On Tattoos & Transformation – The Meaning Beneath the Ink

In 2006 I was transformed; painfully, permanently. That was the year I suffered a mental breakdown and spent the majority of the year surrounded by the thick fog of depression. Emerging from the darkness after many endless months it was apparent to me that I would never be the same again, that everything I thought … More On Tattoos & Transformation – The Meaning Beneath the Ink

Strike a Pose (Featuring Hey Saturday)

Life can take some unexpected turns when you start to say yes. Following my wholly unexpected and, as it turned out, pretty successful Ultimate Style & Dating Fix with TranslateHer (https://lovelaughtertruthblog.com/2016/07/18/take-me-down-to-the-paradise-city-stepping-up-my-dating-game/), opportunity came a-knocking again, this time in the shape of a photo shoot. Now, I would never have imagined that a ‘models wanted’ request … More Strike a Pose (Featuring Hey Saturday)

I See You

I see you I hear what you say I read what you’ve written But I see What you conceal You reveal What you hide I seek; answers Revealed not in words But in the silences I hear And now I see You You were there all along Soundtrack: Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines

Best Laid Plans… Starting Again After Divorce

In between threatening to make his opponent his girlfriend and to eat his rivals’ children, Mike Tyson uttered some wise words in his time. This particular quote has a certain resonance with the divorced middle-aged man looking to pick up the pieces of his life and start again. Well, with this one at least. Except … More Best Laid Plans… Starting Again After Divorce

It’s Time to Talk – Mental Illness: A Common Opponent

I’ve always been a talker, for as long as I can remember. Talk a glass eye to sleep I could. If it came into my head then, more often than not, it would fall out of my mouth in pretty short order. It’s fair to say that this characteristic hasn’t always been appreciated as countless … More It’s Time to Talk – Mental Illness: A Common Opponent

Dating for Dummies – 9 Lessons from the Rocky Road to Romance

Well, 2016 is rounding off to a close and folks, it’s been quite a year. Much of it has been spent riding the dating rollercoaster so here is a round-up of some of the lessons I’ve learned through all of the thrills, spills and chills. If you’ve been there may I raise from you a … More Dating for Dummies – 9 Lessons from the Rocky Road to Romance

Terminal Debris

Image: Ivan Aivazovsky Drifting among the wreckage Of terminal debris Bent out of shape, contorted Twisted beneath a sea Of shipwrecks born of violent storms And crashing waves of fury That carry ships against their wish To murky depths of cruelty Where hulls corrode and dark enfolds The promise that launched each voyage Ships of … More Terminal Debris

Empty Page

White empty page, blank but for promise A pen that is poised, summoning words to flow from it Who knows where they’re born, from which well they spring How they bleed from the ink Revealing what’s within Illuminating emotions that are buried inside Thoughts and feelings that otherwise hide Eluding articulation In a confusing swirl … More Empty Page

Damaged

Image: Michael Tompsett They hide but they’re among us, Camouflaged by plastic smiles; The damaged and the broken, Tarnished substance beneath the style. Branded by love’s imposter, Scorched hearts that bleed unstaunched; Poisoned trails of vows left scattered, Polluting future’s promise, dreams torn. Beaten by the devil’s disciple, Demons sink beneath the skin; Serpent’s tongues … More Damaged

A Life Segmented (It’s Good, But It’s Not Right)

When I was 8 I fell off my bike and dislocated my elbow. It bloody knacked. The pain wasn’t helped by the friendly doctor in Accident & Emergency who helpfully advised me that ‘crying isn’t going to help’. Yeah thanks, wish I’d thought of that. It was months before my arm would fully straighten and, … More A Life Segmented (It’s Good, But It’s Not Right)