truth.

  6. AFTER I GOT OFF THE COMPUTER THIS MORNING SOMETHING JUST DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT, SO I TOOK A LOOK IN THE BOOK. I DIDN’T REALIZE I HAVE MORE THAN ONE THAT GOT PUBLISHED BY ARIES PUBLISHING COMPANY: HEARE THEY ARE.

    WILL TRUST EVER BE ENOUGH YOU NEED TO WONDER

    Strange questions?

    Why bother?

    What truly keep them together forever?

    Withering is a thought that you can’t draw upon.What other choices are there?

    Even now there is a tear, yet nothing is clear.

    All thepieces don’t fit, still there is a thought that will never quit.

    The question continue to linger.

    Who can you ever trust upon?

    Draw your own conclusions.

    BETWEEN FRIENDS

    Friends are like a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter night.

    A friend near and dear to your heart will make everything seem just right.

    Deeply they6 will eventually let you see the light.

    Sparkling and gazing as the light a true friend will make everything bright.

    Silent into the evening those genuine hopes and whispers is all the comfort you will prefer.

    Softly like a kitten purrs —

    Another thought will occur.

    Now is the time to nuture…

    This time of the year it will seem like a brand-new future.

    Remember life is supposed to be another adventure.

    WRITTEN BY: PATRICIA M. FINNEY

    KEEP IN MIND ALL THESE POEMS WERE WRITTEN TWO YEARS AGO. I AM NOW JUST GETTING STARTED SENDING LAST YEARS POEMS OUT TO PUBLISHER NOW AS WE SPEAK.

    I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN IN PUBLISHING WORLD FOR QUITE A LONG TIME. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE BOOK CALLED “THE POETS MARKET” ANOTHER GREAT ONE IS CALLED “POETRY EVERYWHERE” NOW THAT ONE SHOWS YOU MANY STYLES AND VERSION HOW YOU CAN WRITE A POEM WHICH IS GREAT. I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT NEUROPATHY IS, I GUESS IT AFFECTS THE NERVES IS MY UNDERSTANDING. THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT KINDS OF NEUROPATHY THAT YOU CAN HAVE. THEY STILL HAVEN’T DEFINE WHICH ONE I HAVE.

    I FORGOOT TO TELL YOU I AM NOW ON THE LAST LADY GRACE BOOK. ON MY BIRTHDAY IN SEPTEMBER I DID ORDER YOUR BOOK CALLED “GLORIANA’S TORCH” I AM CERTAINLY LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IT. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY NOW. UNTIL LATER………..

  7. PATRICIA:

    I WROTE THAT POEM WHEN MY FATHER TOLD ME HE HAD A YEAR TO LIVE BECAUSE HE WAS DYING OF CANCER AT THAT MOMENT IT FELT AS IT SOMEONE PUNCH ME IN THE GUTS TWICE.THAT YEAR MY DAD HAD ONE WISH HE WANTED ME TO STOP SMOKING. WELL, I THREW AWAY THE CIGARERETTES COME THE FIRIST OF THE YEAR IT WILL BE TWO YEARS. I HAD A LOT OF QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK MY DAD AND I COULDN’T. BUT WHEN I NEED TO SMILE THERE YOU WERE JUST LIKE A GOOD FRIEND THANK YOU. DECEMBER 28, IS HIS BIRTHDAY I USUALLY SEND MY SISTER LOVELY CARDS TO MAKE THEM SMILE. THERE IS ONLY ONE THING THAT TRULY COMFORT BESIDE PATRICK AND THAT IS YOUR BOOK SO ON DECEMBER 28TH I WELL BE SNUGGLED DOWN ON THE COUCH WITH YOUR BOOK UNTIL I FALL A SLEEP.

  8. I WAS TO WRITE AND READ THE LAST AND FINAL POEM FOR HIS FUNERAL;

    BEYOND TRUTH WHAT IS THERE

    For we are born as one and we leave this world alone with the knowlege which is known.

    Like a lone vessel our Father’s journey began seeking out the meaning of life with every essential heartbeat trying to filfull his life and making each minute complete.

    With pride and igregrity deeply my Father was known for his dignity.

    Instilled in each of us is a stronger sense of truth, for that is the higher standard we live by.

    As you look once more into those trusting eyes, you realize there will never be a deeper truth, or honesty.

    Greater than the moral compass the moral fiber shall never pass for it shall sustain us forever and keepp us together.

    Unconditional love is yours to behold, although friends may enter your life, a Father’s love is the center of your foundation.

    Among every thought and whisper known a Father’s love is the deepest connection you will primarily make in this lifetime.

    With the depth of every heartbeat deeply a parents love will make each moment even more significant.

    Upon every breath you can draw upon a Father’s heart will always impart and instill a greater trust ever known, deeply as much as he will always be for eternity.

    The life that my Father lead is all we have, beyond today nothing will ever be the same way, although we will remember him in our hearts forever, solemmn like a promise his memory will ultimately stays.

    Quiet like the silence whispers falls, that is all.

  9. FANNY FARMER FUDGE

    CAROL MANSKE
    DAYTON’S REMOTEDALE

    2 CUPS SUGAR
    1 CUP SEMI-SWEET CHOLATE CHIPS
    2/3 CUPS EVAPORATED MILK
    1 TEASPOON VANILLA
    1/2 CUP CUP BUTTER
    1 CUP WALNUT (OPTION)

    I: USE BUTTER on 8X8 BAKING PAN OR 9x9x2 INCH PAN. IN

    II: 1 1/2 QUART SAUCEPAN, COMBINE SUGAR AND EVAPORATED MILK. HEAT TO A BOILING, STIRING CONSTANTLY. BOIL 5 MINUTES COUNTING TIME FROM WHEN ROLLING BOIL IS REACHED. REMOVE FROM HEAT.

    III: STIR IN BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE CHIPS UNTIL WELL BLENDED. THEN STIR IN VINILLIA & WALNUTS. BEAT ONE MINUTE.

    IV: POUR INTO PAN. REFRIGERATED UNTIL HARDENED. CUT INTO SQUARES 16-25 PIECES

    1. Patricia says:

      This looks yummy. I’ll have to translate it into English recipe-ese before I can cook it (ounces or grams instead of cups, for instance).

  10. DECEMBER 26, 2011

    HOLY AS THAT GLORIOUS NIGHT THE STAR SHINED BRIGHT.

    ONE ENORMOUS MIRACLE WOULD TAKE PLACE WITH THAT SPECIAL GRACE.

    NEAR AND FAR EVERYONE KNOWS WHO’S JESUS IS WORLDWIDE.

    OFFICIAL AS HIS WORLD GOOD TOWARD MEN THEY HONOR HIM THEIR LORD.

    REMEMBER BY ALL JESUS CHRIST WOULD LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF US ALL TO THIS VERY DAY.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS PATRICIA: I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY ENJOY EVERY MINUTE WITH YOUR FAMILY, AND WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE TRY AND MAKE THAT FUDGE IT GREAT. AS MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD SAY MERRY X-MAS.

    UNDERLINE THE LETTER OF THE FIRST SENTENCE OF THE POEM WHAT DOES THIS POEM SPELL GOING DOWNWARDS. I DID HAVE IT HIGHLIGHTED IN COLOR

  11. IN A PERFECT WORLD IF I WAS GOING TO MAKE QUOTA THIS YEAR. I WOULD HAVE TO WRITE 49 MORE POEMS ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. AS I SAID TO PATRICK AND A FEW OF MY FRIENDS LAST YEAR I WAS BASICALLY WRITING FOR MY FATHER NO ONE ELSE.
    I CERTAINLY HOPE IS A BETTER DAY, I CETAINLY DON’T WANT ANY REPEATS OF YESTERDAY. “OH, I ALMOST FORGOT, I WISH YOU COULD OF HEARD THIS CONVERSATION MY MY MOM AND I HAD. SHE WAS TELLING ME NOT TO USE THE DARK DYE HAIR DYES BECAUSE THEY CAUSE CANCER SUPPOSELY THEY DID A STUDY AND DISCOVERED THIS. WITHOUT EVEN THINKING WHEN SHE TOLD ME NOT TO DYE MY HAIR BLACK. I SAID TO TO HER I PROMISED MS. PATRICIA I WOULD NEVER DYE MY HAIR BLACK.” “THEN MY MOM SAID WHAT?” “”I THEN TOLD HER YOU HAD BALCK HAIR” ” THAT ALRIGHT MINE BROWN UNTIL I GET IN A MOOD AND DECIDE TO COLOR IT RED AND BELIEVE ME I’M ABOUT TO THAT YET I BOUGHT THE DYE THE OTHER DAY. I JUST HAVE TIO BE IN THE RIGHT FAME OF MIND TO DO IT.

    MS. PATRICA HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

    1. Patricia says:

      Well, phooey, I dye my hair black because if I didn’t, I’d have really great grey badger stripes across my head like my grandmother did. Pretty much everything in the world is poisonous if you believe some of the Media… Which I don’t. Two and a half cheers for the chemical industry!

  12. DECEMBER 31, 2011

    I SIMPLY WISH YOU THE BEST THIS YEAR.

    HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!

    IN A FEW HOURS THE NEW YEAR WILL BE HERE.

    AS YOU RAISE YOUR GLASSES IN GOOD CHEER.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

    PS: I ALSO DYE MINE BECAUSE OF THE GRAY HAIR COME SHINING THROUGH. WELL, AS FOR TONIGHT I THINK I AM GOING TO FIND “WHEN HARRY MET SALLY7″OR I WOULD EVEN SETTLE FOR YOU HAVE E-MAIL”. I’M JUST NOT IN THE PARTY MOOD.

    YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND I WILL TALK TO YOU LATER

    1. Patricia says:

      I spent most of New Year’s day with a lost dog I took home late on New Year’s Eve, looking for his master – who we eventually found thanks to BBC Radio Cornwall. I’ll do a blog about this eventually. It was an odd New Year, but very happy and satisfying at the end because the dog’s owner was so happy to see him again. The dog had been frightened by the fireworks at midnight and ran out of the door as a friend came in.

  13. I CAN SEE YOU HAVE BEEN BUSY. I HOPE YOU HAD A BETTER WEEK THEN I DID? DID YOU ENJOY THE BIG NEW YEAR CELEBRATION? I FELL ASLEEP, AT TWO CLOCK I WOKE UP AND WISHED PAT A HAPPY NEW YEARS AFTER HE CAME HOME. I HOPE YOUR NEW YEAR EVE WAS GREAT. MS. PATRICIA HAVE A GREAT DAY AND PLEASE TAKE CARE.

  14. I CERTAINLY HOPE YOU HAVE SOME BRILLAINT IDEAS. WITHOUT A DEGREE, OR A MFA, WHAT OTHER JOBS QUALIFYE FOR SITTING DOWN JOBS? WHERE WOULD YOU START TO LOOK OR BEGIN? WITH THE WAY MY FEET ARE THERE IS NO WAY I CAN GO BACK TO THE PROFESSION I HAVE COME TO KNOW OH, SO WELL. SINCE CHRISTMAS MY FEET HAVE CERTAINLY PROVED THAT TO ME. YET WITH THE JOB MARKET SO CRAZY WHAT I HATE THE MOST I DID DISCOVER FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT JOB OPENINGS ALTHOUGH, FOR WHAT I HAVE WITNESSED I CAN’T DEPEND ON MY MY FEET TO CARRY ME THROUGH. THAT IS WHY I AM ASKING YOU FOR SUGGUESTIONS. I KNOW ACCOUNTING IS OUT, I’M NOT AS FLUENT AS I SHOULD BE WITH COMPUTERS THERE ARE MOMENTS WHEN THE COMPUTER SEEMS TO OUT SMART ME. SO I JUST CONTACT MY BROTHER-IN-LAW THAT KNOWS SUCH THINGS.

    I HOPE YOU HAVE BETTER SUGGESTIONS THEN I DO AT THIS MOMENT.

    YES, I’M STILOL SMILING EVEN THROUGH THIS. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY NOW.

    PATRICIA M. FINNEY

    1. Patricia says:

      I wish I knew more about the jobs situation in the States – alas, Cornwall is pretty bad as well. Are there any funded computer courses you could get on: that would certainly be your best bet for a sitting down job! Strangely enough, I need one that’s mainly standing up and moving around or my back goes.

  15. I’M USE TO BEING ON THE GO MYSELF. ALTHOUGH AROUND NEW YEARS I WENT FOR A FORTY-FIVE MINUTE WALK. I HAD A GREAT WALK. THREE HOURS LATER WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT MY LEG SWELLED UP. THE DOCTOR TOLD ME TO STAY OFF IT. AFTER THE THIRD OR FORTH DAY I FELT FINE. NOW THEY WON’T LET ME EXERCISE. AS LONG AS I AM IN A CHAIR I CAN LIFT WEIGHTS, OR LIKE TODAY I CLEANED THE BATHROOMS AND VACCUMED THE HALLWAYS. BUT FOR FREEDOM TO WALK ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW ALONE I DON’T DARE UNTIL IT GETS WARMER. JUST THINK SPRING IS A LONG WAY OFF. THE STRANGE PART IS I HAVE WALKED LONGER DISTANCES THEN THAT BEFORE AND NOTHING HAS OCCURED. THAT DAY IT WAS QUITE WINDY AND I KIND OF QUESTION IF THAT HAD SOMETHING TO WITH IT. I GUESS WE WILL SEE COME SPRING TIME. WHEN I FINALLY DECIDE TO VENTURE OUT ON MY OWN ONCE AGAIN. I GUESS I WILL CONTINUE TO READ THIS BOOK CALLED “FINDING A JOB AFTER FIFTY REINVENT YOURSELF FOR THE 21ST CENTURY”. I ALSO PICKED UP ANOTHER BOOK WHICH SEEMS VERY INTERESTING ALTHOUGH I HAVEN’T READ THAT MUCH MAYBE TWO OR THREE PAGES BUT IT SEEMS INTERESTING ITS CALLED “12 SIMPLE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS AT WORK FINDING FULFILLMENT REAPING REWARDS” ITS WORTH PICKING UP WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE TO IN THE LIBRARY.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY. YOU ALWAYS BRIGHTEN MY DAY. THANK YOU

    1. Patricia says:

      I’m no doctor, but the advice I always give people when I’m teaching them fitness for Taekwondo (which is my main sport) is you have to start with a lot less than you can do. The important thing is to keep doing something every day. I think your leg swelled up because you may not have been getting too much exercise over the holidays and you overdid things without realising. Also you may have an old injury in that leg. I sprained my right ankle badly a few years ago and if I overdo walking or running, it swells for a few days.
      To deal with the swelling: elevate and rest at first. when the swelling is better or after 3 days, start exercising.
      Then you need to use it but only increase the time slowly. We all need to use our body every day because that’s what we evolved to do. We also need to rest regularly.
      So to start – think how long you can walk for and feel not at all tired or achey? Say, that’s ten minutes.
      OK, tomorrow go for a walk that takes you five minutes. Time it and be really strict about it: walk for 2 mins 30 seconds, then turn around and walk back so it really does equal five minutes. Walk at a normal pace for you and try and find somewhere that’s pleasant and near your house. You want walking to be as easy as possible (I realise this is sometimes hard to achieve in the USA.) The day after tomorrow go for another walk that takes you five minutes. And the day after that. Rest for a day. Do two more days of five minute walks and rest for a day.
      The next week you go for a walk that lasts six minutes. That’s right. Only six minutes. But you do that every day except for two rest days. If your leg starts swelling again, elevate it, rest a day then start again. If it really hurts, you may need an X-ray to see if there’s some kind of injury or problem but there shouldn’t be. Going as gently as this should stop flare-ups.
      The week after that, if everything is good, you go for a walk that lasts… seven minutes. Three days walking, one day rest, two days walking, one day rest.
      You keep adding a minute every week and you keep on with the walking until you get to twenty minutes. Then you can start adding two minutes every week. When you get to 30 minutes you add 3 minutes every week.
      You keep doing this until you’re in the habit of doing a brisk fifty-sixty minute walk five days a week. By that time we’ll be in Fall of 2012 (35 weeks from now) and you may be very surprised at what’s happened to your body, your health, your emotions and possibly even your life. You may be telling me you’ve got this great job but you’re still walking in the morning or evening, whichever is best for you. Who knows?
      We are creatures that evolved to walk for about five hours a day across the African savannah. We are the best walkers on the planet, apart from camels, and the best long-distance runners apart from wolves. Fully fit humans can walk and run for fifty miles in a day and then do it again the next day (horses can’t though they’re faster than us). About the minimum amount of walking our bodies need to stay healthy is one hour a day – but you have to start really small and build up really gently because our modern sedentary world makes our bodies so weak.
      It’s the habit of walking every day that makes it possible – why people with dogs are healthier. Ignore that nonsense about “no pain no gain” – pain is your body’s way of telling you not to do that. Starting small and building up no more than 10% per week means you never trigger that defence.

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    Crippled arm leads to changes in brain
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012 Clare Pain
    ABC

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    The researchers think the finding may have relevance for ‘constraint-induced therapy’ which is often used in stroke victims (Source: Nikki Lowry/iStockphoto)

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    Plastic connections Swiss scientists have shown that breaking your arm can affect your brain. It appears that immobilising the broken limb reduces the thickness of part of the cerebral cortex.

    The study highlights how rapidly the brain can adapt in response to environmental changes, a phenomenon known as brain ‘plasticity’.

    Professor Lutz Jäncke and colleagues at the University of Zurich in Switzerland report their findings in the journal Neurology this week.

    “This is the first human study to look at immobilised arms and actually see the plastic effect on the brain”, says Jäncke.

    Jäncke and his team investigated ten right-handed people who had broken their right arms. He scanned their brains using an MRI scanner within 48 hours of their accidents, just before their arms were immobilised by putting them in a sling or plaster cast.

    Two other measurements were made at this stage: a fibre tract in the brain that sends commands to the arm was measured and the dexterity of their left hand assessed. Being right-handed, they would normally not use their left hand extensively.

    The measurements were repeated about 16 days later, while their right arms were still immobilised.

    The motor cortex on the left side of the brain controls the right arm, and the team found that its thickness had decreased significantly in response to the arm’s lack of use. They also found thinning in the fibre tract.

    “What we have found so far from studies on the plasticity of the brain is that we need to use it or lose it”, says Jäncke.

    As one might expect, left-hand dexterity also increased as patients got better at using their left hands for everyday tasks like eating and brushing their teeth. There were increases in the thickness of the brain cortex controlling the left hand too – but this was primarily in the pre-motor cortex, rather than the motor cortex itself.

    “The pre-motor cortex is especially involved in doing something complicated”, says Jäncke. “It installs and erects new motor programs.”

    Implications for stroke treatment
    Jäncke thinks his findings may have relevance for ‘constraint-induced therapy’ which is often used in stroke victims. In this therapy, when a stroke has affected one arm of a patient, the remaining (good) arm is immobilised using a sling, forcing the patient to use and improve their stroke-affected limb. Jäncke’s work suggests that the motor cortex controlling the good arm will thin with disuse.

    Dr Penelope McNulty of Neuroscience Research Australia says, “This is a nice demonstration. It just shows how dynamic the brain remodelling really can be. As far as I’m aware, this is one of the first studies to show that inactivity produces plasticity in the human brain.”

    As far as the implications for constraint-induced therapy are concerned, McNulty thinks there is unlikely to be a problem. “Nowadays we don’t immobilise the arm in a sling. For safety reasons patients wear a mitt which can be taken on and off.” This means that the arm is not completely immobile.

    The next step for Jäncke’s group is to see how long lasting the brain thinning is.

    “We want to get all the subjects to come back”, he says. Now that their broken arms are fixed and they are out of their casts, he expects their brains will be back to normal.

    Tags: stroke, neuroscience, brain-and-nervous-system

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  17. I’M CURIOUS HOW THIS GUY RECIEVED MY E-MAIL ADDRESS. ESSECIALLY WHEN IT WAS YOURS HE WANTED? SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU HAVE. I WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN I PROMISE.

    1. Patricia says:

      I’m sorry, I have no idea – maybe he somehow accessed the comment section here and thinks you’re me?

  18. PFPDWYER@AOL.COM

    JANUARY 10, 2012

    THE DOCTOR HAD CLEARED ME ON USING THE STATIONARY EXERCISE BIKE THREE WEEK BEFORE THEN.

    WELL, A FEW DAYS AGO I FELT TRAPPED INSIDE THIS HOUSE. I DECIDED TO CALL PAT’S PARENTS AND LET THEM KNOW I WAS GOING TO THE LIBRARY WHICH IS A MILE FROM MY HOUSE. I MADE IT THERE AND BACK, THE STRANGEST THING HAPPENED TO ME WHEN I WAS IN THE GAS STATION ON BEACH DALY THOUGH. I WENT IN TO BUY A DIET PEPSI AND WHILE I WAS IN THERE THE LADY ASKED ME IF I FOUND EVERYTHING ALRIGHT. PATRICIA, I WASN’T OVER THERE YESTERDAY. I HAD OTHER PLANS. I WASN’T EVEN NEAR THAT PLACE. SO, MY QUESTION IS WHO ELSE LOOKS LIKE ME? IT WAS HIGH TIME I DYED MY HAIR.. BEFORE I WAS DONE, I ENDED UP DYING MY HAIR DARK BROWN IT IS REALLY DARK.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

    1. Patricia says:

      I’ve got a doppelganger myself somewhere in Truro – causes endless confusion because I’m terrible at remembering names and faces so I just smile sweetly and say “Hi, how are you” and so on until I can work out who they are – or not. Possibly she has the same trouble.

  19. I SPOKE TO A FRIEND AND THEY ASKED ME IF I WAS OUT WALKING AS THE SUN WAS GOING DOWN. THE STRANGE PART IS THAT I NEVER LEFT THE HOUSE. YET THEY THOUGHT IT WAS ME.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND THANK YOU, YOU DON’T KNOW IT BUT THE OTHER NIGHT I WAS WRESTLING WITH SOMETHING. I DECIDED TO TURN THE PAGES. IT WAS YOUR WORDS THAT MADE THE DIFFERENT. THANK YOU.

  20. FEBRUARY 15, 2012

    IF YOU HAVE KNOWN ME LONG ENOUGH YOU WOULD KNOW IT TAKE STRENGTH AND GRACE TO SEE ME THROUGH WITH EVERYTHING I DO. DON’T EVER FORGET THAT..

  21. Subject: A Warning From Shell Oil Company

    Please send this information to ALL your family & friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

    MUST READ, EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN A CAR.

    Shell Oil Comments – A MUST READ!

    Safety Alert!
    Here are some reasons why we don’t allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.

    The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations

    In the first case, the phone was placed on the car’s trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

    In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car!

    And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

    You should know that: Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes

    Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

    Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

    Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc…)

    TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

    1) Turn off engine
    2) Don’t smoke
    3) Don’t use your cell phone – leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
    4) Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling.

    Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of ‘static electricity’ at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

    His results were very surprising:

    1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.

    2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.

    3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.

    4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.

    5) Don’t ever use cell phones when pumping gas

    6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.

    7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer .

    8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

    Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
    If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

    As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

    I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

    Thanks for passing this along.

  22. GOOD MORNING HOW IS EVERYTHING GOING? I HOPE ALL IS ALRIGHT. SO, WHAT IS FILLING YOUR TIME AND KEEPING YOU BUSY CONSIDERING THAT THE BEES ARE ALL HIBRINATING AND YOUR NO LONGER WORKING AT THE BOOK STORE. WHAT KIND OF EXCITEMENT ARE YOU CREATING NOW? HOW BAD ARE YOUR GAS PRICES AS OF THIS MORNING HERE IN MICHIGAN WERE PAYING $3.99 ITS JUST A MATTER OIF TIME BEFORE IT BECOMES FIVE DOLLARS.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

    1. Patricia says:

      Just catching up with my comments – the blasted WordPress people changed how it works so I couldn’t find anything. Now they’ve done the same to the Google page, blast it. At the moment I’m writing a new Carey crime novel and publicising my book “The Poetry Diet.” Also I am trying to get my middle son out of the house and into some kind of job (he has Asperger’s syndrome so it’s very hard for him and there’s not a lot of work in Cornwall) and support my younger son with his school exams, the GCSEs. Anyway, my days just seem to whirl away.

    2. Patricia says:

      Here in England we dream of gas at $3.99 a gallon. We pay £1.38 a litre. A litre is a bit more than a quart, so we’re talking about £5 per gallon, which comes out at $7.80. Most of that’s tax. Moral of the story, don’t drive in England!

  23. ARE YOU AWARE THAT WALLMART HAS A PRODUCT COMPETITION? YOU CAN TRY TO SELL YOUR BOOK THERE

    1. Patricia says:

      It’s for sale over the Internet from Thingley Press direct – also I don’t trust Wallmart.

  24. PATRICIA M. FINNEY says:

    I HOPE ALL GOES WELL, TODAY, IT WILL MEAN SO MUCH MORE FOR THE FUTURE. ITS TIME. I HOPE I RECIEVE THE ANSWERS I HAVE WANTED FOR SO LONG.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

  25. YOU WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN? HERE IS THE UNITED STATES THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT CALL AND WANT TO DO SERVEYS. WELL ONE NIGHT PAT HAD RECIEVE SUCH A CALL AND WHEN HE TOLD ME ABOUT IT THE FIRST PHRASE THAT CAME TO MIND WAS “NOT UNTIL THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH” AFTER I THOUGHT ABOUT IT YOU COULD HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH THAT SAYING CONSIDERING THAT WHEN THEY DOM CALL BACK YOU CAN ALWAYS SAY YOU NEED TO RESCEDULE. AFTER THE THIRD OR FOURTH TIME YOU WOULD HOPE WHOEVER IS DOING THE CALLING WISENS UP.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY PATRICIA

    1. Patricia says:

      I just say no if I don’t feel like doing it. Unless they try to pretend that it’s a survey when they’re trying to sell me something, in which case I’ll take the mickey.

  26. WHY DID THE SHEEP BECOME RADIOACTIVE? DID THEY EVER SAY IN THE NEWS?

    1. Patricia says:

      Not sure – where were the radioactive sheep? If in north-west Britain (near Carlisle) it could be because of a nuclear power station there, or even because of Chernobyl 20 years ago. If in Japan, it would be Fukushima, I expect.

  27. THE NEWS MEDIA SAID EUROPE THAT IS WHY IT CUAGHT MY ATTENTION.

    WITH FACEBOOK THE OTHER NIGHT ON TV THEY HAD A PROGRAM WHERE THEY WERE SPEAKING ABOUT OUR PRIVACY RIGHTS. AND HOW FACEBOOK CAN USE ANYTHING WE WRITE. YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK INTO THAT. I TRIED AND I COULDN’T ACCESS IT ALTHOUGH I’M ON AOL THAT THE DIFFERENCE. I HATE TO HAVE THEM BE ABLE TO USE WHAT WE HAVE WRITTEN TO MAKE A BUCK HERE OR THERE. SO, YOU MIGHT WANT TO SPEAK SOMEONE IN CHARGE OF THE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS. IF THAT IS THE CASE THAT SURE LIMITS WHAT WE CAN WRITE.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY

    1. Patricia says:

      Ah Europe – quite a big place. Sort of the same size as Eastern USA.
      If there was someone to write to at Facebook, I’d write to them about it. I don’t mind them making money out of it – they have to if we want to keep using it – but I’d prefer them to ask before they unilaterally change lay-outs and stuff. It wouldn’t be difficult.

  28. MR. ZUCKERBURG IS WHO YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO AT FACEBOOK. HE IS ONE OF THE TOP PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF FACEBOOK THE SOUNDS OF THINGS THEY DO IT WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE.

    HAPPY EASTER HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY

    WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK TOUR?

  29. THROUGHOUT LIFE THERE ARE INTERESTING EXPERIENCES THAT HELP US DEVELOP CHARACTER WHERE WE NEVER DREMED OF. YOU SHOULD GO TO THOSE AUTHOR CONVENTIONS MORE.

  30. DO YOU REALIZE LAST YEAR WE GENERATED MORE PAGES THEN THIS YEAR? I KNOW BECAUSE I’M KEEPING TRACK.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

    1. Patricia says:

      You’re right – I’m trying to post more often but I’m busy writing a new Carey crime novel and also publicising my new book “The Poetry Diet” – containing poems about my disastrous relationship with chocolate and some very useful recipes for chocolate truffles… (Conflicted? Moi?)

  31. WELL, I WILL HAVE TO BUY “THE POETRY DIET” I HOPE ITS NOT ALL CHOCOLATE BECAUSE UNLIKE YOU, CHOCOLATE NOT IN MY DIET ITS BEEN SEVERAL YEARS SINCE I ATE MY LAST BITE OF CHOCOLATE. DO YOU WANT TO TRY SOMETHING SWEETER THEN CHOCOLATE, TRY [MELTY MINTS] THAT IS WHAT TOOK THE PLACE OF CHOCOLATE WHEN I FINALLY HAD TO GIVE IT UP. I WILL PROBABLY GO AND ORDER YOUR BOOK THURSDAY OR FRIDAY. THERE IS ANOTHER BOOK I NEED TO BUY.

    THE OTHER NIGHT I WAS SITTING IN THE LIVINGROOM WATCHING TV. WHEN I THOUGHT I DON’T KNOW YOUR FAVORITE COLOR. I HAVE TWO FAVORITE COLORS ALTHOUGH I WON’T REVEAL WHAT MY FAVORITE COLORS ARE UNTIL YOU REVEAL YOURS FIRST. ALTHOUGH IF I HAD TO GUESS BY THE PHOTOGRAPHS I WOULD SAY BLUE IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR IS THAT EVEN A CLUE?

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

    1. Patricia says:

      My favourite colour veers between purple and fuschia pink. I occasionally have to give up chocolate when it gives me migraine but I always go back to it! I admire anyone who can stay off the stuff permanently.

  32. MS. PATRICIA: I TRIED TO BUY YOUR BOOK “THE POETRY DIET” I TOLD THE BOOK STORE IT WAS ON PAY PAL. THEY TOLD ME THAT THE UNITED STATES DIDN”T HAVE THE RIGHTS. SO I COULDN’T PURCHASE YOUR BOOK. SO YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE MAGIC HAPPEN FOR ME.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

    1. Patricia says:

      You can buy direct from me using Paypal – see the Buy My Books page on this website. You need a Paypal account or a credit card. The store is right that the book hasn’t been published in the USA, but with the internet that hardly matters any more!

  33. OUT OF ALL THE FAVORITE COLORS I HAVE I HAVE TO SAY BLACK COME FIRST THEN THE SECOND COLOR IS YELLOW/GOLD.

    I WISH THERE WAS ANOTHER WAY I CAN RECIEVE YOUR BOOK. I GUESS I WILL JUST HAVE TO PASS FOR NOW UNTIL I CAN BUY IT FROM A BOOKSTORE. SORRY.

  34. WOULD YOU HONESTY DENY MANY PEOPLE NATIONWIDE OF UYOUR NOVELS IN THIS WORLD? NOT EVERYONE HAS PENPAL AT THEIR ACESS. FURTHERMORE EVERYBODY IN THIS WORLD ISN’T ISSUED A CREDIT CARD EITHER. I’MN SURE YOU WILL HAVE SOME TRUST FANS ALL OVER THIS WORLD THAT WILL BE DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY CAN’T RECIEVE YOUR BOOK YOU HAVE WRITTEN. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DISAPPOINT ALL THOSE FANS?

    1. Patricia says:

      No, of course I don’t want to deny anybody access to my books! It’s not up to me (everybody seems to think writers are very powerful people with access to things like marketing departments and international distributors. Alas, this is only true of J K Rowling and a few others.)
      If a publisher doesn’t choose to publish my book, I can’t make them. All I can do is find a local publisher who will publish it or do it myself. I then have the problem of getting the book distributed. There isn’t room to go into the hows and whys of it, but trust me when I say that all I want is for my books to be bought and read by everybody in the world. This is what publishers organise. If you know a publisher who would like to publish my book in the States, send them my contact details! Until then, the very best I can do is offer the book for sale on Paypal.

  35. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT YOU HAVE ANY BROKEN BONES THIS YEAR. IT WAS LAST MOTHERS DAY WHEN YOU ENDED UP IN A CAST…

    JUST HAVE A WONDERFUL MOTHERS DAY AND ENJOY EVERY MINUTE WITH YOUR KIDS.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY

    1. Patricia says:

      That’s interesting – my birthday must be near the American Mother’s Day – the European one is in March! And my arm is a lot better (it has a plate in it which I want to have removed) and I’ve managed not to break any more bones, touch wood!

  36. ARE YOU READY TO HEAR THIS THE OTHER DAY I WAS IN THE REDFORD LIRARY. THEY HAVE A LITTLE CAFE INSIDE WHERE THEY SELL COOKIES AND DIFFERENT ASSORMENTS OF COFFEE. I SEEN THIS COOKIE IT WAS IN A SHAPE OF A RING AND IT HAD A PURPLE GEM ON IT. THAT DAY I ASKED THE LADY BEHIND THE COUNTER IF IT WAS PRICESS DIANA’S RING. WELL YESTERDAY I WAS IN THERE AND GUESS WHAT OTHER COOKIES THEY HAD ON THEIR TABLE AS YOU WALKED IN. THE IFEL TOWERS. I JUST SMILED THINKING OF YOU.

    NOW I HAVE A QUESTION WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY POEM SENT IN MAY OR SHOULD I CONTINUE TO SEND IT IN SEPTEMBER?

    HAVE A WONDER DAY

    1. Patricia says:

      I think we call that kind of biscuit over here Jammy Dodgers… Maybe not, I had a long conversation about fig rolls on Twitter once.
      My birthday is in May, but I don’t put it out because it’s my business and also I am the least Taurean Taurus you ever saw!

  37. ARE YOU ENJOYING THE FESTIVITIES OF THE JUBILEE. I HAVE WATCHING IT ON TELEVISION IN THE MORNINGS.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY.

  38. TIME…THINK ABOUT THAT ONE ON ALL RESERVATIONS.

  39. CHOCOLATE CAKE, FUDGE, A FEW MORE DELIGHTS. THE LOVE FOR PEOPLE. MAKING THOSE SPECIAL CONNECTIONS. DOING EVERYTHING WITH PERFECTION. JUST KNOWING YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED A JOB WELL DONE. THE SEARCH OF TOMORROW IS THROIUGH. JUST LIKE A NEW ADVENTURE ITS TIME TO START SOMETHING NEW IN THE DAY AHEAD.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

    1. patricia says:

      I totally agree! My favourite choc cake is now called tiffin – we used to call it fridge-cake (made with crushed cookies, golden syrup, butter, cocoa, chocolate…). Yum.

  40. SO PATRICIA TELL ME WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR TRAVELS LATELY. ITS ALWAYS FACSINATING TO HERE YOUR LAST GREAT ADVENTURE.

    1. patricia says:

      Nowhere very interesting I’m afraid – I’m writing a lot which doesn’t leave a lot of time for adventuring!

  41. YOU HAVE HAD ME CURIOUS SINCE THE OLYMPIC GAMES STARTED. I HEARD A NAME AND I QUESTIONED IF MAYBE ONE OF YOUR SONS. “SON NUMBER ONE OR SON NUMBER TWO WAS IN THE BIKING COMPETITION. THE STRANGE PART I HAVEN’T HEARD ANY MORE ABOUT TAYLOR FINNEY. I DON’T KNOW IF HE IS OUT OF THE COMPETITION OR NOT. I BET IT SURE GET CRAZY WITH ALL THESE EVENTS. I BET IT THROWS OFF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. ONE MORE QUESTION IS EVERYONE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE OVER THERE

    1. patricia says:

      Luckily I live in Cornwall which is about 300 miles away from all the brouhaha (a long way in England, owing to the traffic). I enjoyed watching the opening ceremony and closing ceremony on the TV. No – neither of my sons are in the cycling or I’d be up there shrieking at them to “get a f***ing move on!” However Finneys are rare enough over here that it’s quite possible he’s a distant cousin via my grandfather.

  42. CHOCILATES ANYONE?

    REMEMBER YOU CAN’T JUST EAT ONE.

    HOW ABOUT A DARK TALL GLASS OF BEER?

    SHARED WITH A CLOSE FRIEND WHICH IS SINCERE.

    JUST REMEBER ONE THING WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO DO ON THIS SACRED DAY. DO IT WITH GRACE AND EMBRACE THE LOVE THAT SURROUNDS YOU. YOUR HUSBAND WILL BE INSIDE YOUR HEART FOREVERMORE. JUST BE AT PEACE AND FIND THAT ONE THING YOU LOVE DOING THAT BRIGHTENS YOUR DAY. THAT WILL HELP.

    1. patricia says:

      Thank you. What I love doing is writing so that’s what I did.

  43. ALL I KNOW ON DAYS LIKE THAT YOU NEED TO BE DOING SOMETHING YOU LOVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL WAIT. BUT THAT DAY YOU MUST DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU TRULY HAPPY. REMEMBER HAPPINESS DOESN’T COME IN A BOTTLE. EVERY DAY WE MUST ALL STRIVE FOR TRUE HAPPINESS THAT ALONE IS IMPORTANT.

    THIS MONTH EVERY YEAR ON THE THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST MICHIGAN HAS A CRUISE WHICH TAKES PLACE ON WOODWARD. IF YOU LOVE OLD CARS ITS QUITE A BIG DEAL. THERE ARE MORE CARS THEN YOU CAN COUNT. IT QUITE SPETACLAR. IF YOU EVER GET THE URGE TO VENTURE OUT IT MAYBE WORTH WATCHING FROM THE SIDELINE ON WOODWARD THE EVENT IS USUALLY HELD ON THE WEEKEND. OF COURSE I WILL BE WATCHING THIS EVENT FROM MY LIVINGROOM.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

  44. PATRICIA M. FINNEY says:

    HAVE YOU TRIED AMOZONS ON THE COMPUTER IT MAY JUST BE THE WAY TO GO. ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE THERE IS A FEE FOR USING THAT SERVICE $100.00 FOR A YEAR IF IT HASN’T CHANGED.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY

  45. Let The Party Begin With A Real Bang

    You will always have a lot more candles upon your cake thats no mistake.

    Your only a few years older give or take.

    Still today you can have all the icing on the cake.

    Now make a wish and hope that it comes true, see the wonder in everything you do.

    With all your curiosity let this world always be a bigger mystery.

  46. STEP BACK AND CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

    BEFORE YOU DO SOMETHING YOU REGRET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER CONTACTING THE FOLLOWING TV PROGRAMS HERE IN THE UNITE STATE:

    THE VIEW

    THE DOCTORS

    DOCTOR OZ

    THESE THREE PROGRAMS HAVE PRIZES THEY PASS OUT AS GIFTS TO THEIR AUDIENCE. ONCE THE AUDIENCE RECEIVE THE BOOK AND THEY READ IT THEY WILL RECOMMEND IT TO THEIR FRIENDS. HOPEFULLY WHEN THEIR FRIENDS READ THE BOOK THEY WILL DO THE SAME THING. YOU WON’T KNOW UNLESS YOU TRY. GO FOR THE GUSTO! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE AT THIS POINT?

    THE PUBLIC WILL CONTINUE TO WAIT FOR YOUR GREATEST MASTERPIECES. THESE CLASSIC NOVELS CAN ONLY BE WRITTEN BY WITH YOUR AUTHENTIC FLARE. YOU HAVE MADE A NAME FOR YOURSELF. YOU HAVE FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT WILL WAIT PATIENTLY JUST TO READ YOUR NEXT NOVEL

    LET YOUR SON KNOW AS WRITERS WE ALL GO TO THAT PLACE WHERE WE FEEL CONTENT, THAT PLACE WHERE NO ONE CAN DARE TO IMAGE OR CONTEMPLATE WHAT COME NEXT AND THEY NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. A PLACE WHERE NO ONE ELSE CAN NEVER IMAGINE. THAT PLACE WHERE CONTENTMENT FULFILLS YOUR HEART AND SOUL. REMEMBER, EVERY CHARACTER INSIDE THOSE MANUSCRIPTS HAVE TAKEN ON A PERSONA OF THEIR OWN, BECAUSE YOU VISUALIZE EVERY LAST DETAIL UNTIL THE VERY END. AS WRITERS WERE ALL PASSIONATE IN WHAT WE WRITE.

    I SEE YOU ALSO HAVE THE ARTISTIC FLARE WHEN IT COMES TO DRAWING. I THINK ITS TIME YOU TAKE SOME TIME AND CREATE THAT MASTERPIECE. TAKE FIFTEEN MINUTES A DAY OR A HALF AN HOUR. AFTER YOU FINISH DRAWING I WANT YOU TO NOTICE HOW MUCH MORE YOUR RELAXED. NOW CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL. THAT IS ALL I ASK FOR, BESIDES IT WILL BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE JUST AS WELL. EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE ENLIGHTEN AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES.

    HERE ANOTHER QUESTION I HAVE. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU ACTUALLY PAMPERED YOURSELF? NOW DON’T YOU THINK ITS ABOUT TIME TO INDULGE? LIVE A LITTLE. HAS SOME FUN.

    YOU LOVE THE THEATER. DON’T YOU THINK ITS ABOUT TIME YOU WRITE A GREAT SCREENPLAY?

    IF NOTHING WORKS ESCAPE AND GET AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND THE BUSTLE. EVERYTHING WILL LOOK A LOT BETTER TOMORROW IF NOT TOMORROW GIVE IT A MONTH OR SO. IT WILL IF YOU GIVE IT TIME. JUST REMEMBER WE ALL CAN’T BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYBODY! THERE ARE MOMENTS WHERE ALL YOU CAN DO IS PLEASE YOURSELF. DON’T YOU FORGET THAT EITHER, ITS IMPORTANT.

    THE CHALLENGE IS BEFORE YOU.

    THE CHALLENGE STILL AWAITS

    NOW JUST ANTICIPATE SOMETHING WONDERFUL AND GREAT.

    YOU KNOW YOU CAN’T STOP HERE. WRITING IS IN YOUR BLOOD. AS A CLOSE AND DEAR FRIEND HAS TOLD ME WE EAT, WE BREATHE AND WE SLEEP EVERY WORD WRITTEN AND THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE. LISTEN TO THAT INNER VOICE. YOU WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO. AS LONG AS YOU TRUST YOUR HEART.

    PLEASE TAKE CARE.

    WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T STAY AWAY TO LONG. YOU WILL BE MISSED GREATLY BY EVERYONE THAT KNOWS YOU

    1. patricia says:

      Well – I don’t know about artistic flair. I didn’t draw the illustrations on my website – wish I could do something like that. Don’t worry, I’ll never stop writing because that’s what keeps me out of the loony bin. As for screenplays – I’ve written several but none of them have been optioned yet. So if you know any Hollywood producers…! And you’re right about the pampering, I’ve booked myself a massage on my way up to London.

  47. I HAVE A QUESTION HAVE YOU CONSIDER LOOKING IN YOUR BACK YARD? THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKSELLER CONVENTIONS IN YOUR SURROUNDING AREAS SUCH AS NEW YORK, PARIS, SPAIN, GERMANY AND EVEN EUROPE OR LONDON ARE KNOWN FOR THIS. CHECK IT OUT, WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER. I SURE THERE IS MORE.

    JUST DON’T STAY OUT IN THE BACK YARD TO LONG.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY

    ALSO WITH ALL THIS BOXES GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE BREATHING TIME. THATS IMPORTANT.

    1. patricia says:

      Well, Europe is my backyard but it’s not quite as close as it looks. New York’s quite a long way as well. At least I’m in London now!

  48. THE LONG LAST MILE HOME

    THERES NO FEELIN’ LIKE GOING HOME, NO MATTER WHERE YOU COME FROM.

    AS INSPIRIN’ AS IT CAN BE THERE ARE MOMENTS WHEN IT CAN BE INTERESTIN’

    BEYOND THE FEELIN’ THERE IS TREMENDOUS MEANIN’

    IN THE DEPTH OF YOUR HEART IS THERE ANY GREATER PLACE THEN HOME?

  49. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING OVER THERE? THOSE THOUGHT HAVE TO BE PRETTY DEEP. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. AT LEAST SPEAK.

  50. I HOPE ALL IS WELL ON THE FOREFRONTS WITH HURICANE SANDY MOVING IN. I HOPE YOUR FAR AWAY FROM THAT HURICANE AND SAFE.

    PLEASE TAKE CARE AND KNOW YOUR IN MY THOUGHTS.

    I HOPE YOUR MOTHER IS DOING FINE.

  51. BY ANY CHANCE WHEN YOU LIVED IN NEW YORK. DID YOU LIVE BY FIRE ISLAND?

  52. I HOPE EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT THE LAST TIME WE CONVERSED WAS IN SEPTEMBER. I JUST HOPE YOUR KNEE DEEP IN BOXES, TRYING TO UNPACK ALL YOUR BELONGINGS. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY LIFE IS A FUNNY THING. I MISS YOUR WIT. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

  53. STILL……………………………………………..

  54. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. CHEERS, FOR WERE ALL HERE.

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