Alison Turrell, Creative Commons licence Jul 2017

Choose the Most Beautiful

I hoarded, as a child; I made collections. Stamps, candles, letters, memories.

As an adult I hoard memories, especially now I am chronically ill. When you are in the outside world, who knows when you can repeat the experience?

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NICE Guidelines – Three Easy Calls to Action

The ME/cfs NICE guidelines urgently need a thorough review. You may be asking, what can I do to help? Here are three ways depending on how much time and energy you have:

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ME / CFS Factsheet to Share – NICE is Not Nice to ME

ME patients in the UK have been waiting for ten years for the NICE Guidelines to be updated to reflect current science, and stop the only recommendations for treatment being Graded Exercise Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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Fiction Reviews – May June 2017

Reviews of 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, Wedding Jitters by Poppy Parkes

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Non-fiction book reviews May June 2017

Reviewing seven books I read in May-June 2017, including: Amy Young – Love, Amy; Simon P. Stocks – Songs of Suffering; Nell Goddard – Musings of a Clergy Child; Esther Emery – Twenty Tiny Stories from the Woods; Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own; Julie Rehmeyer – Through the Shadowlands

Ed Cyzewski – Flee, Be Silent, Pray. Get it for $2.53 from Amazon.com, £1.99 Amazon.co.uk or £8.52 Wordery.com (free shipping worldwide).

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Through the Shadowlands – Julie Rehmeyer (A Review)

Through the Shadowlands is a fascinating memoir, with a compelling story, nuggets of wisdom, and a thorough survey of the scientific research around ME and mould- based illnesses. It is a science-writer’s personal story of contracting ME – (myalgic encephalomyelitis, labelled as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the US), and how she made a good, though not full, recovery via extreme mould avoidance and psychological ‘brain retraining’.

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The posture of blessing (Five Minute Friday)

This is how we come to God, as children, as needy people, hands open, on our knees. It is not a posture we take very often; we wish to be seen as capable, strong, independent. But it is the only way to receive blessing – to have both hands out in surrender to catch it.

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Why Pray for Healing? Premier Podcast on Prayer 3

Welcome to the third and final broadcast on this short series on prayer, for Premier Christian Radio – this time on ‘Why Pray for Healing?’

The first 3-4 minute segment was for Rick Easter’s The Worship Hour show, on ‘Why Pray?’ and the second segment was for the same show the next day, this time on ‘Praying When You Feel Empty. This third session was broadcast on the Woman to Woman show, on Friday 2 June.

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