Suicide – Part 2

Sometimes I wonder why he didn’t Talk To Someone. They say it’s the people left behind who suffer when you go. They do you know, they really suffer when you go, they constantly ask themselves what they could have done to stop you, what they could have done to change your mind and help you see that everything looks different under different shades of light. A Proverb says – Weeping may endure for the night but Joy comes in the morning. You may think that you have no one to talk to, you are so wrong. Your mother or father, a relative or a friend will ask themselves a number of questions when you die, one of which will be, why didn’t you Talk To Someone? Some faiths believe that when you kill yourself you go to hell, where you remain for eternity. I believe that there is nothing so bad that you cannot get help to deal with it. To get through the weeping you have to believe that there can be joy, take fifteen minutes and make a list of some of the good things in your life, the people who love you and who you will be leaving behind, heartbroken and shattered. Recently, there seems to be one story or another in the newspapers about someone killing themselves every week. As a daughter, a mother, a sister, an aunt, a niece and a friend, if there is one thing I can say to make you change your mind about killing yourself it is this – Talk To Someone, don’t suffer alone – I say this in... read more

Suicide: One Million People Die Each Year!

Most people will know someone who committed suicide or know someone who knows someone. I do. When I finished my MSc in Medical Microbiology at university I got a job in a renowned London hospital’s microbiology laboratory and it was there that I met him. He wasn’t that tall and was balding, slightly built and told me once that he bought some of his trousers in the children’s section of clothing shops. He took me under his wing and taught me the difference between studying Medical Microbiology and working in a laboratory where I could put my theory into practice. He used to wind me up by calling me ‘Gladiola’ instead of Gladys – he told me it was the name of a beautiful flower and I believed him (we didn’t have Google back then for me to check if it was true or not). I worked with him for nearly seven years; two of those years were spent on maternity leave having my children. When I went back to work each time he brought me up to speed and made sure that I was okay with all the new methods. The things I remember most are his willingness to always help me when I needed help at work, how when we had a misunderstanding I would frown at him, and he would frown in return then things would somehow go back to normal. Once, I identified something in a patient’s sample; something that was quite rare and he confirmed what it was then got everyone’s attention and made everyone aware that I had found it and he heaped... read more

L X 4 (Live Life – Love Life)

Hi Readers, I am currently in Orlando and although the weather has been mostly nice and warm we have had some cold and rainy days. Today however is warm and as I sit on the balcony of my third floor condo and look out onto the miniature crazy golf course below and the lake beyond that, I am thankful for my life, liberty and love. I went to a wedding on Saturday at the Gaylord Palms and I tell you, it was beautiful, just like in the movies. The couple looked so in love and the elegant ceremony was a reflection of this love. The groom wore military whites and his groomsmen were all dressed the same and held swords for the couple to walk under after the ceremony. The whole thing brought tears to my eyes and sent a river of gratitude to God that I was here to celebrate with the couple Anthonia and Marlow, and their families. I went to Uni with Anthonia’s mother and as we sat and reminisced about the old days it hit me, who would have thought back then that we would be here now, in this beautiful setting celebrating the love of these two beautiful people. Yesterday, I went to see the Oprah Winfrey movie, SELMA in the cinema with my daughter Stephanie and again I was moved to tears. The movie showed a side of Martin Luther King Jr (excellently acted by David Oyelowo) that I never knew about and a strength in his wife Coretta Scott King which I found commendable. It showed the fight and struggle that Black... read more

The First of many Blogs to come

Hello and welcome to the first blog from the GLL Publishing website. My name is Gladys Lawson and this blog will be the first of many to come. I am hoping that this will be a forum where I can share things with readers and from time to time incorporate some of my readers’ constructive views. The latest book from GLL Publishing is called U Murder U (Suicide) and is available from the website in a red or black cover at a special price. Here are a few words taken from the back blurb. “Why did ten young people wake up one morning and convene at a Central London Hospital to take part in a suicide pact? What possessed them to do this? What possessed them to drink a concoction of stolen hospital drugs mixed with chemicals, the mixture so strong that it dissolved their innards in minutes? They died in so much pain – their dead faces were literally gargoyle in agony as blood oozed out of their orifices.” During my research for the book U Murder U (Suicide), I read so many stories where people felt hopeless and unloved which really saddened me. Although U Murder U (Suicide) is a fictional thriller it is a story that so many people can relate to because of the various characters in the book. I write stories I hope people will read and come away with many things, one thing being the knowledge that they are loved. When a person truly knows they are loved they have the ability to conquer so many battles – knowledge is power! Below is... read more