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

Have you ever ‘ Stormed a Castle ’ and created massive change?
Have you ever got to a point and thought ‘enough is enough, something has to change’? If you have then you have arrived at the castle gates; what you then need to decide is whether you are going to Storm the Castle, issue the challenge and be the change you want to see, or whether you’re going to pass by, unnoticed in the crowd. Everything in the world that we know from the table you might be sitting at or the web you are surfing has been created originally from the mind of one man or woman. Every revolution, from the big to the small, stems from just one person’s willingness to Storm a Castle. They...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 15, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness 3 principles change inspiration Source Type: news

In conversation with Claire Montanaro
This week I’m in conversation with renowned spiritual teacher, clairvoyant and channel Claire Montanaro. Claire and I first met when I was her social media strategy coach. She later joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2014 with her book Spiritual Wisdom. Claire’s writing is focused on providing a conduit to greater understanding and wisdom for everyone on a spiritual journey. Since the original interview she has also written a new book titled A Handbook for the New Consciousness which, despite being offered a publication deal, remains unpublished as she feels it isn’t yet the right time. Instead, Claire b...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 14, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview consciousness empowerment spirituality Source Type: news

The what and the who of Linda
A psychic once told me that it was almost as if I had appeared fully formed on earth at the age of 10 – rather like Mr Bean – with no history or family to speak of. With a statement like that I might have felt it incumbent upon me to explain why the age of 10 was so significant in my life, and whilst it surely would have been interesting to you; personally, I’m much more interested in the present.  As Leslie Poles Hartley once said “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there“. People, I believe, are often tarred with two brushes.  That of ‘WHAT’ they...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 13, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity my story Source Type: news

In conversation with Warren Stribling
This week I’m with Warren Stribling, airman, legionnaire, teacher and writer (oh and author) which is a very eclectic portfolio for any adult life. He now lives in Mexico with his wife, but has been known to teach English as a foreign language in France, after a stint in the French Foreign Legion. Our conversation was interesting as he is the first person I’ve met who is openly a part of the stories he writes, which begs the question about how close to home the fiction is to reality.  As we progressed though it became apparent that although the circumstances and settings may be similar, the story really is...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview consciousness philosophy Source Type: news

If I could ask God a question
I was challenged to come up with the ultimate question, the one I would ask God; and following the asking of the question, answering it! It feels like an impossible challenge, I know this because I wrote the title to this post on Wednesday and here I am on Sunday afternoon only just putting fingers to keyboard. Since Wednesday I’ve been mulling over what my ultimate question would be and it dawned on me when I was watching a video from the Findhorn Foundation about Inner Climate Change, that perhaps the one I should ask, even though it’s one that creates a real sense of discomfort is ‘what could I do to m...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 6, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness God Source Type: news

How to make 2+2=5
The theme for this month’s blog posts has been WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) and I thought I’d end the month sharing what I’m seeing about the world around me, and us. I’ve recently started reading articles on Medium and the ones that seem to spring out at me are those that feed my inner conspiracy theorist. But I’ve also realised that the part of me that likes to see drama and secrecy is coming out of the closet and into the light. I had thought that maybe I would start with the announcement I made to colleagues back at the beginning of the year that President Trump would be the last...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 31, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness reality Source Type: news

In conversation with Elizabeth Milovidov
In this week’s conversation I’m chatting with Elizabeth Milovidov, a member of the Working Group of experts on Digital Citizenship Education and an independent expert on Digital Parenting and Children and Internet for the Children’s Rights Division of Council of Europe.  She is also the author of many books and workbooks for parents, children and families, all are designed to be tools that allow parents to start the conversation with their children. It became clear very early on that Elizabeth is also a passionate advocate of children’s rights online and...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview children's rights digital digital law Source Type: news

Finding the everyday miracles in life
Last week I was writing about what it takes for a miracle to happen and one of my commentators, the lovely Patsy Collins who joined me on the podcast not that long ago, pointed out that there are all sorts of miracles that happen, including some everyday miracles we never know about, because they happen behind the scenes. And it got me thinking about the all the little miracles that have happened in my life over the years. And, once I got thinking, I got into musing about what life would be like if they hadn’t happened. And, as it’s been a week of ups and downs on the exam front I thought I might as well start ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 22, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness miracle Source Type: news

The darker side of chocolate – Friday fiction
“Would you like some of my chocolate grandma?” I looked at Ben and smiled. The last time I’d had a bar of chocolate must have been before the war started, before the rationing came and there was no time, or money for things like sweets. I remember my mother staring at me in horror when Mr Greaves came to the door to tell her what I’d done. “I really don’t know you Lucy”, she’d said. And I, shame-faced, had fiddled with one end of my hair, eyes filling with tears. She’d handed over the money and pushed me forward to apologise. “Go on Lucy, apologise for what you&rs...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 21, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity chocolate friday fiction Source Type: news

In conversation with Caroline Brewer
This week, I’m in conversation with my close friend and first-time author Caroline Brewer. We first met back in 2009 when we both attended business network and later Toastmasters International meeting. Caroline’s book is called More Than You Think and it came out, first in Kindle format and later in paperback during lockdown and I was incredibly honoured when she asked me to write the foreword. Caroline explained that the seed was sown for book back in 1987 at a moment of significant change at the company she was working for. The idea languished for the next 25-30 years because the seed did not land in fertile ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 17, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast 3 principles author interview thought Source Type: news

What makes a miracle?
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about miracles recently and it all started with a question posed in one of those videos you see online that are there one day and impossible to find the next. The question asked the viewer to consider what it would take for a miracle to show up in their life. Note, it didn’t ask them to think about what miracles were or how the miracle would appear, rather it wanted you to consider what to do to allow something massive to change. So I did what I thought everyone else might do and what the video had counselled against, I considered what sort of ‘thing’ or ‘even...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 16, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity miracle Source Type: news

In conversation with Ken Banks
This week, I’m in conversation with award winning social entrepreneur who founded kiwanja.net, an NGO focused on applying mobile technology for social and environmental change in the developing world, especially in Africa. Ken is currently Head of Social Purpose at Yoti, the app that helps everyone authenticate themselves, staff, suppliers or volunteers in a secure, private and scalable way. I originally met Ken when we both presented at a coprotate social responsibility conference for one of the big law firms in London back in 2011 and he later joined me in 2015 on the Thursday Throng with his book, The Rise of the ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 10, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview BLM history social development social purpose Source Type: news

7 day drink more water challenge
I know I don’t drink enough water during the day, particularly when I’m working. I set out with the best of intentions to do so, but even with the glass at my side I forget it’s there because I’m so absorbed in what I’m doing. And sometimes, it can be 2 or 3 hours before I suddenly realise I’m thirsty. Water is essential for our health and well-being. It affects everything about our bodies because they are made up of significant amounts of water. It’s one of the reasons people can go without food for several days, but they can’t go without water. For example, lack of water af...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 9, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health water Source Type: news

In conversation with Lin Treadgold
This week, I’m in conversation with Lin Treadgold who joined me in 2013 with her first book, Goodbye Henrietta Street. Lin is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. She’s now working on her third and fourth novels, Lin and I talked about the joys, trials and tribulations of working with publishers vs self publishing. And although her experience of self publishing with Silverwood Books has been good she still wants to find an agent and author, especially with the third book which is based on letters her father wrote from a prisoner of war camp in Italy. And not only has an agent said they would like to ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview marketing romantic novelists association Source Type: news

Things I know to be true – What you see is what you get
There’s a term in the IT world and it’s WYSIWYG, it’s been used since the 1990’s and refers to the design of online systems and it means that what developers see when they’re designing something is the same as what the user will see on the finished screen. And it’s a perfect analogy for my second ‘truth’. We are all different. Yes, I know that’s stating the obvious, but I’m not just referring to how we look, where we live, what we do in our lives or how we think. I’m also referring to what we see, both practically and spiritually. It’s very easy to get...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 6, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness 3 principles life truth Source Type: news

Turning to poetry – Hysteria writing prompts for August
I hope, like me, you’ve been finding it easy to write this summer. It’s lovely to have those bright mornings (best writing time for me) and long evenings that just seem to slip away when we’re busy. I know so many people have been turning to poetry to help set down their thoughts about the virus and the weird way we’ve had to adapt our lives and our relationships. We’ve been switching between fear and hope, worrying about things and feeling confident at times. The Hysteria competition invites you to write stories of 600 words maximum or shorter (100) word flash pieces. Maybe you can write abou...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 1, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Eithne Cullen Tags: Hysteria covid-19 hysteria 2020 poet in residence writer in residence Source Type: news

In conversation with Gill Donnell
I have real pleasure in introducing someone I’ve long admired and who has long been committed to empowering women in the workplace, much as I do with their health and well-being. Gill Donnell is the founder of the Successful Women In Business Network (otherwise known as the SWIB Tribe), and I’m fortunate enough to be a member in the Weymouth group. We covered many topics during our conversation ranging from overcoming imposter syndrome, which seems to affect women more than men; right through to the unequal impact that coronavirus is having on women especially those who run their own business. These women now f...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 30, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview networking success Source Type: news

The art of listening 3 ways
I listened to a conversation that took place between Liz Scott and Dicken Bettinger last week about the art of listening deeply and it was truly insightful. Dicken spoke about the way most of us who have been trained in the ‘listening arts’ being something that actually ignores the other person most of the time as we listen for ‘cues’ or for what we’re going to say. And it reminded me of the deep listening I was introduced to when I trained to become a psychospiritual counsellor and it involves listening heart to heart for the message your co-conversationalist is having beyond the words. When ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness listening Source Type: news

In conversation with Martha Gabler
This week, I’m in conversation with Martha Gabler, who originally joined me on the Thursday Throng in October 2013 with her book about autism titled, Chaos to Calm: discovering solutions to the everyday problems of living with autism. Martha’s son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and as a result she spent many years trying to find a way of managing family life with a severely non-verbal child. She came across the TAG (teaching with acoustical guidance) teach methodology as a positive reinforcement way of dealing a child who has language and other behavioural challenges. It transformed her life, her son...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 22, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview autism Source Type: news

The coaster of thought
I’m guilty m’lud of taking the world around me for granted. I look at the wonders of creation and barely give them a second thought. Of course that tree is growing, my dog wants me to pat him, a friend says hello. All of these things feel commonplace, ordinary, unexceptional. But, when I stopped ‘looking’ and started ‘seeing’, I realised that they are none of these things. Let me take a step back a moment and begin at the beginning where all the best stories start and ask you a question too. Do you really ‘see’ or think about the world around you and why things are the way th...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 19, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity thought Source Type: news

In conversation with Tom Evans
This week, I’m in conversation with someone who has been described as being as close to a real-life wizard as you can get, the author of 16 books, Tom Evans. Tom first joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2013 with his book, This We Know. This book is very close to my heart as it asks two fundamental questions that have intrigued me for many decades: what do we know, and what don’t we know. In this interivew we talked about the assumptions people make about others and themselves. This We Know was his first book where he wrote what he thought, rather than what other people think. Tom, like me, is fascinated by co...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 18, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview metphysics Source Type: news

Seeing through the illusion of illness
I realise the title of this post is likely to raise a few eyebrows at the very least, and perhaps it will even cause some to say ‘illness, an illusion? I think not!’ in some indignation so I’d ask you to hold off on a reaction while I put the statement into context. A few posts ago I wrote about the first of the things I know to be true, that we are all walking miracles. In that post I shared how I’ve found that taking a little time out of my busy thinking allows me to settle into a space where I know what I need to do in order to be as healthy as I can be. My body is a walking miracle; it stitches,...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 11, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health miracle Source Type: news

In conversation with Elizabeth Hopkinson
This week, I’m in conversation with prize-winning fantasy author Elizabeth Hopkinson. Elizabeth is a writer of fairy tales and her latest project is an anthology called Asexual Fairy Tales. She previously joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2013 with her first novel, Silver Hands. Elizabeth is from Bradford, West Yorkshire (UK), home of the Bronte sisters and the Cottingley Fairies.  She loves the 18th century, Japan, mocha, and finding the magical in the ordinary. Elizabeth’s short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, and she has won prizes including the James White Award, Fairytalez Best New Ta...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview crowdfunding Source Type: news

On writing prompts – Hysteria writing prompts for July
Don’t forget the 2020 competition… the deadline is approaching. If you haven’t already written something to submit, there is still time to do so. For my inspiration this month I’m going to share some ways of playing with words to create writing prompts that make some poetry, stories or just get you started on writing some ideas down – you can always come back to them and see how they develop. Found poetry is an easy starting off point. Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them (a literary equivalent of...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 6, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Eithne Cullen Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2020 poet in residence writer in residence Source Type: news

Resistance is futile
I’ve been waking early over the last few weeks, a combination of being too hot in bed and a mind full of thoughts has kept me wakeful, excited I admit, but wakeful nevertheless. This morning it seemed the right thing to do to just get up instead of fretting and fussing and hoping I’ll go back to sleep. So at 4.30am here I am at my computer, writing. And it occured to me that the phrase I was looking for to get started is ‘resistance is futile’.  And I write that with a wry smile on my face because it has always been this way, but sometimes I want to stamp my feet and shout ‘NO, it’...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 1, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness thought Source Type: news

In conversation with Marc Nash
This week, I’m in conversation with science fiction novelist Marc Nash. Marc has ten Kindle books published and three in paperback. He previously joined me in 2013 with his novel Time after Time. Marc is a fan of words especially as they are the only thing a writer has in his creative palette. We also talk about what happens when books are made into films, especially when that forces fiction into ever increasing numbers of genres. One of the issues we both agreed on was the problem with sub-genres in that they exacerbate the impact of the algorythms that deliver only what people appear to be interested in, instead of...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 29, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast Writing author interview Source Type: news

Things I know to be true – We are all walking miracles
Back when I was child I genuinely believed that when my mother kissed my knee to make it better, she did actually do that. And as I grew older although that belief faded away in the light of the obvious ‘fact’ of the medical model, it never truly disappeared. Time and again I would reflect on what it meant to be healthy and when my own health challenges began in my mid-teens, some part of me always knew that my mother’s kiss held meaning. I remember being 16 years old and just about to sit ‘O’ levels, as they were then. I had been having a period for what must have been weeks and I was tired a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health life miracle Source Type: news

Things I know to be true 1 – We are all walking miracles
Back when I was child I genuinely believed that when my mother kissed my knee to make it better, she did actually do that. And as I grew older although that belief faded away in the light of the obvious ‘fact’ of the medical model, it never truly disappeared. Time and again I would reflect on what it meant to be healthy and when my own health challenges began in my mid-teens, some part of me always knew that my mother’s kiss held meaning. I remember being 16 years old and just about to sit ‘O’ levels, as they were then. I had been having a period for what must have been weeks and I was tired a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health life miracle Source Type: news

In conversation with Patsy Collins
This week, I’m in conversation with prolific short story writer Patsy Collins. Patsy has written over 700 short stories for UK magazines. On top of that she has written five novels, two non-fiction books for writers and published 18 collections of her short fiction. She previously joined me on the Thursday Throng back in 2013 with her novel, A year and a day. Known as the travelling writer she can often be found up down the UK in her camper van making up stories and writing them down. Patsy is the editor of the Womag blog, a guide for writers who want to get into short fiction for women’s magazines and she als...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 22, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast Writing author interview Source Type: news

The leap of faith – #FridayFiction
Jenny looked down and gulped. It was higher than she’d expected. The whole gang were below shouting at her to jump as she clung to the frame for support. ‘Jenny, just jump please sweetheart, just jump down and I’ll catch you’. Dad with his arms wide and welcoming. Ben was looking at her expectantly, ‘come on Jen, you know you can do it, we know you can do it, just have faith’ Jenny watched them all willing them to see what she saw, the distance to the floor below; and feel what she felt, the terror of leaping not knowing what the outcome would be. She breathed deeply and let one hand dro...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 19, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity friday fiction Source Type: news

The leap of faith – #FridayFiction
Jenny looked down and gulped. It was higher than she’d expected. The whole gang were below shouting at her to jump as she clung to the frame for support. ‘Jenny, just jump please sweetheart, just jump down and I’ll catch you’. Dad with his arms wide and welcoming. Ben was looking at her expectantly, ‘come on Jen, you know you can do it, we know you can do it, just have faith’ Jenny watched them all willing them to see what she saw, the distance to the floor below; and feel what she felt, the terror of leaping not knowing what the outcome would be. She breathed deeply and let one hand dro...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 19, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Writing friday fiction Source Type: news

Meet Becky Danks, hysteria writing competition judge
Becky Danks is a creative writer and book reviewer based in London. She has previously organised a UK and Ireland-wide charity writing competition and loves to discover exciting new voices. She reviews for independent publishers and has won City Writes for her own short story, The Anniversary. She writes across mediums as a hobby and her first play was performed in February. Her current project, a children’s book, was recently longlisted for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Undiscovered Voices 2020. Which writers or poets inspire you and why? Sally Shakti-Willow. Sally is a poet a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 18, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Judges Writing hysteria 2020 Source Type: news

In conversation with Meaghan Delahunt
This week, I’m in conversation with award winning literary fiction author Meghan Delahunt. Meaghan and I first chatted about The Red Book, which back in 2011. She later joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2012 with her next book, To the Island. In this interview we talk about the nature of creativity and what it takes to pull it out of the depths. One of the things that struck me about our conversation was how like the process of creativity and the challenge it presents to the creator our current COVID-19 situation is, it is challenging and somehow feels as if something different is being birthed. This is a theme Mea...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 16, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview Source Type: news

In conversation with Meaghan Delahunt
This week, I’m in conversation with award winning literary fiction author Meghan Delahunt. Meaghan and I first chatted about The Red Book, which back in 2011. She later joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2012 with her next book, To the Island. In this interview we talk about the nature of creativity and what it takes to pull it out of the depths. One of the things that struck me about our conversation was how like the process of creativity and the challenge it presents to the creator our current COVID-19 situation is, it is challenging and somehow feels as if something different is being birthed. This is a theme Mea...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 16, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast Writing author interview Source Type: news

In conversation with Meaghan Delahunt
This week, I’m in conversation with award winning literary fiction author Meghan Delahunt. Meaghan and I first chatted about The Red Book, which back in 2011. She later joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2012 with her next book, To the Island. In this interview we talk about the nature of creativity and what it takes to pull it out of the depths. One of the things that struck me about our conversation was how like the process of creativity and the challenge it presents to the creator our current COVID-19 situation is, it is challenging and somehow feels as if something different is being birthed. This is a theme Mea...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 16, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Thought for the day author interview Source Type: news

Life, the universe and medicine – part 4
I had my appointment with the breast team on the 19th July. After being told off by the surgeon for not having mammograms, I was then subjected to the examination itself which was excruciating on my right breast because of the lump. It had already reacted badly to the surgeon’s examination and was definitely not a happy puppy! The radiographer was lovely and gave me a hug afterwards. The ultrasound was just as bad, pressing down with a bar with cold gel on it does nothing to make you feel better! It all came back clear – it was just a cyst and they offered to drain it there and then because of the pain. I, of c...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 15, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness my story Source Type: news

Meet Rory Z Fulcher, author of #Hypno Fasting
This week, I’d like to introduce Rory Z Fulcher to the Thursday Throng author interview sofa with his new book Hypno Fasting. Rory is a professional hypnotherapist and stage/street hypnotist, best-selling author and international hypnosis trainer. He’s also one of the HypnoBros, a founding director of HypnoTC: The Hypnotherapy Training Company, as well as a director for the online hypnosis training company Hypnosis-Courses.com. What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you? Something that surprises quite a lot of people is that I am quite an introvert. Although, as a hypnosis trainer, I speak ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 11, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Thursday Throng Writing author interview self help books Source Type: news

In conversation with Andy Lopata
This week, I’m in conversation with Andy Lopata. I first came across Andy’s work back in 2008 when I joined a business networking group called The Brilliant BusinessXchange, lead by the lovely Laura McHarrie. She gave all new members a copy of Andy’s book, ‘and death comes third‘ to introduce them to two basic skills needed to succeed in the group – public speaking and networking. Andy joined me on the Thursday Throng back in 2013 when his next book, Recommended: How to sell through networking and referrals, was published. Recommended helps business owners and sales staff understand jus...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 10, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Healthy Happy Writer Writing author interview Source Type: news

Life the universe and medicine – part 3
By the 7th July I had completed a first week at Silversands, and it was quite surreal as it was full of welcoming, helpful, supportive and interested people – so unlike my experience of much of Dorset Council, which was often divisive and fractious. Of course, it helped that on Tuesday we got a contract I’d been involved with before joining so I now have a 100% success rate on day two …! And here I am sitting in a hotel room in London, which turns out to be the same hotel my parents stayed in for their honeymoon! In advance of a NETSCC meeting tomorrow. I came up early today to go and see the London Mit...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 7, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness my story Source Type: news

On Sonnets – Hysteria poetry prompt for June
I’ve been thinking about sonnets this month and trying to write some myself. They’re not too difficult, in theory, as you have a defined rhyme scheme and a metrical pattern to follow. If you Google “sonnet” you’ll find there are different kinds of sonnets listed and described. The one I favour, and it is the one you’ll recognise in lots of poems you read, is the Shakespearean sonnet. A Shakespearean sonnet evolved in England during and around the time of the Elizabethan era. These sonnets are sometimes referred to as Elizabethan sonnets or English sonnets. He loved the form, writing 154 ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 4, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Eithne Cullen Tags: Hysteria Writing hysteria 2020 poet in residence poetry Source Type: news