Welcome to my Notices in this new year.
As you may have gathered, the blog called 'The Cross Patch' has been discontinued
- for the foreseeable future. It was like writing into a black hole, with
no feedback at all. So I shall try and have a monthly summary on this
page. Here in Skye tomorrow should be dry and sunny!!!!! Yes I can hardly
believe I've just typed that phrase. It should be the first day in the
last 60 (sixty) when it doesn't rain. The lawns are just a mudbath -not
helped by a four legged critter who loves getting wet and dirty. It was
a treat to get outside today to start the miriad of jobs in the 'man list
The acupressure/homoeopathy book is coming on apace and should take another
month to complete. The hardest part then is to find a publisher - self
publishing is sooo expensive. I then turn to the Holistic Spine book -
this is a good deal larger and will take most of the year.
I am very busy this Spring in travelling away to conferences and giving
seminars - 5 times in 3 months. This year I am attending both AACP and
ACPEM conferences in Coventry and Ammerdown respectively. It is 30 years
since AACP was formed - wow! We had a struggle to get 50 members in the
fiirst two years, now there are over 6,500 members. I guess the main reason
for its popularity is that pain relief acupuncture has been scientifically
validated - so that's all right then! Also I am giving a days workshop
in LTR in the Wirral in April, a 3 day Clinical Acupressure in MSK in
Wiltshire in June and for the first time doing a 2 day workshop in Therapeutic
Dowsing and Distance Healing, also in June. The latter is being held in
a converted chapel (dear to my heart). On the subject of dowsing, my distance
healing has been going great guns and has proved both popular and effective.
I am 'treating' many more people outside the UK, but this of course can
easily be done with this kind of work - a future book beckons.
15 March 2014
The weather continues to be the talking point
in Skye. It has rained for 126 out of the last 127 days!!! Everywhere
is like a quagmire. Today in the south east of England it is 15 degrees
and sunny, here it is blowing a gale force 8 southerly and is wet and
cold. I know where I'd rather be though. Better forecast for next week.
A bit of a blow with the new book. It has been refused (no reason given)
by Singing Dragon. I am looking at the possibility of putting it on Amazon
Kindle and making it a 'e' book. 3 of my others are available on Kindle
so why not! I can print out a few copies. I should be writing for another
couple of weeks as I have app. 4,000 words still to do. The Holistic Spine
book should do much better and I shall try Elsevier again.
I have been underwhelmed by enthusiasm for the Wirral one day workshop
on 4 April, even though everyone last time round agreed to attend! So
far we have just 6 attending so I just make ends meet with the cost of
travel and accommodation. I am though taking advantage of being in the
midlands by visiting my 93 year old mum who is in a nursing home - and
I may be forced to go and see Chesterfield FC play at home. The Dowsing
workshop in June now has 7 and the Acupressure in MSK has 5 - so both
should happen! I'll let you know how things go.
18 April 2014
I am writing this on Good Friday, with the
sun shining - hoorah! Feeling a little sorry for myself as I have a chest
infection, courtesy of being sneezed on on a flight to Manchester 10 days
ago - bless them!! Since the last notice I have been 'down south' twice
- once to give a LTR workshop in Merseyside, followed by a trip to Derbyshire
to see my mum and sisters (plus see my beloved Chesterfield FC play at
home). Last weekend I went to the Ammerdown Centre for the ACPEM conference.
This was very succesful and it is always a joy to see old colleagues and
meet up with like minded individuals. I was appointed President of ACPEM,
which is a great honour - I hope to do something positive with the role
and for it not to be just a figurehead - having been President of AACP
in the late 90's it must be unique in physiotherapy circles - I may well
ask those in the know
The MSK Acupressure workshop is definitely ON as there are now enough
delegates. Also the Therapeutic Dowsing one has
9 - and counting - so this one takes place. I have also given much thought
as to whether or not this will be the last year that I travel to give
seminars and lectures - I am finding it difficult to trudge heavy suitcases
due to my cervical spondylosis.
10 July 2014
Much has happened since the last entry in April. I have been 'down south'
three times - one for a conference and two workshops. The conference was
the 30th anniversary of AACP Conference at Coventry. This was great! It
was good to see all the old chronies and to chew the fat as to how acupuncture
has changed beyond all measure since we started it all off in 1984. I
then did a 3 day workshop in Calne, Wiltshire as a CPD one for AACP in
MSK Clinical Acupressure. 9 delegates braved this one and it all went
very well even though for me it was a double journey from hell - planes
late and ensuing trains cancelled! The last workshop before the Summer
break was one on Therapeutic Dowsing and Distance Healing at a great venue
near Telford in Shropshire. We had 16 on that one and it was very well
received - I taught distance healing for the very first time - I think
a future book is on the cards as there is not much out there. Now I have
a summer break to catch up on the chores around the croft - there is always
grass to cut, fencing to mend and bushes to trim - as well as building
raised beds, compost boxes and garden seats! - oh yes and visitors well.
On the writing front, due to lack of time this has stalled a little. I
have 3 short chapters of the 'Homoeopathy and Acupressure' one to complete
before I publish this through Kindle Publishing. The winter will be spent
in writing the much longer tome of 'The Holistic Spine - Reflections and
Associations'. I shall try and procure a main stream publisher for this
one. I also want to completely revamp the Clinical Acupressure ones I
wrote 15 years ago - they look very dated now. This will be done as one
book. I also want to do something on the minor chakras - so maybe another
5 books in me, who knows.
I have finally decide to stop instigating and organising workshops and
seminars - I have done it for 40 years and am finding it more difficult
to fix venues, advertise and do all the admin that it creates. It doesn't
mean to say that I have stopped teaching altogether - not a bit of it.
I hope to go on to well into my 70's (I already have two lectures planned
for Spring 2015). If folk want to attend one of my workshops, they should
organise it and I just turn up to do it. A free place will be awarded
for those of you doing this - it isn't too onerous. Please email me for
details if you are interested.
29 September 2014
September has been a busy and 'different'
month. I spent almost three weeks in bed with acute sciatica and prolapsed
L5-S1 disc. I am now at least up and walking and doing my exercises like
a good boy. Pain levels have reduced to being bearable but I have to be
careful not to do too much. I have always prided myself that my lumbar
spine is strong - I just have a grotty neck and dorsal spine. Teach me
to brag! It's weird being on the other side of the treatment couch. Andrea
has been a real star in looking after me as well as doing all my usual
chores and jobs around the croft.
The other major event was the publication of my new book 'Acupressure
and Homoeopathy Combinations in Common Ailments'. This has been quite
different to all my previous 7 books. Firstly I have self published it
through Amazon Kindle and it is available as an 'e' book to be downloaded
onto the Kindle or computer/tablet if Kindle is available - by the way
you can download Kindle for free. I have also made it into a PDF file
and it is available from me for the same price. If this is a succesful
way of publishing I may do it with future books on 'Therapeutic Dowsing
and Distance Healing' and 'The Minor and Lesser Chakras'. I am writing
'Holistic Spine - Reflections and Associations' over
the winter and am confident of securing a publisher for it. No peace for
the you know what!
2 January 2015
Happy New Year to all my readers. I hope
that it will be kind to you all. We have just taken down the Christmas
decorations for another year so it's full steam ahead for 2015. I'm a
great believer in not doing things that the heart isn't into, so, as it
was very hard work in writing the Holistic Spine and Skull book, I have
decided to set that on one side for the moment and concentrate for the
next 3 months or so in writing 2 'e' books on Therapeutic Dowsing and
Distance Healing. I think this format is the way to go, although I personally
prefer the feel of a hard copy book. We are, though, in the electronic
age where books may be obtained and read as downloads much more easily.
Writing for Kindle has certainly been a learning curve for me. I shall
definitely be writing the Holistic Spine and Skull book but in 3 parts,
and as an electronic book. The parts will be 1. Introduction and Cervical
2. Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral 3. Skull. I shall be giving full details
as and when. The poster of The Holistic Spine is available from me as
30 April 2015
As the saying goes -All good
things come to an end. I have decided
to retire from organizing and initiating workshops and lectures - I've
been doing it for 41 years. It is a question of 'spirit willing - flesh
weak'. My arthritic spine has worsened so as to make constant travelling
a bit of an ordeal. So if you want me to give a workshop in your area
- you do the organizing and advertising (I'll pay for it all). Please
email or phone in the first instance and we'll take it from there. The
other news is that I shall probably be reprinting the Holistic Spine poster
- details on the web site later.
I shall not be idle!! The croft keeps me busy over the summer months,
then I shall concentrate on writing - I have another 5 books in me that
are dying to get into print (or rather the internet). I also spend a good
deal of time each week with distance healing -
this has proved to be very rewarding for the recipients. Have a
good summer - JRC