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Clare Matthews
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On Leaving Behind The Influence Of The Bruderhof. The End of An Affair
  A fabulous piece of art I found on this page .   Until tonight I have continued to try to like and affirm the Bruderhof, a Christian community in the anabaptist tradition.  I have tried for years. I used to succeed.  At one point their literature saved my...
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Views Of Newcastle Upon Tyne From The Top of Grey's Monument
A week ago today I was fortunate to be able to climb to the top of Grey's Monument in central Newcastle.  At this moment it's raining.  It's grey.  A week ago the weather was perfect. Through the summer months Newcastle City Guides offer trips to the top of...
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Haiku For Those Who Say My Wearing Skirts Perpetuates Stereotypes
This is another single phrase written on Facebook that turned into a short post here. The phrase became haiku dedicated to that section of society for whom a trans woman can't win no matter what she wears, how she acts, or who she is.  These are the people ...
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The Wizard of Oz Art Box - A Recovery College Course
Recently I participated in my first course at the Recovery College in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  It's a brilliant place, offering a wide range of creative and therapeutic courses and groups to people in the local area who are experiencing mental health difficult...
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Free Hugging In Newcastle - Part 2: The Experience
To begin with it was difficult. I arrived early and anxious aiming to participate in the offering of hugs to people in Newcastle.  I sat on the steps at Grey's Monument.  I worried.  Could I really do this hug thing?  Or would I just get up and go home or g...
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Free Hugging In Newcastle - Part 1: Autistic Touch Aversion
Five happy huggers of Newcastle Yes, that's me in that photo.  Twice so far this year I've joined these crazy people in Newcastle city centre and spent a couple of hours offering hugs to random strangers.  From left to right you see Joanne, Andrew, Rob, mys...
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Experiences Of Northern Pride From One Autistic, Trans Queer Woman
      My experience of Pride was surprisingly good yesterday. Of course I never approached the main stage or the dance tent or the cabaret or the fair ground. With my sensory issues it's hard to be there at all. I have to miss out on some of what is on o...
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Following The Yellow Brick Road - An Art Project
Welcome, welcome. I am the wizard.  I am the witch.  I am Dorothy too.  Welcome to my world, to my crazy meandering yellow brick road through a land not unlike the land of Oz. I should explain. Some of you will have found this page by chance.  Some through ...
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The Flying Monkeys of Oz
The Flying Monkeys Of Oz This page is still to be written please choose another Click Here For the Introduction And Contents Page Contents Click Here For the Previous Chapter The Emerald City Of Oz Click Here For the Following Chapter The Wonderful Wizard O...
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The Saint Of Oz - Thomas, Apostle of Doubt
The Surprise Doubting Saint Of Oz Click Here For the Introduction And Contents Page Contents Click Here For the Previous Chapter The Tin Man Of Oz Click Here For the Following Chapter The Field Of Poppies Of Oz Saint Thomas, Apostle of Doubt John 20:29 Jesu...
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