Author Archives: Dr. Elaine Atkins

About Dr. Elaine Atkins

Author, Therapist and Communications Director at www.CareandCompare.com

Co-Writing That Novel: How We Make It Work

Originally posted on writers of wales:
Collaborative Writing – Mirren Jones style ‘Take in laundry, before you take on a partner’ (proverb) How can two people write a novel together? How do you decide who will write what? And what…

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The Year of the Horse has arrived

According to Chinese Astrology, the Year of the Horse (one of 12 signs of the Zodiac) begins today and will end on 18th February 2015.  I have to say I’m rather excited about this for a number of reasons: a)      born … Continue reading

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Vernon Watkins – a distinguished but now neglected Welsh Poet

I’ve recently discovered a brilliant Welsh poet – Vernon Watkins (1906-1967), who was rather overshadowed in his lifetime by his notorious and famous friend, Dylan Thomas. (A friendship that endured many years, even after Thomas failed to turn up as … Continue reading

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The Unwanted Horse – an equine welfare crisis in the UK

There is a worldwide problem of abandoned and neglected horses.  Sadly these beautiful and willing creatures have been used and abused by humankind ever since they were first domesticated.  The UK is not exempt from blame – the problem of … Continue reading

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Realising the aspirations of people with disabilities

Able-bodied people take a lot for granted.  We expect to live comfortably in our own homes, source and prepare our own food, be able to find a job, and drive our own vehicles or use public transport to travel to … Continue reading

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Balloons and Sky Lanterns are DANGEROUS to wildlife: You can look, you can touch, but please DON’T let go!

Like many companies when planning a celebration, my company, CareandCompare.com was thinking of having a small balloon release to mark our launch last month. We quickly changed our minds however, when one of our Associate charities, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), … Continue reading

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Why books are vital for children and the healing power of books for children in hospitals

Books . . . have been read and written about for centuries.  As a bibliophile it’s all too easy to assume that other people love books as much as I do, also think they are important, and encourage their children to … Continue reading

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Birth of a new price comparison website: happenstance or fate?

I’ve been away from here for far too long; my excuse is that a really BIG project of which I am Communications Director has been keeping me very busy, and testing my writing skills every day!  Last week http://www.CareandCompare.com was … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day March 21st 2013

Today is ‘World Poetry Day’ a date declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999.  The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. In my … Continue reading

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Hiraeth – A feeling of Wales in the soul

Today is Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant  – St. David’s Day – the National Day of Wales.  As usual there is much celebration ongoing of all kinds; there are the big crowds in Cardiff singing the National Anthem, there are the … Continue reading

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