Thoughts Of A Troubled Mind

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a kind of journal dealing with all kinds of random issues, mostly connected in some way to mental health. Content will be posted once a week.
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Submitted: August 12, 2019

About the problems with face-to-face communication.
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"Just Ignore Them!"

Submitted: August 24, 2019

A look at why it is seemingly impossible to deal with bullies.
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Talking 'Friends'

Submitted: August 27, 2019

Talking ‘Friends’.   I don’t have any friends, not the sort that you can pop round and visit. Not any more. No self-co... Read Chapter

Influential Women

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Influential Women   This was something I had to think very hard about. There are so many women that could, and indeed should... Read Chapter

Endings And Beginnings

Submitted: August 31, 2019

Endings And Beginnings   Endings and Beginnings – what do they mean to you? I gave this quite a bit of thought. An end... Read Chapter

The Best Birthday Gift

Submitted: September 03, 2019

The Best Birthday Gift   This really did not take a lot of thinking about. The best birthday gift I have ever received was o... Read Chapter

Birthday Badness

Submitted: September 05, 2019

Birthday Badness   This is not so much about a particular birthday, either experience or gift, but is something that occurs ... Read Chapter

Making Sense Of The News

Submitted: September 06, 2019

Making Sense Of The News   I used to watch the news on the television once, twice, sometimes even three times a day. I felt ... Read Chapter

Let's Talk Beds

Submitted: September 12, 2019

Let’s Talk Beds   Let’s talk about beds. Or, more specifically, about bed-making. Are you one of those people that m... Read Chapter

Random Thoughts 1

Submitted: September 14, 2019

A piece written around prompt words.
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The Best Thing About My Street

Submitted: September 14, 2019

The Best Thing About My Street. Now, on the face of it, this was impossible for me to answer. Then I thought a bit and finally came u... Read Chapter


Submitted: September 16, 2019

TROLLING   This morning I was listening to a piece about the devastating effects that ‘trolling’ on the internet can h... Read Chapter

Running About Average

Submitted: September 16, 2019

Running About Average   ‘If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.’ M. H. Anderson   ... Read Chapter

Was And Am

Submitted: September 18, 2019

Was And Am.   Through my teenage years, from start to finish, I had a constant battle with depression. I think there follo... Read Chapter


Submitted: September 18, 2019

September   ‘By all these lovely tokens September days are here. With Summer’s best of weather, and Autumn’s best ... Read Chapter

A Piece Of Good Advice

Submitted: September 20, 2019

A Piece Of Good Advice   Now, I’ve got to confess that I’m not one for social media, not in the usual sense of the word.... Read Chapter


Submitted: September 21, 2019

Inspiration Where do you get your inspiration? What ignites a spark? These are questions I can’t really answer. Sometimes I g... Read Chapter

Looking Forward To Fall

Submitted: September 23, 2019

Looking Forward To Fall On the first day of autumn I’m confronted by a sky of steely grey. It was raining when I woke up but the ... Read Chapter

Plants, Indoors And Out

Submitted: September 24, 2019

Plants, Indoors And Out.   First off, I want to start with a confession. I  do not have green fingers. In fact the ... Read Chapter

The Seven Dwarfs

Submitted: September 25, 2019

The Seven Dwarfs   Which of the seven dwarfs of Snow White fame am I most like? I had to look up the names for this: Grump... Read Chapter

Long Dark Nights

Submitted: September 27, 2019

Long Dark Nights   What do I like best about Fall? That’s any easy one to answer: the longer hours of darkness. This is ... Read Chapter

A Good Neighbor

Submitted: September 28, 2019

  A Good Neighbor (Written for National Neighbor’s Day)   I don’t have any close neighbors; those that live... Read Chapter

My Life In Their Hands

Submitted: September 30, 2019

My Life In Their Hands. There’s something about the very act of becoming a passenger that leads to anxiety. After all, personal con... Read Chapter

A Coffee And Cake Fundraiser

Submitted: October 01, 2019

Today is National Homemade Cookie Day and International Coffee Day.
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He'd Always Scorned

Submitted: October 02, 2019

This was a bit of a strange prompt; to write a story about someone who's lifestyle has changed and they are learning to adjust.
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No Holding Back

Submitted: October 04, 2019

This was written in response to a prompt to 'Promote Your Blog!'
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Waking At Midnight

Submitted: October 07, 2019

Waking At Midnight   This is something that happens way too often to me. I have no trouble going to sleep most nights, but... Read Chapter

Senses Out In Space

Submitted: October 08, 2019

Senses Out In Space   ‘Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Sci... Read Chapter

Pet Peeves

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Pet Peeves   Actually, I am pretty tolerant and there’s not a lot of things that get to me. Not on a personal level, at le... Read Chapter

Taking Stock 2019

Submitted: October 11, 2019

Taking Stock 2019   If I’m honest things are not going well these days. The thought that things would be improving have ke... Read Chapter

Asking For Help

Submitted: October 11, 2019

Asking For Help   Do I find it difficult to ask for help? I guess that depends on what sort of help I’m asking for. A lo... Read Chapter

A Bit More Understanding

Submitted: October 15, 2019

The prompt was to write an entry including the words that are in bold.
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Recent Changes

Submitted: October 16, 2019

Recent Changes   What recent changes have I made in my life? Well, none, but that’s not from lack of trying. Every day... Read Chapter

A Fake Persona?

Submitted: October 17, 2019

A Fake Persona? Do I share my real self on-line? Definitely. In fact, I would go so far as to say that is the only place my ‘real... Read Chapter

A Childhood Memory That Brings A Smile

Submitted: October 18, 2019

A Childhood Memory That Brings A Smile   I’m not one hundred per cent true that this counts as I don’t actually remember... Read Chapter

Night Noises

Submitted: October 19, 2019

Night Noises   I’m not someone that is especially bothered by noises in the night. If I’m honest, I’m a person more ... Read Chapter

Autumn Desserts

Submitted: October 21, 2019

Autumn Desserts The question is do I have a favorite autumn dessert? The answer is definitely yes, although it is one that I have not... Read Chapter


Submitted: October 22, 2019

Comfort I think comfort is something we are all in need of at times; some of us undoubtedly more than others, but I don’t believe... Read Chapter

Organizational Tips?

Submitted: October 23, 2019

Organizational Tips? The question is: what are my five best organizational tips? I’ve got to admit right now, that this is going ... Read Chapter

The Neighborhood Bank

Submitted: October 24, 2019

This is a bit of a funny entry. It was written for a random word prompt, but although not entirely true, there are a lot of facts in it. Does that make this faction? Anyway the words to include
were: touch, proportion, exempt, clerk, circumstance, rub, characteristic, use and nightmare.
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Shadows And Light

Submitted: October 28, 2019

‘When walking through the valley of shadows, remember a shadow is cast by a light.’ Austin O’Malley   Shadows ... Read Chapter

It's Not Always A Matter Of Choice

Submitted: October 30, 2019

‘Why do we resist the mystery that change brings? When we get too rigid and inflexible, rigor mortis of the soul sets in. For p... Read Chapter

Conquering A Fear

Submitted: October 31, 2019

Conquering A Fear From when I was way too young to remember I was scared of feathers – and birds, too, I guess. I was told how I ha... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 01, 2019

Threes Some people say that things come in threes; good things or bad things. I guess the saying has a root somewhere back in folklor... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 02, 2019

‘Everything on Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of ... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 06, 2019

Tongue-Biting Do I ever have moments when I’ve wanted (or needed) to say something, but have decided to keep quiet? You bet! ... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 07, 2019

#SorryNotSorry Well, this is sadly all too easy. I’m sorry for forgetting. There were so many things to remember; things to do,... Read Chapter

A Letter To My Sixteen-Year-Old Self

Submitted: November 08, 2019

A Letter To My Sixteen-Year-Old Self. What can I say? I could be really blunt and discouraging and say that no matter how bad you thi... Read Chapter

Science, Technology And World Peace

Submitted: November 09, 2019

Science, Technology And World Peace The question posed is; How do you think technology affects international peace? Well, to me i... Read Chapter

Veterans Day

Submitted: November 11, 2019

Veterans Day This is a day to pay respects to all those who have fought in wars. They will never be forgotten. This is a day to r... Read Chapter

Chance Or Change

Submitted: November 12, 2019

Chance Or Change   ‘Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change’ - Jim Rohn   Ide... Read Chapter

Excitement or Peace?

Submitted: November 13, 2019

Excitement Or Peace? Which of these do you most crave? One or other, or perhaps a combination of both? There was a time, not so l... Read Chapter

Making Sense

Submitted: November 14, 2019

Making Sense   ‘I am under no obligation to make sense to you.’ The Mad Hatter.   This quote is one of ... Read Chapter

Why Blog?

Submitted: November 17, 2019

Why Blog? To be quite honest, this is not something I ever thought that I’d do. It’s not as if I have an exciting life; in fact m... Read Chapter

Black Friday

Submitted: November 20, 2019

Black Friday With Black Friday fast approaching, and it is a thing in Ireland now, will I go out and brave the hordes looking for a... Read Chapter

Writing Tools And Apps

Submitted: November 21, 2019

Writing Tools And Apps. I’m one of those people that struggle to pick up anything new. It took me ages to get used to my writing pr... Read Chapter

What Do I Most Look Forward To In December?

Submitted: November 22, 2019

What Do I Most Look Forward To In December? The end of NaNoWriMo is not allowed so... this is going to take some thinking about. ... Read Chapter

Five Movies For A Night In

Submitted: November 29, 2019

Five Movies For A Night In I’ve got to admit that I rarely watch movies at all these days. And there is no one here under 18 so the... Read Chapter

Christmas Songs

Submitted: December 02, 2019

Christmas Songs Any trip to any store during the month of December is bound to be accompanied by Christmas songs. For some reason it ... Read Chapter

Subject: Santa

Submitted: December 04, 2019

Subject: Santa I think the concept of Santa is one that is very hard to hold on to, and has been for many years now. I guess up until... Read Chapter

The Doldrums

Submitted: December 05, 2019

The Doldrums Taking part in NaNoWriMo has had an unexpected side-effect. I’m in the writing doldrums. I guess in some way I should ... Read Chapter

Harsh Words

Submitted: December 07, 2019

Harsh Words   ‘Harsh words break no bones, fine words butter no parsnips.’   ‘Harsh words’ might no... Read Chapter

As Seen On TV

Submitted: December 11, 2019

As Seen On TV Have I ever bought one of those gizmos or gadgets advertised as some kind of wonder product? If so, did it live up to... Read Chapter

The Last Full Moon Of The Decade

Submitted: December 12, 2019

The Last Full Moon Of The Decade It’s less than a month until the start of a new year, the beginning of the new decade. Tonight is ... Read Chapter

Different Shades Of Blue

Submitted: December 13, 2019

Different Shades Of Blue What will turn my downturned mouth into an upturned grin when I’m feeling blue? Well, that will very m... Read Chapter

Childhood Reading

Submitted: December 17, 2019

Childhood Reading I am one of those people that has always loved to read. Perhaps this was helped along by the fact that both of my... Read Chapter

What Is The One Thing You Wish You Knew How To Do?

Submitted: December 18, 2019

What Is The One Thing You Wish You Knew How To Do? I could have given so many answers to this one as I really can’t do much, and th... Read Chapter

Favorite Part Of Winter

Submitted: December 21, 2019

Favorite Part Of Winter I had to think long and hard about this; not to decide what my favorite part of winter is, but whether to be ... Read Chapter

Little Christmas

Submitted: December 26, 2019

Little Christmas   Little Christmas, or Nollag na mBan as it is called in Irish, is celebrated on January 6. Traditionally, ... Read Chapter

Goals For A New Year

Submitted: December 27, 2019

Goals For A New Year I know! I know! This is not going to be just any new year, but the start of a brand new decade. I won’t be s... Read Chapter

'What You Are Doing...'

Submitted: December 28, 2019

‘What You Are Doing...’ Apparently, there is an old saying that goes like this: ‘What you are doing on New Year’s Day you’l... Read Chapter

Goodbye and Good Riddance

Submitted: December 31, 2019

My thoughts on the twenty-teens.
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Childhood Makes

Submitted: January 02, 2020

Childhood Makes I can’t honestly remember anything that I made in early childhood, but I know that from about the age of ten a lo... Read Chapter

Plants And Stress

Submitted: January 04, 2020

Plants And Stress. A while ago they used to say that talking to plants, and yes, I mean out loud, was beneficial to both the person... Read Chapter

Favorite Part Of January

Submitted: January 07, 2020

Favorite Part Of January I had to think long and hard about this. January is not really a month that has a lot going for it. It’s ... Read Chapter

My Guilty Pleasure

Submitted: January 09, 2020

My Guilty Pleasure I think my biggest guilty pleasure can be blamed on a man. Not just any man, but a man called Jeff. Jeff Bezos, ... Read Chapter

My Paternal Grandparents

Submitted: January 11, 2020

My Paternal Grandparents I’m honestly not sure if I ever met my paternal grandfather. If I did, I was way too young to remember; I ... Read Chapter

Little Bits Of Happiness

Submitted: January 13, 2020

Little Bits Of Happiness   ‘Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individua... Read Chapter

I Wished To Be...

Submitted: January 15, 2020

I Wished To Be...   Strangely enough, as much as I loved to write, and especially to read, I never really had any childhood ... Read Chapter

Stress-Coping Methods

Submitted: January 16, 2020

Stress-Coping Methods I don’t have just one, but three that really depend on the circumstances. My favorite of all is to seek o... Read Chapter

Top Ten Foods

Submitted: January 17, 2020

The prompt for this entry is to list my top ten foods that I could eat for the rest of my life. There’s a bit of a problem with this ... Read Chapter

Epic Failures

Submitted: January 24, 2020

Epic Failures Oh boy, there are so many things that I could put here, but most are probably best kept to myself. I guess my big... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 03, 2020

February ‘While it is February one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the la... Read Chapter

My Town

Submitted: February 10, 2020

My Town I don’t actually live in a town at all but a tiny village in south west Cork. There used to be a pub/shop here at one tim... Read Chapter

Being Alone

Submitted: February 13, 2020

Being Alone ‘I think it is very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another pe... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 15, 2020

Kindness ‘One who knows how to show and accept kindness will be a better friend than any possession’ - Sophocles   ... Read Chapter

Is Everything 'Writable'?

Submitted: February 26, 2020

Is Everything ‘Writable’?   ‘And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 28, 2020

Cyber-Bullying I can’t help wondering if I was incredibly naive in thinking cyber bullying would not happen on a writing site. Afte... Read Chapter

The Rotary Telephone

Submitted: March 07, 2020

The Rotary Telephone It seems strange to me that so many people now, adults as well as the younger generations, have never even see... Read Chapter

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