All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is:

Share a photo that says ‘inside’

LochNess-CastleUrquhart

I wonder how many people have stood inside Urquhart Castle and, whilst glancing over
the deep waters of Loch Ness, found themselves asking “are you in there?”

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ABC Wednesday: I is for Inverness

ABC Wednesday is all about having fun. It is all about the visitors and everyday life around our world. This week is all about the letter I…which I have decided, somewhat unsurprisingly, stands for Inverness.

Inverness-2008-0005It’s funny how our perception of landmarks can change over time. During the years I lived in Inverness, whenever I walked past its castle I’d always think the same thing: what a hideous building!

After months of doing this I’d purposefully avoid any roads that either directly passed the building or were near enough to offer a close up view.

The simple fact is, it’s not, in my mind, what a castle should look like. Urquhart is a castle. Eilean Donan is a castle. Edinburgh, now that’s a castle.

Inverness? It’s…pink!? Castles should never be pink!

But now, five years since I last walked the streets of the ‘Ness, five years since I had the misfortune of looking upon that far-too-neat collection of Lego bricks, I’d give anything to wander up Castle Street and smirk at its brightly coloured facade again.

A building that was hewn from a child’s playtime has become a symbol of the homesickness that plagues me.  A structure that, more than any other, defines one of the greatest times of my life.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is:

Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.

Pap of Glencoe

“The Pap of Glencoe (Scottish Gaelic: Sgurr na Cìche) is a mountain on the northern side of Glen Coe, in the Highlands of Scotland. The Pap is so named as it has a distinctive conical shape resembling a female breast, particularly when viewed from the west. It forms part of the “classic” view of the entrance to Glen Coe.”
~ from Wikipedia ~

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Teaser Tuesday (August 20)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along with Teaser Tuesdays! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• Be careful not to include spoilers!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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The Ossians
by Doug Johnstone

The Ossians

(Yeah…I know that’s more than two sentences, but I used to live near Aberdeen and I really liked this description of the city! :p)

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So, what’s everyone else reading at the moment? Go on, give us a tease…

 


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30 Day Song Challenge: Hearts of Olden Glory

…a song that makes me clear my head!

On any given day my mind is a cacophony of deafening voices, numbing negative thought, superfluous ideas and pain so debilitating that I wonder how I’m able to get out of bed, let alone do anything as complicated as write blog posts or visit the supermarket. In fact the noise is so constant, the trauma so prevalent, the memory so visceral, that I have yet to find anything (music or otherwise) that clears my head completely.

The only song that comes close is a bone-fide Scottish classic. A song so intensely beautiful that any Scotsperson worth their brogue should know it syllable for syllable.

Whenever I hear it, time stops. I am transported back to my homeland. To a time and place where anything seemed possible, where the world was my playground and the chaos that isolates me was but a distant nightmare. It is a song of such beauty, such majestic power, it can calm anxiety, ease panic and bring a smile to this world-weary man’s face at times when all hope and happiness have fled.

It is a song called Hearts of Olden Glory. A song that not only clears my head but is one of the defining anthems of my life; without it, I would not be the man I am today.

Hearts of Olden Glory | Runrig

“There’s thunder clouds
Round the hometown bay
As I walk out
In the rain
Through the sepia showers
And the photoflood days
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Of life

“There must be a place
Under the sun
Where hearts of olden glory
Grow young”

Tomorrow, on this blog: A song that makes me laugh…


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is:

FORWARD

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“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.”
~ Kahlil Gibran ~

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