Welcome to justthoughtsnstuff

I started posting to jtns on 20 February 2010 with just one word, 'Mosaic'. This seemed an appropriate introduction to a blog that would juxtapose fragments of memoir and life-writing. Since 1996, I'd been coming to terms with the consequences of emotional and economic abuse that had begun in childhood, and which, amongst other things, had sought to stifle self-expression. While I'd explored some aspects of my life through fiction and, to a lesser extent, journalism, it was only in 2010 that I felt confident enough to write openly about myself. I believed this was an important part of the healing process. Yet within weeks, the final scenes of my family's fifty-year nightmare started to play themselves out and the purpose of the blog became one of survival through writing. Although some posts are about my family's suffering - most explicitly, Life-Writing Talk, with Reference to Trust: A family story - the majority are about happier subjects (including, Bampton in rural west Oxfordshire, where I live, Oxford, where I work, the seasons and the countryside, walking and cycling) and I hope that these, together with their accompanying photos, are enjoyable and positive. Note: In February 2020, on jtns' tenth birthday, I stopped posting to this blog. It is now a contained work of life-writing about ten years of my life. Frank, 21 February 2020.

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

hooky, plough, oers, keble gaudy, lost, spray, spuds

Enjoyable pint of Hooky at the Plough at Kelmscott earlier after online teaching and intensive Open Educational Resources (OER) hunting.

Now on bus to Oxford dressed up for Keble gaudy. Can't believe it's four years since the last one. It'll be fun to see everyone again, although it's sad that 1985 English alumni never come back. Indeed quite a few are 'lost'...

Meanwhile, still reeling from busy, busy week at work. Glad I caught up with some sleep on holiday!

During a break from online teaching and OER stuff, I went to the allotment and sprayed off the couch grass. Hated doing this but I've got so behind with everything up there this year, what with the atrocious weather. Still, the spud harvest was good, as were the onion and shallott crops.
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