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June 20, 2018 Susan Elkin

Of flowers and men

John Steinbeck’s heart-wrenching novella Of Mice and Men (1937) must, in recent years, have become one of the most widely read stories...

June 13, 2018 Susan Elkin

Chins up, folks

The last couple of blogs have been a bit gloomy. One loyal reader told me that I reduced him to tears last...

June 6, 2018 Susan Elkin

Despair doesn’t help

Despite my hollow, personifying quips about the loathsome, invasive Ms Alzheimer’s – and the combative language widely used in the media –...

May 30, 2018 Susan Elkin

But in battalions

Oh, Shakespeare. You knew a thing or two about human life, didn’t you? You (and Claudius) are spot on about sorrows, single-spies...

May 23, 2018 Susan Elkin

Tasks, errands and errors

So it’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Week. Well, yes please, we need plenty of that. I’ve also just spotted, in newspapers and on the...

May 9, 2018 Susan Elkin

Forms, steps and doors

I’ve decided – big gulp – to apply for attendance allowance for My Loved One. That should be “we’ve decided”, of course,...

May 2, 2018 Susan Elkin

New memoir details carer’s nightmares

My Mad Dad: The Diary of an Unravelling Mind, published last month, is the antithesis of “yet another Alzheimer’s book”. It’s raw,...

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