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.

New blog: morethoughtsnstuff.com.

Saturday 22 September 2012

misty, refreshing, days off, cherwell boathouse, oers live, first fire of autumn?

Misty, cold start to the day. Very beautiful, though.

It was great to go out on the bike--journey refreshed me after a madly busy week.

Today was hectic to start with, after the bike ride, catching up on library work then doing online teaching. Now, though, looking froward to the rest of the weekend and a couple of days off.

Fun trip to next village earlier in the afternoon for colleague's house warming party. Nice to able to chat to everyone away from work and see the lovely house.

Delicious birthday meal yesterday at Cherwell Boathouse!

Btw the open educational resources for creative writing that I selected in August and last weekend are on the Rewley House site. Worth a glance at the CW ones, as well as those for other subjects.

Chilly evening. Debating whether to light first fire of the autumn.

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