Author Archives: oldblack

About oldblack

ageing and decaying, misanthropic, cynical...black

Do not go gentle

I’m reading a book by an author who, despite her fame and achievements, is new to me, Claire Messud. I’m only early on in the novel (The Woman Upstairs) but Ms Messud has me completely won over with her insight … Continue reading

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good times

What good times I’ve had with daiskmeliadorn during her visit here this summer. We’ve twice enjoyed breakfast of vegan muffins and coffee in Soma; celebrated on Christmas day with a family-minus-one beach-side walk; feasted together in a (delayed) Christmas complete-family lunch; … Continue reading

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Birthday cake

Happy birthday to my brother! I made this cake to mark the occasion, because I really appreciate the support he has given me and my family, but also, more importantly, just for being the person that he is. He is … Continue reading

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Hope & faithfulness

Two years ago, back in December 2016, I was recovering from cancer surgery. I would sit on the deck at home, reading, observing the world around me and enjoying the fact that I was still alive, although I was resigned … Continue reading

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Gone

On 05 September 2018 my mother died. She was 92 years old and she would have preferred to die about 5 years earlier, around the time this picture was taken. She hated being dependent on others but a combination of … Continue reading

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That euphoria didn’t last long

After a long period of recovery from a January 2016 vertebral fracture, followed by an August 2016 re-injury,  I started running again on 29 April 2018. I gradually ramped up the duration and intensity until I reached a point that last … Continue reading

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back on my feet again

It’s 04:30 and I’ve just run along The Goods Line to complete my 10.5 km journey and arrive at work 62 minutes after I left home. I’ve done that trip, at a pace of just under 6 mins / km, four … Continue reading

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