Do you really want me to be vulnerable?

Growing up I’d learnt that it wasn’t OK for me to be in touch with my emotions. It wasn’t OK for me to be vulnerable. As a boy and young man I’d had years of conditioning that had made me believe that I would be seen ‘as less than’ or not a real man if I showed what I...

“My second life”: Matisse

“My Second Life”   “Only what I created after my illness constitutes my real self: free, liberated.” At the end of the Second War – in his 70’s, weak from major surgery, ill and dying with cancer, confined to a wheel chair, separated from his wife, his daughter...