Writing a Blog to help with Depression

Fun with Depression, Charlie Castor, Cartoon Sheep

What can you do to alleviate the symptoms of depression? Therapy, medication and exercise can be very helpful. I use therapy and medication, but I also write a blog. Writing this blog has been very helpful to me during my recent period of depression. In this article, I’ll outline some of the benefits that can come from writing a blog when you are depressed. Continue reading Writing a Blog to help with Depression

Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 3)

Tam O' Shanter, Robert Burns
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When last we saw Tam in Part 2, he had travelled through a stormy night on his horse, Meg, and ended up at Kirk-Alloway where witches and warlocks danced wildly. Knives lay on the table with blood encrusted, and coffins stood open showing the dead.  Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 3)

Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 2)

Tam O' Shanter, Robert Burns
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When we last saw Tam O’ Shanter in Part 1, he was getting drunk with his friends, as shown in the picture above.  Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 2)

Robert Burns: Tam O’Shanter (Part 1)

Tam O' Shanter, Robert Burns,
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Robert Burns’ Tam O’ Shanter is one of my favourite poems. The use of the Scottish dialect is beautiful, and the story that is told in the poem is delightfully dark; full of demons, bad behaviour and Scottish humour. The language in the poem can be off-putting to those who don’t have a dictionary of the Scottish dialect to hand. But fear not, I’m here to guide you through the main parts of the poem, and to give you a re-telling that (I hope) will not cause the poet to turn in his grave. Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’Shanter (Part 1)

Brothers Grimm: Cat and Mouse in Partnership

Cat and Mouse Partnership, Brothers Grimm, Charlie Castor

Whilst browsing through a book of Grimm fairy tales (as you do) I was struck by the title of one story, Cat and Mouse in Partnership. As we all know, cats and mice rarely, if ever, team up. I have neither seen a cat and mouse crime-fighting duo nor have I seen a cat and a mouse present a cookery program on TV. A gap in the market? Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm clearly thought so. I will tell you the story of ‘Cat and Mouse in Partnership’. It’s a re-telling of the story that includes quotes from the original, so if you want to read the original story, see the Works Cited section at the end of this post. Continue reading Brothers Grimm: Cat and Mouse in Partnership

The Concept of ‘Play’: It’s not just for Children

 

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Remember those carefree days of climbing trees and skinning knees? Remember pretending that your bear was a dentist or constructing entire communities out of playmobil or lego? Those were the days, eh? WRONG. These are the days. ‘Play’ is a concept that children have had ownership of for centuries. I’m here to tell you that PLAY IS NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN. Continue reading The Concept of ‘Play’: It’s not just for Children

10 Tautologies I have known and loved

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Tautologies have been around for centuries and they have always had a bad press. The word tautology was used by the ancient Greeks (those wise souls) to refer to a statement that says the same thing twice. But if tautologies have been scoffed at for so many centuries, why do we keep using them?  Continue reading 10 Tautologies I have known and loved

Which Famous Philosopher Are You?

Plato, Fun with Depression
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Ever wondered what famous philosopher you are most like? Ever wondered if there is a link between your mind and some of the greatest intellectual minds in the history of scholarship? Well now there’s a quiz that can tell you.  Continue reading Which Famous Philosopher Are You?

Interview with Nessie (Loch Ness Monster)

Nessie, Interview, Charlie Castor, Loch Ness Monster, Fun with Depression

As I sit in a cafe in central Edinburgh waiting for Nessie to arrive, I feel slightly apprehensive. Nessie has given so few interviews over the years that I feel quite nervous about being given the opportunity to interview this reclusive Scottish legend. Continue reading Interview with Nessie (Loch Ness Monster)

The Gwyneth Paltrow Language Game: 10 Re-descriptions of Boring Language

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Gwyneth Paltrow has a real way with words, doesn’t she? Don’t you just love how she can take a boring old concept like divorce and describe it in a really unusual way so that it sounds like a sexy new concept but is, in fact, the same concept dressed in a new set of clothes? Continue reading The Gwyneth Paltrow Language Game: 10 Re-descriptions of Boring Language

Putting Words on Paper in a Particular Order

Charlie Castor, Fun with Depression, Sheep

In comic books, an origin story reveals how the superhero(ine) acquired their superpowers. For us as bloggers, writing is one of our superpowers…reflect on your origin story and tell us how and why you became a writer. (Writing Challenge)

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Auditioning Anti-depressants

Auditioning Anti-depressants, Charlie Castor, Fun with Depression

Inside a small room, a panel of three judges are sitting in a row, sifting through papers, and discussing previous auditions. They represent the prestigious talent agency, Jane’s Brain.

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A Decade known as the Noughties? Please, no…

Alex Proimos, Noughties, Decade, Head in Hands, Statue
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We had the 70s, 80s, 90s and then, well, we got a bit stuck. What are we to call the decade that appeared fresh-faced and eager on the first of January 2000, soothing our fears of a Millennium technology meltdown, and retired triumphantly on the 31st of December 2009 after 10 years of loyal, untiring service? Continue reading A Decade known as the Noughties? Please, no…

How to Have a Happy Family

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I stumbled across an article today with a rather audacious title : How To Have A Happy Family – 7 Tips Backed By Research. The article included a picture of a typical happy family, which you can see above.  Just look at this family. They’re having a whale of a time.  Continue reading How to Have a Happy Family

The Stubborn Mule and the Easy-Going Duck

Stubborn Mule, Charlie Castor, Stubborn, Fun with Depression

As the Daily Prompt suggests, we seem to think of a stubborn person in the way that we think of a stubborn stain; both of which refuse to be ignored or to disappear quietly. Stubborn people hold onto their opinions steadfastly and with conviction. Whereas we tend to think of the easy-going person as a gentler soul whose statements are like breezes that lightly ruffle our hair.  But is being a stubborn mule a good thing to be? Continue reading The Stubborn Mule and the Easy-Going Duck

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