Because we all have the ability to fly. If I was bird, I'd be a Laughing Kookaburra and I'd fly away all the petty things in a hearty laugh OK, this is my favourite challenge so far, so I'm doing two today! My second choice would be the blackbird I've just spent ten minutes watching from my kitchen window. He's found our new little pond and has been splishing and splashing about without a care in the world. After his bath he hopped up on to the shed roof and negotiated his way through the pigeons (who make me think of The Godfather, only not so smart) and had some dinner. As I get older I'm enjoying identifying birds more and trying to make our garden as bird friendly as possible. I found a poem about a hummingbird today. All about a scientist who couldn't believe how fast it's little wings were beating. Really enjoyed this. My husband makes the best coffees and always knows exactly how I like it. A 'Spanish coffee' is a short sweet one, a 'really nice coffee' is a particular ground coffee I like. There are lots of other situations when he instinctively knows how I feel and what I need. Found it difficult to make up new word though so mixed caring with coffee❤️ Thought I'd like to just enjoy the experience of flying so chose to be a swallow- to feel weightless and free to go anywhere - wonderful! Yesterday, Suzy Webster and I had a Webinar conversation with Phill Watmough, who is living with dementia and his wife of 9 years, Wendy about why the REAL Communication framework (Reminiscence, Empathic engagement, Active listening and Life story) is so important and how it plays out in our lives. The webinar was facilitated by the Dementia Action Alliance. DementiaDoer: Someone who does something about dementia instead of just talking about doing something! DementiaDoer: Someone who does something about dementia instead of just talking about doing something! ShoulderHolder: Someone who walks beside you, keeping you steady and encouraging you in equal measure. Today I’m a misunderstood magpie. I’m with a magpie mate to bring people Joy. We’re on a magical journey to collect treasure so we can build a shiny glittery nest. Today I’m a misunderstood magpie. I’m with a magpie mate to bring people Joy. We’re on a magical journey to collect treasure so we can build a shiny glittery nest. I drive backwards and forwards to Derbyshire quite a bit at the moment and twice now I’ve seen the most majestic heron swooping across Junction 23a of the M1, right next to East Midlands airport! So today, I choose to be that heron: Look at them all, crammed inside that tin can. I don’t know why they’re all pointing at me like that, I was born with wings, those things are bolted on. Down there too, more tin boxes, all in a neat little row going nowhere. I love being me. Flying free, the wind in my feathers, I can go anywhere I like, as long as I’m home for tea. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Thursday 18th May - Flying Free Sometimes, especially when we’ve been in the same place for a while, it’s nice to think about where we might like to be, or what we might do if things were different. If you were a bird for the day, where would you go and what would you do? Would you be a friendly robin sat on a gardener's spade, a pesky seagull pinching chips on the sea front at Scarborough or an owl, swooping around the countryside at night time? Do Choose which bird you would be, close your eyes and imagine the journey you’d go on. When you’ve finished either draw a picture of where you’ve been or write a short story about your flying journey. Remember, this isn’t about doing something really good, it’s just about trying it out, so don’t think too much about it. Think What was it like to imagine flying? Did you find it easy to do? Were you surprised by where you went? Share Share a picture of your bird, tell us where you went or share your little short story on dothinkshare.com, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW, #DAW2017 & #ABookofMe. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Thursday 18th May - Flying Free Sometimes, especially when we’ve been in the same place for a while, it’s nice to think about where we might like to be, or what we might do if things were different. If you were a bird for the day, where would you go and what would you do? Would you be a friendly robin sat on a gardener's spade, a pesky seagull pinching chips on the sea front at Scarborough or an owl, swooping around the countryside at night time? Do Choose which bird you would be, close your eyes and imagine the journey you’d go on. When you’ve finished either draw a picture of where you’ve been or write a short story about your flying journey. Remember, this isn’t about doing something really good, it’s just about trying it out, so don’t think too much about it. Think What was it like to imagine flying? Did you find it easy to do? Were you surprised by where you went? Share Share a picture of your bird, tell us where you went or share your little short story on dothinkshare.com, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW, #DAW2017 & #ABookofMe. CAREfidence: Someone who gives us the Strength, Courage and Confidence to get through each and every day. CAREfidence: Someone who gives us the Strength, Courage and Confidence to get through each and every day. It was lovely to spend a few moments thinking about a close friend and how they support me. I felt wistful, lucky and calm when I think about them. I hope everyone has someone like that for them. Eyra. This is a piece of artwork completed by an older participant at a recent workshop. I've really struggled to think of a new word today, so this image represents the word 'community' and whatever that means for you. She said they are beautiful people /she said who are they /she said they are night nurses / she said how do they help/ she said they are always by your side/ she said reassurance is everything / she said at 99she knew a thing or two /she said yes memory is precious when you can remember / I loved doing this.. thinking about the people that help me and how they do it.. I might do some more later! Working together, we feel this is really important. We encourage each other to be more open and honest about our emotions so we can work in a supported, inspiring and motivated environment where we have agency and thrive doing what we love. Let it all out:one of the best advice I ever received - to be shared wholeheartedly. My friends keep me going and I hope I can do the same for them. Sharecare. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Wednesday 17th May - Caring Words If we are caring for someone with Dementia, or if we have a diagnosis ourselves, or if we are generally a human being, we will all need a little bit of support. Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help, but when we do, it often lightens our load and makes life a little easier. Who are the people that offer you support? Friends, Parents, Children, Partners? The word ‘Carer’ is a term used a lot and can mean lots of different things to different people, we’d like you to think a little bit about this. Do Think about someone that cares for you, what are their qualities? What do they do? How do they support you? Make up a new word to describe what this person does and write the dictionary definition for them. Are they a ShoulderFriend or a KeeperUpper or a RockInAStormyOcean? Think How did it feel to reflect on what that person does for you? Did it make you feel grateful? Was there anything about the relationship you would change? Share Share your dictionary definition with us. Or if you’d rather, just share how doing the challenge made you feel. You can share on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook. #DAW17 #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Wednesday 17th May - Caring Words If we are caring for someone with Dementia, or if we have a diagnosis ourselves, or if we are generally a human being, we will all need a little bit of support. Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help, but when we do, it often lightens our load and makes life a little easier. Who are the people that offer you support? Friends, Parents, Children, Partners? The word ‘Carer’ is a term used a lot and can mean lots of different things to different people, we’d like you to think a little bit about this. Do Think about someone that cares for you, what are their qualities? What do they do? How do they support you? Make up a new word to describe what this person does and write the dictionary definition for them. Are they a ShoulderFriend or a KeeperUpper or a RockInAStormyOcean? Think How did it feel to reflect on what that person does for you? Did it make you feel grateful? Was there anything about the relationship you would change? Share Share your dictionary definition with us. Or if you’d rather, just share how doing the challenge made you feel. You can share on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook. #DAW17 “If self is a location, so is love: Bearings taken, markings, cardinal points, Options, obstinacies, dug heels, and distance, Here and there and now and then, a stance.” Seamus Heaney, District and Circle “If self is a location, so is love: Bearings taken, markings, cardinal points, Options, obstinacies, dug heels, and distance, Here and there and now and then, a stance.” Seamus Heaney, District and Circle Whoops, I put the wrong photo on first time, that one showed what the burning money looked like when the ITV crew tried to ignite it (Obviously not Boy Scouts) THIS picture shows what they filmed when I had ignited the money. I'm an activities coordinator at Camelot house and lodge care home in Wellington, Somerset. I've been dressing up using the colours yellow and red. Our residents have helped make lemonade which we have been selling and also a cake stall. I have been giving out leaflets spreading the awareness to guests to our home and asking for donations. We have a cinema event which our residents are attending which was organised by the DAA and a visit from the local school. I'm an activities coordinator at Camelot house and lodge care home in Wellington, Somerset. I've been dressing up using the colours yellow and red. Our residents have helped make lemonade which we have been selling and also a cake stall. I have been giving out leaflets spreading the awareness to guests to our home and asking for donations. We have a cinema event which our residents are attending which was organised by the DAA and a visit from the local school. A very happy day for our family, the first of our four children to get married.. A wonderful very special day. The sadness was that my mum wasn't there, she had waited for so many years hoping for a family wedding and she was too ill to attend. We had even been out shopping to get mum a new suit and she had been happy that it was smart - dressing appropriately was important to mum. We look at the pictures with her, eat fruit cake she smiles but it doesn't seem to trigger any of her wedding memories. Remember ME At first I thought I would write about the time I was invited to a meal in honour of Lady Baden Powell in Dar-es-Salam when I was doing a two year stint as a teacher for Voluntary Service Overseas in Tanzania, but then my husband mentioned something about the long campaign he was involved in to restore the pensions of 500 workers lost when the BUSM company went bust and the workers faced financial disaster. I immediately thought of the afternoon when an ITV company visited our home and burned £20 notes in our garden for a documentary about lost pensions called “Money to Burn”, so we decided to make this a joint effort. I am so proud of the part my husband played in getting these pensions restored, he was interviewed by local and national newspapers and appeared on the politics today programme as well as in the documentary But to return to the money to burn; as well as the interview with my husband, the film crew wanted to film the opening shots over which the titles and credits would roll, showing the burning money. Fear not, it was not real money. They had painstakingly got permission to print pictures of £20 notes, on one side only, on ordinary paper. They looked very realistic. All we needed was the money and a match or other sure-fire way of igniting it at the start of the interview. Umm no – Murphy’s law takes priority! There was all the money, there was the camera man but money refused to burn! Now my Girl Guide experience came into play and my Tanzanian Guides would have been proud of me as I made a pyramid of notes in my commandeered grill pan and got a good fire going with only one match. I still have the charred ashes and burnt pan as a souvenir. Remember ME At first I thought I would write about the time I was invited to a meal in honour of Lady Baden Powell in Dar-es-Salam when I was doing a two year stint as a teacher for Voluntary Service Overseas in Tanzania, but then my husband mentioned something about the long campaign he was involved in to restore the pensions of 500 workers lost when the BUSM company went bust and the workers faced financial disaster. I immediately thought of the afternoon when an ITV company visited our home and burned £20 notes in our garden for a documentary about lost pensions called “Money to Burn”, so we decided to make this a joint effort. I am so proud of the part my husband played in getting these pensions restored, he was interviewed by local and national newspapers and appeared on the politics today programme as well as in the documentary But to return to the money to burn; as well as the interview with my husband, the film crew wanted to film the opening shots over which the titles and credits would roll, showing the burning money. Fear not, it was not real money. They had painstakingly got permission to print pictures of £20 notes, on one side only, on ordinary paper. They looked very realistic. All we needed was the money and a match or other sure-fire way of igniting it at the start of the interview. Umm no – Murphy’s law takes priority! There was all the money, there was the camera man but money refused to burn! Now my Girl Guide experience came into play and my Tanzanian Guides would have been proud of me as I made a pyramid of notes in my commandeered grill pan and got a good fire going with only one match. I still have the charred ashes and burnt pan as a souvenir. When I was young I used to play tennis in our local park. I vividly remember one early autumn evening when the sun was playing on the leaves of the trees. I was totally amazed by the àrray of colours and promised myself that I would remember the glorious scene for ever.....and I have! I must have had company but it was a solitary moment. I found this really hard to do! Couldn't choose and it really made me think about what my 'achievements' are and what I want people to remember about me. So I just chose this, me leading the fun and the play. I'm pretty proud of myself for that I think and it's something I still try to do through my work.. This is a picture of me, my brother and grandma on my 21st Birthday. It was so lovely to get everyone together and celebrate. I wanted to share a recent picture of my grandma because although lots of things have changed since she was diagnosed with dementia, she is still always ready to have a dance and sing along. With that in mind, the quote for this picture can be "My always rockin' gran!" #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Tuesday 16th May Do My item is a flyer from an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show I helped organize back in 2005 Think This was a total game changer for me. We supported ten adults with learning disabilities through a seven night show at Venue 45 in Edinburgh and they stormed it. On day one everyone hid behind me on Princes Street while I gave flyers out - a few days in and everyone's confidence had grown tenfold and we were attracting a full house every night. Some of the performers went on to develop dementia and I remember one chap in particular who would always do the signing for dancing when he saw me. The memory of where we'd been and what we'd done together was that strong. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Tuesday 16th May Do My item is a flyer from an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show I helped organize back in 2005 Think This was a total game changer for me. We supported ten adults with learning disabilities through a seven night show at Venue 45 in Edinburgh and they stormed it. On day one everyone hid behind me on Princes Street while I gave flyers out - a few days in and everyone's confidence had grown tenfold and we were attracting a full house every night. Some of the performers went on to develop dementia and I remember one chap in particular who would always do the signing for dancing when he saw me. The memory of where we'd been and what we'd done together was that strong. Taniwha Thames is one of the first shows I watched after I moved to England and it has stayed with me since. I went to the show with an English friend of mine, Grant, who had just spent some months in South Africa and was trying to make a new start in life. Taniwha Thames asked: what do you call home? The show was splendid and bittersweet for us as we had left one home and were trying to make a new one. This was over six years ago and I am not sure I have found an answer. Or rather I think I call home several places: the 'home' where I grew up and that no longer exists because it was 40 years ago. The 'home' I made in my 20s with all the first times. The 'home' I've been making since I moved to England just under 10 years ago. So I guess what I call home is the sum of all my previous homes and the ones to come and it's a constant work in progress. It is movable,permeable and expandable.