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It takes time to see the whole

The moon in early mornings is a treat not known to everyone. Early calls to walk with Trixie, our remaining dog, mean that this is part of my everyday.

Last week I became aware that there was light in the cloud which covered the western sky – quite high up. As we walked and time passed – a gap and then a bigger gap opened – we could see the moon in part – and then in full – a big, full and beautiful moon. It came again next morning, and the next – It was the Wolf Moon – so impressive it warranted a mention and photographs in The Guardian: Wolf moon – in pictures | Science | The Guardian

We learned that it was American Indians who long ago gave the name to the Wold Moon at this time of year – freezing temperatures and the wolves would run and howl

Our wonderful series of Friday seminars continues and we learn so much from the presentation and discussion of case histories. Some patients have been known to services for several decades – contact with us comes from mental health problems – sometimes dementia. These may come and go, get worse of sometimes better. Treatment interventions may have benefits – but may produce unwanted effects. Physical health problems also come and go – sometimes leaving scars and ongoing symptoms – and the changes in social life over years underpin or undermine what we are and the self we know and share with the wider world.

Time and a few steps back may see the clouds clear and fuller understanding can be gained.

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