for a poem to be good it must be simple in that you can easily derive a meaning from it for you. simple not in the sense that it’s not complex, but in the sense that it does not hide itself in literary-virtuosity (but don’t get me wrong, i get ecstatic over found literary references, … Read moreA good poem?
The spaces within us are immense. Like whole worlds, universes unto themselves. Researchers and scientists seek to look inside and understand, and through a long process of doing this have been able to uncover incredible details about the inner workings of the infinitesimal within. But we can’t look inside and understand what is happening within … Read moreBalance
If you asked him ‘How are ya?’, sometimes my Dad used to answer – ‘A box of fluffies – all dead!’. To translate for those unfamiliar with slang from the Aotearoa-land, if he’d answered ‘A box of fluffies’ he’d have meant he was feeling pretty good. [I honestly don’t really know why a box of … Read moreWrite and release
Being punched in the face doesn’t sound ideal really, and if I’m honest I’m not really a big fan of the practice. I took a hit last night during kumite (sparring with someone else), and at first I was bit shocked! I’ve been quite terrified if I’m really really honest of kumite mainly because I … Read moreThe upside of being punched in the face
The reason why I can learn karate even though I have Parkinson’s is that the medication I’m on allows me a few hours at a time in which I can move almost normally. The meds are taken at regular times of day, but a number of things can affect their effectiveness. So even though my … Read moreA Parky in the dojo
At the football club Luka plays for they do an annual prizegiving and one of the trophies awarded in each team is for Coach’s Choice. Each coach does their own thing in selecting their winners, and Luka’s coach this year awarded it based on tenacity. The coach described a player who, in the face of … Read moreTenacity: On you will go…though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.
As I was starting to feel smug and all ‘I’ve got a handle on this Life-with-PD-Thing’, Anxiety drops in for a chat. I’d just written a blog post about being a lot more calm, and next thing you know I’m feeling overwhelmed again, and having a few panic attacks! It felt like a moment of … Read moreYou can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch
I stumbled onto karate. In no way did I have a plan at all (Elia did, he is way smarter than me). But starting up with it was a happy accident. I didn’t realise how good a choice it was until Jane (my physio who taught me the LSVT BIG exercises) asked what other stuff … Read more…and face up to your problems whatever they are.
So what is Parkinson’s anyway? And what is it like to have it? These are great questions, thanks heaps for asking! What to ask is such a fraught business isn’t it? Sometimes, at work, I notice people glancing at me sideways as I lumber past …its like I can see a thought bubble with a … Read more+You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in October 2018, my Dad was dying. He left this world and his body and us behind about a month later. Grief slammed me in the face. I knew about death. I’d seen three of my Grandparents buried. Elia’s Granddad had died in January 2018. But I also didn’t … Read moreOh, the places you’ll go!