Be the change #FridayFiction
‘Hands up if you can tell me what “be the change” means?’ Lucy looked around the class trying to size up those most likely to answer. They looked away, pretending to write something in their notebooks. Catching a movement out of the corner of her eye she swivelled to face Danny. He looked pensive, thoughtful. She smiled encouragingly nodding slightly to show it was okay to speak. He raised his hand. ‘Yes Danny’. Cocking his head on one side he thought for a moment. ‘Miss, does it mean that if I want to change something about the world then I have to change me first?’. Hallelu...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 10, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction change friday fiction short story Source Type: news

In conversation with Tiffany White, winner of the Hysteria 2020 flash fiction competition
Tiffany White was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 flash fiction competition with her piece ‘Working Title’ published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Based in Swansea, Wales, 57-year-old artist Tiffany H White (LGBTQ) began writing in 2020 to combat lockdown dementia.  Her work “Field Post 37560” received 2nd place in the International Festival of Human Rights Art of Creative Unity Award 2020. Listen to the interview and Tiffany reading ‘working title’. https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Tiffany-White.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Tiffany only started writing in ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 18, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview flash fiction hysteria 2020 hysteria 2021 hysteria 7 Source Type: news

In conversation with Andy Cash, winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition
Andy Cash was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition with his poem The Poets Meeting published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Andy writes about love, hope, human insecurities, death, our needs, mental illness and weaknesses, strengths, deep desires to be part of a fellow brethren and the lusts of life in an everyday world. He is anti-post truth and a fighter for freedom of the mind. Each poem he writes is about the truth, real people and real events. Listen to the interview and his reading of The Poets meeting https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Andy-Cash.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Andy...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview hysteria 2020 hysteria 2021 hysteria 7 poetry Source Type: news

The space between thoughts
The role of ‘thought’ in our experience of life and the world around us has been a defining understanding over the last few years for me. But it’s never been in such sharp relief as in the last 17 months. I am bemused by the observation of myself seesawing between different worries, concerns and misunderstandings as I try (along with the rest of humanity) to make sense of how we’ve got to where we are. What I seem to have forgotten along the way is how important the space between thoughts is when I get caught up in the moment to moment distractions called ‘information’. I have found myse...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 22, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Spirituality thought Source Type: news

Exercising your happiness muscle
I believe happiness is always ours. What I mean by that is that it’s always there, lurking in the background, but sometimes for some of us, it’s been so covered up with sadness and the circumstances of life we’ve forgotten it exists for us, always. As I was wandering around my local village on my morning dog walk with The Beeble and Pip today it occurred to me happiness is a bit like a muscle that needs exercising; you know like the ones around our middle we can’t see but know if they were stronger or firmer our waist might be a little trimmer. Last week I was up around Chester and when I got back I...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 8, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness stillness Source Type: news

In conversation with Jane O ’ Connor, winner of the Hysteria 2020 short story competition
Jane O’Connor was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 short story competition with her story The Flower Box published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Jane is a writer of short stories and novels, as well as a researcher and reader in Childhood Studies at Birmingham City University. Her latest novel,’The Trial of Gwen Foley‘ is due out July 2021 and published by @Bloodhoundbook Listen to the interview and her reading of The Flower Box https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Jane-oconnor.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Jane began writing fiction during her second maternity leave. The novel she st...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 18, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview hysteria 2020 hysteria 2021 hysteria 7 Source Type: news

I identify as ‘ human ’
If I were a rabbit I would wear a rabbit fur. I’d hunker down on all fours. I’d nibble grass and would hide in my burrow at the first sign of danger. If I were a tiger, I would walk the steppe or pace my cage, I would wear my striped coat and run from the hunters gun and chase the game that feeds me If I were a fish, I would never come up for air out of the ocean, lake or stream that is my home. But I am neither rabbit, tiger or fish; I am human. The skin that clothes my body defines my humanity. It does not mark me as better or less than any other human, it just is what it is. It is the glue that holds this bo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 8, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Spirituality humanity identity self-belief Source Type: news

In conversation with Gillian Scholey and Michelle Christophorou
Michelle and Gillian are two of the reader team for this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition. In this episode we discuss the finer merits of entering writing competitions, what they are looking for and their own work as award winning writers themselves. Listen to the interview https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Meet-the-readers.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Michelle and Gillian are both readers for this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition Both have been placed in, and won, many competitions themselves Michelle is interested in finding out how people will approach the theme in their Flas...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Podcast author interview hysteria 2021 Source Type: news

The Poets Meeting by AM Cash Hysteria poetry category winner 2020
Encircled, engrossed, of human mixology Debated, a lifetime of stripped back sociology Crossways to pathways, in beating humour Sadness outpoured, sketches of other lives   Brainwaves sparkle, time drifts and instills Engagement in the evening arrangement Teas drunk, biscuits crunched, collage poem penned Madness expressed and exorcism of souls vented   Now forced into a video matrix of solo streaming Chairs empty, stacked away, Stockport Art gallery closed Yet the energy is greater, with PC screens alight Zoomed worlds, each poet online, worlds fuse as one **** Andy writes about love, hope, human insecurities, ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: AMCash Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2020 hysteria 7 poetry Source Type: news

Programming your IPS – inner positioning system
We all have a perfect internal compass, one that consistently and accurately guides us in the right direction as we navigate this journey called ‘Life’. I like to think of mine as my IPS (I work in IT so acronyms are a by-product of the way I think :-)), also known as my Inner Positioning System. It’s a bit like the GPS (there we go with the acronyms again!) in your car; but instead of a location on the planet’s surface, it tells you where you are in life and how to correct course for calmer waters when you find yourself in a challenging situation. I know we all have one of these useful little IPS s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 14, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness thought Source Type: news

The one perfect notebook to rule them all
I love a good notebook and I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook for many years. Even though I work in IT and have done for several decades, there is something about the feel of paper and pen. The act of writing words out is soothing and has helped me hugely over many years. But it has to be the right notebook and the right pen. My pen must be good quality, not one of those cheap biro’s, having said that I’ve picked up many good quality pens from conferences and networking over the years. Some I consider favourites and, when the cartridge runs out, instead of throwing them away I head for the nearest...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity bullet journal notebook Source Type: news

In conversation with Ben Mears
Born in Cornwall, Ben Mears first began writing high fantasy as a hobbyist, later working on a series of early-medieval whodunits before self-publishing the young adult Tyler May series. A Sock Full of Bones is the first of his novels to be traditionally published. Listen to the interview https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Ben-Mears.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Ben is a graphic designer as well as a writer and author of almost nine books. Ben has successfully transitioned from self-published to traditionally published. His first series of self-published books, the Tyler May Series, was inspired by...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview creative process creativity fantasy YA Source Type: news

I have a dream
. No this is not the start of Martin Luther King’s famous speech. Instead, it’s my take on a similar principle. I have a dream, I’ve had it for many years, to give everyone the opportunity to change their life if they want to. The method is simple and effective and it works every time, but first, you have to see me as I really am. So, I’d like you to sit back, relax and put your imagination into gear as I start a process of transformation before your very eyes. Imagine I’m wearing a big white fluffy dress, with a cloud of golden curls cascading down my back. There is a huge glittery tiara on m...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness dreams Source Type: news

The Flower Box by Jane O ’ Connor, short story category winner 2020
Kay sat on the step of her pottery studio cradling a cup of tea when she felt a nudge on her arm as Pansy, her Nan’s Yorkshire Terrier, rushed past her and began doing joyful circuits of the lawn. Kay had been apprehensive about taking Pansy in, but things had happened so quickly after Nan’s fall that she had felt it was the only option, and her Nan had been so grateful. It had been left to Kay to break the news to Nan that she was going straight into a nursing home after hospital due to her failing vision, and that her bungalow would have to be sold. ‘I never really liked the place anyway,’ Nan had...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 10, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Jane O'Connor Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2020 hysteria 7 short story Source Type: news

Anonymous donor doubles Hysteria Writing Competition prize pot
Thanks to a kind donation from a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, the prize funds for each category winner have been doubled to £50 each. The donor said, “I had some happy writing news today and felt like paying it forward”. What a lovely way to celebrate some good news about your creative efforts. The competition is FREE to enter for anyone writing in English on the theme Hope and Unity. There are three categories: Short stories – up to 600 words Flash Fiction – up to 100 words Poetry – up to 12 lines Entries will be reviewed by a small team of readers for each category and ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 5, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2021 Source Type: news

The happiness factor
To be or not to be, that is the question? The opening line of Hamlet’s soliloquy is a memorable piece that you probably remember from school days. But it is the beginning of a personal consideration about the merits of suicide; it’s no wonder the play is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. I like to think that perhaps Will could have improved it just a little by the addition of one simple word. To be happy or not to be happy, now that is an even more interesting question? Perhaps in changing the tone of the opening line Hamlet might have changed his fate and so turned tragedy into something altogether lighter...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 31, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness Source Type: news

The Thursday Throng
‘Throng’ n. – A multitude of persons or of living beings pressing or pressed into a close body or assemblage; a crowd. This section of my website is called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly at the bookshop door when a new author book signing or speaking. It takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author’ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. Some authors also offered giveaways of their books and others have reviews I’ve written posted on Amazon (UK and US) and Goodreads. Past Thursday Throng Author Interviews 2018 ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 26, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity author interview Source Type: news

Is it a threat?
You know what it’s like to encounter something new for the first time. There’s a moment of surprise, perhaps even shock, before the eye starts roving around, exploring. What your subconscious brain is trying to do is place this ‘thing’ in context; can I eat it, should I run away or does it pose no threat? Your conscious brain isn’t aware that this is playing out in the background. When you’re satisfied there’s no threat you’ll notice that things become a little more inviting; perhaps colours become stronger, smells more noticeable, sounds are interesting, and a path here migh...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Technology change management Source Type: news

In conversation with Jenny Jaeckel
Jenny Jaeckel is the author of House of Rougeaux, her debut novel, winner of an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Hisorical Fiction and was named one of Bitch Media’s 25 Must Read Books of 2018; and the forthcoming companion book Boy, Falling, to be published by Black Rose Writing in July 2021. In our time together we talked about how the art of being more real is one of Jenny’s core themes in her work and life. Listen to the interview https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Jenny-Jaeckel.mp3 Takeaways from this episode: Jenny’s debut novel, House of Rougeaux, was one of Bitch Media’s must r...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 28, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview creative process creativity Source Type: news

In conversation with Jenny Jaeckel
Jenny Jaeckel is the author of House of Rougeaux, her debut novel, winner of an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Hisorical Fiction and was named one of Bitch Media’s 25 Must Read Books of 2018; and the forthcoming companion book Boy, Falling, to be published by Black Rose Writing in July 2021. In our time together we talked about how the art of being more real is one of Jenny’s core themes in her work and life. Listen to the interview https://healthyhappywoman.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Jenny-Jaeckel.mp3 Takeaways from this episode: Jenny’s debut novel, House of Rougeaux, was one of Bitch Media&r...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 28, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview creative process creativity Source Type: news

The guru, the hero, the lover and me
Back in 2012, I was a member of Toastmasters International at my local club, Casterbridge Speakers, in Dorchester. I’d written and given many speeches in the years I was there, but this is one, titled ‘The guru, the hero, the lover and me’, I wrote but never delivered. I thought it might be nice to share it here, just in case, there is anyone out there thinking (or fearing) giving a presentation sometime soon. I’d like you to think about the following question. What do Bill Clinton, Winston Churchill, Anthony Robbins, and Martin Luther King have in common? If you thought something along the lines o...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity presentation skills toastmasters Source Type: news

The guru, the hero, the lover and me
Back in 2012 I was a member of Toastmasters International at my local club, Casterbridge Speakers, in Dorchester. I’d written and given many speeches in the years I was there, but this is one, titled ‘The guru, the hero, the lover and me’, I wrote but never delivered. I thought it might be nice to share it here, just in case there is anyone out there thinking (or fearing) giving a presentation sometime soon. I’d like you to think about the following question. What do Bill Clinton, Winston Churchill, Anthony Robbins and Martin Luther King have in common? If you thought something along the lines of &...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity presentation skills toastmasters Source Type: news

Whose truth is it anyway?
I woke up this morning with the title of this blog post pounding a drumbeat in my head and had to write it down immediately. It was born out of a need to focus on this elusive thing we call ‘truth’. In light of recent events in the United States, and closer to home personally, I felt it was time to embrace the conversation that starts something along the lines of ‘there is no such thing as truth’. Then I read Claire Montanaro’s blog post, Freedom of Expression, and she said much of what’s been roiling around in my head over the last few days. I almost decided at that point not to write t...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 11, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Philosophy truth Source Type: news

Whose truth is it anyway?
I woke up this morning with the title of this blog post pounding a drumbeat in my head and had to write it down immediately. It was born out of a need to focus on this elusive thing we call ‘truth’. In light of recent events in the United States, and closer to home personally, I felt it was time to embrace the conversation that starts something along the lines of ‘there is no such thing as truth’. Then I read Claire Montanaro’s blog post, Freedom of Expression, and she said much of what’s been roiling around in my head over the last few days. I almost decided at that point not to write t...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 11, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Philosophy truth Source Type: news

Setting yourself free and finding your voice
The period between Christmas and New Year is an odd hinterland of non-doing for me. The celebrations of Christmas pause and wait until the celebrations of New Year begin. That space between one year and the next is when I try and get through tasks that would normally be difficult to do, not because they’re hard, but because they require discipline and time – not something I’m normally abundent in! This Christmas has been the same, and yet different from those of the past. Yes, I’ve spent a lot of time ticking things off my To – Do list like cleaning the car, sorting out all our paperwork and c...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Philosophy change life Source Type: news

Setting yourself free and finding your voice
The period between Christmas and New Year is an odd hinterland of non-doing for me. The celebrations of Christmas pause and wait until the celebrations of New Year begin. In that space between one year and the next its when I try and get through tasks that would normally be difficult to do, not because they’re hard, but because they require discipline and time – not something I’m normally abundent in! This Christmas has been the same, and yet different from those of the past. Yes, I’ve spent a lot of time ticking things off my To – Do list like cleaning the car, sorting out all our paperwork a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Philosophy change life Source Type: news

Happy new year 2022
Darling Hilde Looking back, I knew that 2021 was going to be a corker of a year. It just felt ‘right’ somehow. And after all the trouble we’d had during 2020, it certainly needed to earn its keep. It was during February I first noticed that something had changed, not just changed really, transformed. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first and it took a while before I realised that somehow the colours of the landscape were brighter, more vibrant seeming to shimmer and glow whenever the sun shone brightly – which was frequently. It wasn’t long after that I noticed I could hear more birds ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 1, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction friday fiction Source Type: news

Happy new year 2022
Looking back, I knew that 2021 was going to be a corker of a year. It just felt ‘right’ somehow. And after all the trouble we’d had during 2020, it certainly needed to earn its keep. It was during February I first noticed that something had changed, not just changed really, transformed. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first and it took a while before I realised that somehow the colours of the landscapre were brighter, more vibrant seeming to shimmer and glow whenever the sun shone brightly – which was frequently. It wasn’t long after that I realised I could hear more birds and insects ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 1, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction friday fiction Source Type: news

In conversation with Emma K Lea
How does a dyslexic become a writer? Having inspirational teachers at school helps, as does parents who won’t allow it to become an excuse. Emma K Lea talks about her journey from ghostwriter to self-publisher, her work as a tutor for others who are also dyslexic and selling children’s books on Etsy. She reflects on the impact COVID-19 has had on her tutoring business and her love of hens. Listen to the interview https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Emma-Lea.mp3 Takeaways from this episode: Emma describes herself as a dyslexic who happens to write Words are critical to the writer’s life so being...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 27, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast children's books dyslexia etsy ghostwriting hens self-publishing Source Type: news

In conversation with Emma K Lea
How does a dyslexic become a writer? Having inspirational teachers at school helps, as does parents who won’t allow it to become an excuse. Emma K Lea talks about her journey from ghostwriter to self-publisher, her work as a tutor for others who are also dyslexic and selling children’s books on Etsy. She reflects on the impact COVID-19 has had on her tutoring business and her love of hens. Listen to the interview https://healthyhappywoman.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Emma-Lea.mp3 Takeaways from this episode: Emma describes herself as a dyslexic who happens to write Words are critical to the writer’s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 27, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast children's books dyslexia etsy ghostwriting hens self-publishing Source Type: news

In conversation with Emma Lea
How does a dyslexic become a writer? Having inspirational teachers at school helps, as does parents who won’t allow it to become an excuse. Emma K Lea talks about her journey from ghostwriter to self-publisher, her work as a tutor for others who are also dyslexic and selling children’s books on Etsy. She reflects on the impact COVID-19 has had on her tutoring business and her love of hens. Listen to the interview https://healthyhappywoman.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Emma-Lea.mp3 Takeaways from this episode: Emma describes herself as a dyslexic who happens to write Words are critical to the writer’s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 27, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast children's books dyslexia etsy ghostwriting hens self-publishing Source Type: news

Reflections on 2020
According to the Cambridge Dictionary a reflection is “the image of something in a mirror or on any reflective surface” and I felt this was a good place to start this post as 2020 has forced us to face some uncomfortable personal experiences at the same time as exposing social flaws and challenges we had perhaps hoped to keep swept under a carpet of denial and delusion. 2020 is a year everyone alive who is of an age where memory kicks in for the long term will look back and say something along the lines of ‘do you remember what you were doing when the pandemic first struck?’. Rather like other iconi...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 20, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness 2020 reflections Source Type: news

Reflections on 2020
According to the Cambridge Dictionary a reflection is “the image of something in a mirror or on any reflective surface” and I felt this was a good place to start this post as 2020 has forced us to face some uncomfortable personal experiences at the same time as exposing social flaws and challenges we had perhaps hoped to keep swept under a carpet of denial and delusion. 2020 is a year everyone alive who is of an age where memory kicks in for the long term will look back and say something along the lines of ‘do you remember what you were doing when the pandemic first struck?’. Rather like other iconi...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 20, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness 2020 reflections Source Type: news

Hysteria 7 book cover competition
It’s taken a few months to get to this point, but finally Hysteria 7 has been published and is ready to be unleashed on the world. As is usual at this point in the competition I’m releasing the book cover a couple of days early and inviting you to guess which of our finalists entries it relates to. The first person to name the correct entry and writer will win a free copy of the ebook version of the anthology. The book cover competition will run up until the end of this week when I’ll be launching the anthology and announcing the overall category winners. Good luck To be in with a chance of winning, just ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 1, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2020 hysteria 7 Source Type: news

Hysteria 7 book cover competition
It’s taken a few months to get to this point, but finally Hysteria 7 has been published and is ready to be unleashed on the world. As is usual at this point in the competition I’m releasing the book cover a couple of days early and inviting you to guess which of our finalists entries it relates to. The first person to name the correct entry and writer will win a free copy of the ebook version of the anthology. The book cover competition will run up until the end of this week when I’ll be launching the anthology and announcing the overall category winners. Good luck To be in with a chance of winning, just ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 1, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity hysteria 2020 hysteria 7 Source Type: news

In conversation with Sahar Abdulaziz
When suspense writer, Sahar Abdulaziz isn’t busy plotting a stabbing, a garroting, or a murder (all on paper of course) she’s busy writing about her crew of highly-entertaining, quirky, unpredictable book characters. Some have been lovely, big-hearted, gentle souls, merely temporarily lost and in search of answers, while others have been eccentric, unconventional, writing their own rules – determined to live their best life to the fullest. A few … okay, perhaps more than a few, have been devious, duplicitous, and dangerous. Undeniably not the kind of personalities one would want to cross paths with...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast domestic violence emotional abuse generational abuse sexual abuse thriller Source Type: news

In conversation with Sahar Abdulaziz
When suspense writer, Sahar Abdulaziz isn’t busy plotting a stabbing, a garroting, or a murder (all on paper of course) she’s busy writing about her crew of highly-entertaining, quirky, unpredictable book characters. Some have been lovely, big-hearted, gentle souls, merely temporarily lost and in search of answers, while others have been eccentric, unconventional, writing their own rules – determined to live their best life to the fullest. A few … okay, perhaps more than a few, have been devious, duplicitous, and dangerous. Undeniably not the kind of personalities one would want to cross paths with...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast domestic violence emotional abuse generational abuse sexual abuse thriller Source Type: news

I am, therefore I think
In 1637 René Descartes published his Discourse on the Method in French stating in Latin, Cogito, ergo sum which roughly translates as I think, therefore I am. And ever since I first came across the phrase whilst studying philosophy at Uni, I’ve had a problem with it. It’s always felt as if it’s a bit itchy or scratchy, niggling away in the back of my mind that something about it wasn’t quite right. Then, back in the mid 1990’s Louise L Hay’s book ‘You can heal your life’ was recommended when I was going through a particularly tough few years physically and mentally. Th...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 22, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness descartes philosophy thinking thought Source Type: news

What ’ s your ‘ real ’ issue?
It’s very easy to assume that the circumstance or problem I’m viewing today is the ‘real’ issue. I don’t know about you though, but I’ve noticed over time that similar issues keep cropping up in relationships, career or work, family, friendships or even in health, wealth and happiness. One day it dawned on me that the problem I thought I had, the one that was flavour of the month right now, was similar to things I’d experienced previously and I realised that there was something more fundamental going on. And at the point of recognition that there was more to my life than meets the ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 15, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness chaos habit thought Source Type: news

The collateral beauty of 2020
Last weekend I watched the film Collateral Beauty with my husband Steve, aside from being awed by the concept of the film and it’s core message it really got me thinking about what we’ve witnessed this past 10 months. The film focuses around three abstractions, Love, Time, and Death. As the central character, Howard, explains right at the beginning of the film, we long for love, we wish we had more time and we fear death. I realised that since the beginning of 2020 I’ve been increasingly living in a world that focused on me and mine and I had forgotten about the world I had previously inhabited which was ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness beauty compassion Source Type: news

Collateral beauty
Last weekend I watched the film Collateral Beauty with my husband Steve, aside from being awed by the concept of the film and it’s core message it really got me thinking about what we’ve witnessed this past 10 months. The film focuses around three abstractions, Love, Time, and Death. As the central character, Howard, explains right at the beginning of the film, we long for love, we wish we had more time and we fear death. I realised that since the beginning of 2020 I’ve been increasingly living in a world that focused on me and mine and I had forgotten about the world I had previously inhabited which was ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness beauty compassion Source Type: news

Hysteria 2020 finalists
It’s taken 6 months, many hours on the part of lots of people including all the wonderful entrants, and finally I’m at the stage where I can announce the finalists in the Hysteria 2020 Writing Competition. The under 16’s category hasn’t been finalised yet, so I will update this post later this week when I have the details. As usual the standard was exceptionally high and it was hard to choose between so many good entries and I just want to say a huge thank you to Becky Danks who also judged half the entries as well. Of course, there were many entries which were disqualified for not following the rul...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 1, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2020 Source Type: news

In conversation with Wafa Tarnowska
Wafa’ Tarnowska was born in Lebanon and has lived and worked in Australia, India, Cyprus, Poland, the UK and Dubai. She is currently based in the UK dreaming of a hideaway in the land of Dante. In her work, Wafa’ strives to create a valuable bridge between East and West, helping to break down the stereotypical images people have of one another. In our conversation we talk about the shift towards the sacred feminine, corporate social responsibility, what we need versus what we want, and exploring our essential humanity. Listen to the interview https://healthyhappywoman.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Wafa-Tarno...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 26, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast building bridges corporate social responsbility CSR divine feminine humanity Source Type: news

Finding your passion
In my experience, there are two types of passion. There is the passion that stems from ‘I must have this’ and thesecond begins with ‘I really don’t want that’. Many people will say that one (the former) is better than the other because it is more positive, but in my experience, both are equally helpful when it comes to creating massive change. The keyword here is PASSION and I’m going to capitalise it so that you realise how important it is. Without PASSION you won’t have the drive or commitment to see things through. Without PASSION you will fall at the first hurdle, you’ll ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 3, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity passion Source Type: news

In conversation with Lex McKee
Lex McKee and I first met at various networking meetings taking place across Dorset back in early part of the 21st century and even though I dropped out of business networking for several years his posts on LinkedIn have always intrigued, fascinated and amused me, as he’s a very funny guy – as well as being thought-provoking and challenging. We explored the metaphor of farming as sowing the seeds of self-belief, confidence, knowledge and learning. And also the co-creation of communication through our uses of language and words frame our entire existence. Lex is many things, filmaker, broadcaster, podcaster, wri...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview creative process knowledge learning self-belief Source Type: news

How to be healthy and happy
What does being healthy and happy mean to you? Perhaps you feel it’s got something to do with your outer appearance, or maybe you’d like to be less sad or anxious. Whatever your interpretation of those two words, healthy and happy, I’ll guarantee the answer isn’t as simple as you think it might be. Life doesn’t work like that because if it did, as soon as the ‘gift’ you wished for had arrived you’d no longer be looking for the next thing to make whatever ails you better. Let’s face it happiness isn’t delivered by Santa or by the latest gadget or must-have look. S...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health happy healthy Source Type: news

How to get started with changing your world
Last week I introduced you to the idea of Storming the Castle but I’d be the first to admit not everyone wants to change their own world let alone change THE world and these posts aren’t for those people. Instead they are for that small minority of people who do want to create change, whether it’s in their own life or whether it’s for the benefit of others and incidentally, as you’ll begin to see, those two things are not mutually exclusive. Many others who have come before me will tell you that it is a lonely road when you are storming a castle and it can feel a bit like you’re in a fi...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 23, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness change Source Type: news

In conversation with Dave Sivers
In this week’s conversation, Dave Sivers and I are chatting about all things character, backstories and senses. Dave first joined me on the Thursday Throng back 2013 with his first book in the Archer and Baines series The Scars Beneath the Soul. Dave started out writing hybrid crime fantasy novels which he describes as rather like Raymond Chandler meets JRR Tolkein, before moving onto contemporary crime with th Archer and Baines series. Although the first book The Scars Beneath the Soul was modestly successful, it was the sequel to the first book, Dead in Deep Water that really took off in the genre Serial Killers wh...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 21, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview crime fiction serial fiction Source Type: news