About

As well as being the daughter of the very forgetful Goldfish, Mary Smith is a writer of both prose and poetry and a freelance journalist.

She is currently caring for her father who has severe dementia and trying not to mind not being able to write. This blog is a way to keep her writing muscles from atrophying completely and a way of reaching out to others in a similar situation.

She spent many years working on health projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan; experiences which have influenced her writing.Β  Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women is an account of some of her years working on a women’s health project in Afghanistan and No More Mulberries is a novel set in Afghanistan. Both are available as paperback or for Kindle.

Thousands Pass Here Every Day (Indigo Dreams) is her first full-length poetry collection.

More information about Mary Smith can be found on her website at www.marysmith.co.uk

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    • Thanks, Damian. I hope you will follow me on this journey into the world of dementia. I do try to find the humour, though it’s sometimes well hidden.

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    • Thank you, Erica. It’s very good of you to nominate me. I already have this inspiring blogger award so don’t really know what to do, especially as the other bloggers I follow also have it! I like your post and will take a look at your blog, whcih looks interesting – and, of course, inspiring.

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    • Thanks for taking a look. It is hard to write about these things but there are positives about it, too.
      I really enjoyed your blog post about Cret – have shared it with my sister who is going to Crete on holiday soon. Lucky thing πŸ™‚

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  1. In my last few years at work, I spent much time visiting patients (for research) with early onset dementias in their own homes. I have seen first-hand how spouses and other carers travel a complex and often soul-destroying path between the needs of the people they look after and the often Byzantine complexities of the system. My sympathies about the writing hiatus. I, too, had a few years with very little writing time while caring for our parents/parent-in-law. I have found blogging a great way to keep that muscle active. I have just bought `No More Mulberries’ for my iPad. I wish I could say I will be reading it soon, but it has joined something of a queue.

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Hilary. Your research sounds fascinating.’Byzantine complexities’ is the perfect description for the system!
      I expected my writing would have to take a backseat when I moved in with dad and, like you, I turned to blogging as a way to ensure I did manage some writing. I thought after dad died I would get back to it but it has taken much longer than I expected, though I’m making progress now.
      Thanks for buying No More Mulberries and I hope when it finally reaches the top of the queue you enjoy it. My tbr pile threatens to engulf me! Just as well it is mostly a virtual pile.

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  2. I found you through Nutsrok only to discover we had crossed paths before. I too have been through the journey of dementia with both parents and various others. My deepest condolences on your loss. Life returns to a more normal balance eventually, until something else occurs to put it out of kilter πŸ™‚ I wish you well

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