Memoir of a mad woman-Vashti-Quiroz Vega

I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Vashti’s two books The Fall of Lilith and The Son of The Serpent.

Memoir of a Mad Woman is an entirely different novel. What would you do if you were pushed to the edge of the cliff by circumstance, cruel people and abuse?

This is the dilemma facing our main character, Emma.

Surrounded by madness she enters hell when her fanatically religious mother dies in a house fire and Emma is thrown into a state care orphanage.

This is Emma’s story of what happened to her once inside those walls and a brutal and horrific one it is.

This novel pulls no punches and the horror of abuse and cruelty are documented. This is a work of fiction but we have all heard or read stories of what children and young adults can go through in care.

The conclusion of Emma’s tale is the result of someone pushed to the edge of the cliffs and not wanting to jump off. I could not put this story down. I cried, I raged and in the end, understood why Emma did the things she did.

This book is not for the faint-hearted but for me, it shines as a memory to all those who have suffered at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them and nurture them.

I highly recommend this novel and have given it 5 stars on Amazon.

‘Marjorie Johnson, Shaman of Suburbia’ by Simon Young

Neil Rushton gives us an incredible insight into Marjorie Johnson a wonderful lady who not only saw the fey but interacted with them.


The story of Marjorie Johnson (1911-2011) is fascinating. Her primary legacy is the book Seeing Fairies, but, as recounted here, her interactions with the faeries took many paths and she may legitimately be seen as a mystic, and perhaps even a modern shaman, albeit a very unusual one. She also became secretary of The Fairy Investigation Society, a role now inhabited by Dr Simon Young. Simon has written extensively on faerie folklore and currently teaches at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. This article appeared originally in the newsletter of The Fairy Investigation Society (no. 7, 2018), a twice yearly publication available to members. Membership is free, and deadbutdreaming strongly recommends readers head over to the website and sign up. The newsletters are always packed with faerie data, from a vast range of perspectives. And the FIS website is also excellent, including a downloadable version of the

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Recycling and Climate Change…30th March 2020…A new world?

Carol’s weekly recycling and climate change.

Retired? No one told me!

Hello and welcome… the world is changing swiftly.. fast before our eyes like a Phoenix rising from the flames…changes are happening in front of our eyes the atmosphere is clearing..waters are running clearer …dolphins and fish are appearing on the waterways of Venice …Mother Nature is being very quick to reclaim her territory…How wonderful is that?

It makes me think that all was not lost as some suggested… that nature is ever powerful and can regenerate so much faster than maybe even the learned scientists knew…Will lessons be learnt…I do hope so…Amongst all this tragedy we have to take some positives we have to believe that the world and its inhabitants can and will change for the better respect nature more…

The future may be very different but not all bad maybe we needed this …I know mother Nature did…

This video discusses both sides of the coin…We must not…

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Pandemic Anxiety Busters~

More anxiety busters from Cindy Knoke wonderful post.

In the last two posts we started filling our anxiety busting toolbox and we are now down to our final three tools.*

Thank you to all the bloggers who added their own personal tools that work. They are most helpful and are incorporated into our toolbox. Choose any tool(s) that might work for you, and discard any/all that are not a good fit. Add more of your own resources that work. Adapt your toolbox to suit yourself. The most important thing, regardless of the specific tools, is to have tools in your awareness, to improve your mood, and ease your anxiety, when bad things happen.

Here is our toolbox:


Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

Guided Imagination/Visualization

Exposure Management

Progressive Relaxation

Distraction in Action

Self Soothing

Second Voice

Spiritual Meditation/Prayer

Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices


Carl Jung emphasized the importance of paying attention to our inward…

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Coronavirus – Mental Health #apps #selfcare #mentalhealth

A positive heartwarming post from M J Mallon and I agree; limit your social media and don’t be dragged down.

M J Mallon YA/Paranormal Author

It’s a challenging time for everyone. So self care for family/flatmate/friends whatever grouping you find yourself in, is crucially important. Support each other, perhaps elect one person (or one might naturally be inclined to do so without prompting) to be the cheerful buddy to keep spirits up. If you are living alone connect to your friends, family and wider family via social networks particularly visual ones with face to face experiences such as Skype. You can still elect a buddy but a virtual one!

Top 10 apps like Skype:

Limit your use of social media – keep informed but avoid too much scrutiny of sad reports which come up on your feed. Instead, focus on the positive, the humour, the real life stories of kindness and positivity you find.

For example there is this lovely Facebook group to share your children’s and your…

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A message of hope from our May Queen

A message of hope from The May Queen

Beltane Fire Society

This poem was written when COVID-19 was barely a whisper through these isles, so whilst it doesn’t reference it directly, I hope within the words you might find some relevance for our time. 

I know it might sound quite flippant and to say ‘have hope’ when uncertainty has ravaged the lives of many in our community. We are made up locally and globally largely of people working in community education/events, have zero hours contracts or are self-employed artists, healers, performers and creators, or are working in services or healthcare risking their lives daily to keep our world rotating. 

But I hope these words go deeper than flippancy. I believe we are being called to collectively cultivate an unshakable sense of hope, an unwavering resilience that will guide us through the shadows of what’s to come – beyond this year. I’ve been uplifted to see so many self-organised networks of support…

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