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 7 March 2015

wolvercote reindeer, anuario americanista europeo, natalia revuelta, cw-dh, master's res, 12 degrees c

Delighted to say that the canal towpath from Wolvercote is now dry enough to walk along without picking up acres of mud. Though an unexpected pair of reindeer greeted me as I crossed the bridge from Wolvercote Green at the beginning of the week.

Also loving cycling again!

The Anuario Americanista Europeo, mentioned last week, is now out. The whole issue dedicated to scholarly articles on the Digital Humanities and Latin American Studies.

On a related theme, there's a fascinating obituary in the Times today of Natalia Revuelta, the wealthy socialite who espoused Fidel Castro's revolution, became his mistress and was the mother of his daughter, Alina. For those who don't have access beyond the paywall, see the Washington Post obit.

Continuing to work on the creative writing Digital Humanities project and beginning preparations for the master's residence in a fortnight's time.

Temperature today forecast to hit 12 degrees C. Yey!

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