Welcome to my blog.  I'm not going to promise constant art posts because life is about far more than just art alone, although art is my life, I do enjoy many other things, some of which are totally the opposite of art. 

Life is about variety, and here is where I'll share many thoughts; some big and some small.  I'm no great writer and don't purport to be one, but I really do enjoy being able to journal my many thoughts and experiences; some good, some not so good!

Whoever you are, and wherever you are, enjoy your life.  We only have one and I hope through this digital medium I can share some of mine with you. 

Book Review : Hospisophy : The Wisdom of the Hospice by Danny Blorian

December 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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Danny Blorian’s book,  Hospisophy The Wisdom of the Hospice is described as a way to die, and a way to live. 

I found an intrinsic beauty written between the pages of people’s stories as their life was coming to a close.  What is between the pages is a manual on how to live so as to die without regret, without sadness, without looking back and wishing things had been done differently, or better choices had been made.  

 

Danny Blorian shares with his readers an amazing amount of empathy in how to care and show kindness to those we love and care for in their time of greatest need. 

 

Most importantly - he gives his readers the honest secrets on how to live. 

 

Highly recommended to anyone who wishes to live a good life and die with peace.

 

Beautifully written and extremely profound.

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Audiobook Review : Uprooted by Peter J Boni

December 21, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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Description

How a journey of self-discovery unearthed the scandalous evolution of artificial insemination

By his forties, Peter J. Boni was an accomplished CEO, with a specialty in navigating high-tech companies out of hot water. Just before his fiftieth birthday, Peter’s seventy-five-year-old mother unveiled a bombshell: His deceased father was not biological. Peter was conceived in 1945 via an anonymous sperm donor. The emotional upheaval upon learning that he was “misattributed” rekindled traumas long past and fueled his relentless research to find his genealogy. Over two decades, he gained an encyclopedic knowledge of the scientific, legal, and sociological history of reproductive technology as well as its practices, advances, and consequences. Through twenty-first century DNA analysis, Peter finally quenched his thirst for his origin.

In Uprooted, Peter J. Boni intimately shares his personal odyssey and acquired expertise to spotlight the free market methods of gamete distribution that conceives dozens, sometimes hundreds, of unknowing half-siblings from a single donor. This thought-provoking book reveals the inner workings―and secrets―of the multibillion-dollar fertility industry, resulting in a richly detailed account of an ethical aspect of reproductive science that, until now, has not been so thoroughly explored.

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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781626349094
PRICE  
DURATION 7 Hours, 48 Minutes, 13 Seconds

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At the age of 50 the Author, Peter J Boni, discovers via his 75 year old mother that he was conceived via artificial insemination due to his father being infertile.   His parents  had a choice of remaining childless or his Mother could undergo conception via anonymous donor.  In 1945 they chose the latter.   Peter was conceived and raised as if he was born to the two biological parents he’d lived with. 

 

Within this book is a beautiful intertwining of a more personal retelling amidst a great deal of deeply researched scientific data and history of artificial insemination. 

 

I found this Audiobook very difficult to stop listening to; it was absolutely riveting to discover that personally I had always presumed artificial insemination to be an almost modern choice of childless couples, and yet it has been going on for so long and with such fervour that the true date of the inception of this practice is probably unknown. 

 

For 20 plus years Peter seeks to not only share his findings, but to seek his true origins.  In the beginning he mainly wanted to fill in his medical history,  but what came about was far more than he could have wished for.   There’s been a great secrecy regarding artificial insemination and Peter exposes a lot of it, but when he was conceived his parents were told to keep the matter a secret, even from his Mother’s own treating Obstetrician!  The data on eugenics is eye opening and stark, and yet told in a manner that is easily understood. 

 

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in memoirs dealing with medical issues, particularly personal accounts!   As an added bonus I found the narrator Josh Bloomberg superb. 

 

One of the best books I’ve listened to all year! 

 

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

 


Book Review : Truly, Darkly, Deeply by Victoria Selman

December 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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Description

'Gravely compelling, sophisticated, terrifying' Chris Whitaker

'Chilling and compulsive, and with a wicked twist. I loved it' Cara Hunter

'An utterly absorbing twisted story and a strong contender for the thriller of 2022' John Marrs

A mind-blowing, unputdownable serial killer thriller of a very different kind - perfect for all fans of Mindhunter and Girl A

Twelve-year-old Sophie and her mother, Amelia-Rose, move to London from Massachusetts where they meet the charismatic Matty Melgren, who quickly becomes an intrinsic part of their lives. But as the relationship between the two adults fractures, a serial killer begins targeting young women with a striking resemblance to Amelia-Rose.

When Matty is eventually sent down for multiple murders, questions remain as to his guilt -- questions which ultimately destroy both women. Nearly twenty years later, Sophie receives a letter from Battlemouth Prison informing her Matty is dying and wants to meet. It looks like Sophie might finally get the answers she craves. But will the truth set her free -- or bury her deeper?

'A creepy, engrossing novel which plunges the dark depths of a serial killer and his crimes' Araminta Hall

'Original and clever - an incredibly tense read' Harriet Tyce

 

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EDITION Other Format 
ISBN 9781529420647
PRICE £12.99 (GBP)

Review

Victoria Selman’s Book Truly, Darkly, Deeply is written in a style that will keep you guessing from beginning to end.   Personally,  I found it extremely difficult to put down. 

Amelia-Rose meets with a man, Matty Melgren when her daughter Sophie is only 12 years old.   

 

Matty and Sophie bond like Father and daughter but later Matty is arrested and imprisoned after several murders had occurred.  

 

But was he guilty?  Sophie mulls everything over in her mind as she and her Mother traverse the views towards them of society in general.  The story is told through Sophie’s eyes, and I found her character to be well rounded out and quite deeply sad whilst she looks back over 20 years.   An excellent read with a delicious twist!  

 

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

 


Beauty And The Beast Of Nature

December 16, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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A combination of several photographs worked together after printing with added acrylic paint strokes makes for a combination of beautiful poppies admidst and oncoming storm of nature. The intensity of the red poppies is enhanced by the rough and threatening sky. This will print beautifully on any surface but I would recommend canvas to bring out the intentional textural and impasto strokes of paint.