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 16 January 2016

frost and everything, no cycling, pre-dawn walk, reflection of downton, live-stream

A terrific, sunny, proper winter's day, with frost and everything!

No cycling, obviously - the memory of coming off the bike one icy morning several years ago is still fresh in my mind!

Instead, a walk through the churchyard, across Sandford's, along Primrose Lane and into the fields.

The photo of the reflection in one of St Mary's windows was taken well before dawn, yet there was light enough. The silhouette should be familiar to Downton viewers.

Really looking forward to the What Does it Mean to Be Human in the Digital Age event next Thursday - see last Sunday's post. Worth noting that this event will be broadcast. As it says on the webpage: 'For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed, please join us at 17:30 GMT at: http://livestream.com/oxuni/human-in-the-digital-age.'

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