Looking forward, facing up, going on

I’m starting the Week 2 summary with the final contribution of that week. Mrs Malaprop and Mr Waugh, Karen Hart’s beautifully written post, is well worth a read. She has just lost her father and wrote about the arranging of the funeral, including a touch of affectionate humour created by her mother’s language traits. I think that the other Weekly Blog Club members would join me in offering condolences to Karen and her family.

Crabbit Old Woman by Gladys Haining is a moving post for the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog in which she looked at the way in which people with dementia were treated historically, how they are looked after now, and looking forward.

Mark Braggins looked back a bit but mostly looked forward in UKGovCamp – Looking Forward not Back, not just to this year’s UKGovCamp unconference but to how digital public services will look in the future. His concern that they will still be discussing the same thing in 5 or 10 years’ time is followed by the thought that this is only an event, and that “the challenges facing public services are huge, complex, persistent, and growing.”

Karl Green started to look forward in The Importance of Taking Breaks to his birthday near the end of the month when he finally takes a break, even from blogging.

Diane Murray tackled one of the tough issues in the public sector on the Ayrshirehealth blog this week: The power of “apology”. She looked at why “sorry seems to be the hardest word” in the National Health Service, and how it can be the best thing to say.

Phil Jewitt posed a challenge in his Facing up to our facts. What image do you use as an avatar? If it isn’t a recognisable picture of you, why not? There is a very interesting discussion in the comments. My avatar is a compromise with an image that is from a photo of me but I have cropped and altered the colours to make it a more stylised image. This is partly because I don’t like the way I look these days, but also because I don’t want to be recognised instantly.

Peter Olding hasn’t mind putting his face on national television on occasion. He follows up on his previous post this week in Best fans in the world (part 2), and considers media priorities, such as discrimination against train spotters versus an old pop star’s wife being pregnant, as well as AFC Bournemouth.

Carol Woolley is taking up a new instrument in her spare time. She has waited many years to play this instrument so I hope very much that she thoroughly enjoys Making more music… at last.

I wrote about Artist’s block for Week 2. I have been trying to break through it for several years and it’s becoming crucial that I do. I have set myself a deadline by when I must break that block. If – no, when – I do, my next problem will be where and how to get the work exhibited. I already have quite a few photos that I would like to exhibit but cannot afford to print, let alone frame. Whether I can even find the money to paint enough pictures to go into a joint show is another problem. Paints have become very expensive. But my first problem is breaking that block.

Art also gets a mention in Diane Sims’s post On the margins (not on the fence). Micro organisms and the edges where one thing comes up against or merges with another, such as sea and land, are the main focus of her post. Which are you? Someone who stands firmly in one field, sits on the fence, or waits ready for action in the margins?

Don’t wait to contribute posts to Week 3! You can join in with Weekly Blog Club at any time. Our About page tells you everything you probably need to know about contributing a post – and if you want some inspiration, look back at past posts, or tweet us to as for ideas. I won’t set an [entirely optional] theme* this week. If you lack inspiration for a post, tweet us and we will suggest a theme specially for you.

Thank you very much to all who contributed posts or support (commenting, Liking, following, and sharing posts) this week.

Have a good blogging week! The lovely Kate (‘Cake’) Bentham will be summarising next week – and I’m looking forward to reading her kind and wise words.

Janet

Janet E Davis

*Photos of or recipes for cake might go down well with Kate.

Summary of week 2 posts

UKGovCamp – Looking Forward not Back by Mark Braggins.

The Importance of Taking Breaks by Karl S Green.

Artist’s block by Janet E Davis.

Making more music… by Carol Woolley.

The power of “apology” by Diane Murray on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

Facing up to our facts by Phil Jewitt.

On the margins (not on the fence) by Diane Sims.

Best fans in the world (part 2) by Peter Olding.

Crabbit Old Woman by Gladys Haining – @gbhaining – on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.

Mrs Malaprop and Mr Waugh by Karen JK Hart.

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Weekly Blog Club was set up in early January 2012 to encourage people to blog regularly, and especially to encourage those working in and with the public sector, charities and voluntary organisations in the UK to find their own 'voice' through writing.

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