Author Archives: sarahsouthwest

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.

Kintsugi – the Japanese art of mending with beauty

I have been considering kintsugi, and how we heal ourselves, we who are no longer whole, and if we can be beautiful and flawed and flawed and beautiful. I have considered my scars, not golden, not joyful, not thoughtful, but … Continue reading

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Staring at the sun – Irvin D Yalom: books that have helped 1

I read this about 3 years ago, so the details are hazy, but the things I took from it are: Death is scary. We die alone. Live your life better in the knowledge that you will die. Connections bring comfort. … Continue reading

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More thoughts on Brexit

We live in a post-truth world. We are now so accustomed to lies, half lies, fantasy and complex convoluted mixtures of all those things that I don’t know if we have any idea what the truth is any more.   … Continue reading

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Brexit

I had known him all my life, and I thought I knew him. He was broadly tolerant, though he liked to grumble. He was cynical about most things, and had a wry sense of humour. He was polite and knew … Continue reading

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Looking for the self help book

The other day my breast cancer buddy said to me “It’s really shit having cancer”. It is really shit having cancer. It is really shit being told you  have cancer. It is even more shit having to tell people you … Continue reading

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Post surgery swimwear

This is not one of those blogs that starts off all chatty and this is me and this is my life, and then hits you with what is basically an advert for stuff. But I just wanted to say that … Continue reading

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If we were having coffee, I would be telling you the things I learned about life from playing Candy Crush.

I deleted Candy Crush from my tablet a few weeks ago. It’s a life-sucker. I replaced it with the YOU app, which gives me something healthy, beautiful and life enhancing to do every day. That means I get my online … Continue reading

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