Kate morell: kate morell – changing the world one sunset at a time

Kate Morell – UsherKids Australia

Today we meet the courageous Kate Morell from Wagga Wagga, Australia. Kate is a talented graphic designer, and a mother-of-two. She also has Usher Syndrome, the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness, which affects over 400,000 people worldwide. She took the Do What You Love course last October, and we were so touched and inspired by her story that we asked her to share it…

I have two fantastic children, Angelina (10) and Marquez (7), and I’m married to a wonderful man, Adolfo. Prior to having children I worked in Sydney and London in design studios for the corporate sector. I was diagnosed with deafness when I was two and Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes gradual sight loss, when I was 15. It was then when I was told about Usher Syndrome that I should expect to lose my sight by the time I was 40. I’m 45 now and not at that stage yet, so winning!
And yet, as I lose my sight, travelling from light to dark, I am still finding this journey is harder than I ever thought it would be. Yes, I took the long path first, and experienced many breakdowns, rest stops and detours along the way. And at times I even found myself heading in completely the wrong direction. But finally I feel that I am beginning to walk the right path. The path which leads me to where I stand now.

My background
Once I finished my degree, I worked for a couple of years, then, as most Australians do, I took off on a working holiday. I  travelled extensively around the UK, Western Europe, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia and returned home after two and a half years, only to book another working holiday in Dublin. Here I was offered a job and asked to commit long term, but I decided I’d rather see the world and headed off to Eastern Europe and the Balkans before returning home. A year later, back in Sydney, I couldn’t shake the travel bug. I desperately wanted to go to Cuba before it changed so I packed my bags once again. One week into my trip, I met my Cuban husband, and over the next two years I made four trips to Cuba, each time for eight weeks, before he was finally able to migrate to Australia.

With Adolfo in Havana, Cuba, a couple of weeks after we first met

I guess my ‘story’ really began when…
I turned to writing during periods of depression in my life. The first was when I was newly diagnosed with Usher Syndrome as a teenager. I wouldn’t share my feelings with anyone, but every couple of months I would have a low period and the only way out of it was to stay up late into the night and write it out, furiously. Then I would throw away the angry words and start over again in the morning as if everything was fine.

My sixteenth birthday, with my older brother and father, around the time of my Usher diagnosis

I didn’t regularly write a journal or a travel journal, until my second trip abroad aged 28. I realise now that I was actually running away from my life and, well, myself. Following a bad experience with a cataract surgery, suffered post traumatic shock, was depressed and suicidal. Instead of working in Dublin, I went travelling alone. I camped or stayed in private homes in Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Croatia, and Bosnia and purposely sought out places where people were worse off than me. I spent days at a time not speaking with anyone, just writing for hours at a time, always about my travels, and never about me. I visited Anne Frank’s house, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik. It put my suffering in perspective. I had nothing to complain about.

And then I fell in love. I didn’t write on my Cuban trips – I was too busy falling in love – but I began writing for therapy again when I approached 40, the age I was told to expect to be totally blind. By this time I had two children and the prospect made me so distraught I became suicidal. I attended a couple of counselling sessions but they seemed pointless. The psychologist would ask me ‘what’s been happening?’ and there was just too much in my head to even begin to explain. At this time I was also trying to deal with my adoption since the issue of ‘forced adoptions’ from my era were making headlines.

Our children Angelina and Marquez waiting for the sun to set in Uluru, Australia


Each day I would take my daughter to school, and my son to childcare, and return home to write through tears. My first blog post was raw and brutally honest: about the moment I told my husband I would rather be dead than blind.
I wrote throughout the long healing process and slowly my depression lifted. Meanwhile, I sought out a community, a place to belong. After much research I found the Usher Syndrome Coalition blog and I was invited to write for them. This writing is now the basis of the memoir I’m currently working on.
My memoir covers many themes: adoption, angels, blind cane, Bono, counselling, Cuba, depression, faith, healing, hearing impairment, invisible disability, miscarriages, miracles, post natal depression, post traumatic shock, Retinitis Pigmentosa, travels, Usher Syndrome, vision impairment, writing for therapy, the Girl in the Blue Dress, and more. I wore a blue dress at my Cuban wedding and ‘The Girl in the Blue Dress’ refers to my ongoing search to find her – the girl my husband married. I am happy to report, I have NEARLY found her.

My wedding day in Cuba – ‘The girl in the blue dress’

Community gave me courage
I have always tried to hide my two disabilities, but with my eyes deteriorating, and me needing to use a blind cane, I realise that I can no longer hide.  I decided to use the Usher Syndrome Coalition campaign, in the lead up to Usher Syndrome Awareness Day, to ‘come out’ and let the world know about my disabilities. I know that my happy ending involves using my cane. To me, that will be going from invisible to visible. Like, hey world, look at me, see I have a cane! Yet, using a cane feels like I am wearing an invisibility mask. My self, my identity, my story, completely erased, replaced with the mask of that of a blind girl and nothing more. Is it just me who wonders about people and their stories, especially those with visible differences? I often wonder if anyone else ever wonders about their story beyond their differences.


With my blind cane: coming out about my disabilities through my ‘Ushering Kate’ campaign


I sent out a press release, said yes to being interviewed on the local news, set up a Facebook group called ‘Ushering Kate’ and invited people to assist me as I used my cane when I walked down the high street. I wasn’t inundated by people wanting to walk with me, but it did let everyone know my story. I ended the campaign by giving my first speech at the Australian event for Usher Kids Australia. Mark Dunning, founder of the Usher Syndrome Coalition, was there and I was delighted that he’d asked me to be their spokesperson.
Mark told everyone: “Kate Morell is a hero to a disenfranchised community of several hundred thousand desperate and frightened people. Usher Syndrome is a genetic disorder. People with the disease, like Kate, are born with hearing loss and eventually lose their sight. Kate’s honest and deeply personal writing for the Usher Syndrome blog, her willingness to lay open her soul and give voice to her fears, has given countless people the courage to face their condition and hope for the future. Many use her words as a talisman to get through their day and her blog posts are the common language that holds the community together. It is hard to overstate the positive impact she has had.

I was inspired to take the Do What You Love course because…
After doing my Usher Kate campaign I felt ready to make my next move – whatever that was! I signed up for the course last August and it felt like the perfect time to figure out what I would love to do.
I began the course in October feeling a little bit depressed, but as I worked through it my mood lifted. I got a little carried away listening to many of the suggested books while tidying and de-cluttering my house, making time to be off-line, and spend more time doing things that light me up. By the end I was a changed person, so much so that I went back to the beginning to start all over again.

Writing my Real Wild Bio and sharing it on week four was one of my proudest ever moments.
It is who I am and who I want to be. It made me see that everything I have been through matters. I found myself through it. This is it…
I am resilient, determined, (and can be stubborn and fiercely independent) in the way I don’t let others deter me from what I know I can do. Told ‘you can’t’, I will show you ‘I can’. I strive on exceeding expectations and preconceptions.
I aspire to live my life with joy and laughter, love and compassion, appreciation and contentment. Nothing is taken for granted. I look for the rainbow in every storm, light in the darkness. the positive in every negative.
I attempt to better understand myself in order to know how low I can fall, and too, how high I can soar. I am learning to have faith and trust in myself, to listen to my intuition and allow myself to be daring, powerful and strong.
Travel has enabled me to witness the bond that extends with a smile, across cultures, borders, classes and religion. It has opened my eyes to both how big and how small the world can be, my ears to the common language of kindness, and my heart to the dreams shared by all across the globe.

On my travels… I’d always find peaceful spots like this to sit and write in my journal


Wealth, for me, is not money or possessions, but adventures, experiences and stories. Through my childhood, my career, my travels, and my adulthood, I am blessedly rich with adventures, experiences and stories.
I am motivated to be brave and courageous in order to inspire, to use my impending blindness to open the eyes of others. Through my creativity and writing, I seek to share my adventures, my experiences, and stories, not only to be a voice for me, but a voice for children like me, all over the world.
I believe I am on the cusp of discovering my true life purpose, if I continue to be led by my intuition and my heart follows, there is no limit to what I can achieve. And this both excites and scares me, in a very good way.

During the course I had an amazing ‘a-ha’ moment…
During the course I had an idea for a new passion project called ‘Sunsets for Kate’ which I feel really excited about. Sunsets are what I’ll miss most if I lose my sight and I realised that if I go blind by the time I’m 50, and I’m fortunate enough to live until I’m 90, I’ll miss out on over 16,275 sunsets. I started thinking about how cool would it be to experience a lifetime of sunsets in the lifetime of my sight by asking people to post sunsets for me on social media.

Watching the sun set at a local lake with my family recently


I love the idea because it gets me out there into the world without being all preachy and ‘look at poor me!’ Hopefully instead it will be a reminder that our sight is precious and that life is never too busy to press pause, look around, and appreciate the beauty in all we see. (NB: you can find out how to get involved in the ‘Sunsets for Kate’ campaign at the end of this article.)

My life has changed…
Before doing the Do What You Love course, I didn’t see myself as inspiring at all. I was unsure about who I was and what I have to offer the world. But with each explorer log my purpose became clearer. It was right there in front of me. I realised I can no longer shy away from myself, my life, and my story. I no longer want to be invisible. The course has helped me to think differently. It’s motivated me to stop playing small, and instead play big.

My hopes and dreams for the future 
At the moment I’m a stay-at-home mum and I still do some design for myself, but returning to the work I used to do would be too difficult. I have lost most of my peripheral vision, and it takes me forever to locate the cursor on the computer screen.So it’s time for something new. In addition to my memoir, and my Sunsets for Kate project, I’m working on an idea I had when I was just 13, before I knew I’d be vision impaired. The dream was to design and illustrate a book for hearing impaired children to read aloud to their classmates on their first day of school to help everyone understand why they are special. Since then, my idea has expanded to incorporate a whole series of books which include those for vision impaired children, and others with special needs.
My ambition is to publish the books my younger self wanted to write. I hope to use my life experiences and all the lessons I’ve learnt along the way to add value to my stories and then share them to help, inspire and comfort others. And I really hope my sunset campaign takes off. I am looking forward to seeing all these beautiful images.


The sunset view from my tent in Croatia – the trip I took to run away from my life


As you know, I’m on a mission to see a lifetime of sunsets before I lose my sight and I’d LOVE you to share your precious sunset pictures with me.
If you’d like to take part in my ‘Sunsets for Kate’ campaign, please email a picture of your most inspiring/beautiful/memorable sunset to [email protected] or upload images to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @sunsetsforkate and #sunsetsforkate and include:

PLUS a sentence about:

  • who you are/what you do for a living
  • where and when the image was taken
  • why you wanted to capture that particular moment

Thank you in advance for sharing and helping me, and others with Usher Syndrome, see as much of the world as possible while we can.

She’s So Inspiring – Kate Morell

I am so excited for the series comeback of “She’s So Inspiring.” So many people have told me how it has been their favourite feature here on the blog, and I have to say, it has certainly been one of mine. The series’ brief breather turned into a long sabbatical and I was beginning to wonder if any time would be the right time to bring back the inspo.

I dillied and I dallied with this sequel to the original series wondering how and where I would find these wonderful women. But you know, a funny thing happened. Once I committed myself to the project, I found amazing women literally all over the place. It’s going to be a joy and privilege to share their stories and I can’t wait for you to meet them.

And if you’re new here and have no idea what’s going on, you’ll want some context.   My life has been touched by some uber amazing women whose passion for life and the way they  choose to live it have really inspired me.  A few years ago, I started the She’s So Inspiring series to showcase these amazing stories because I knew that they would inspire others.  Some of these inspiring women are bloggers, some are not, their lives are all different and  they are all incredibly special. I am so honoured that they are sharing their stories and sprinkling a little bit of their awesome right here. May you be wom-inspired!

Meet Kate Morell.

I’ve never met Kate in real life and only recently “met” her online. I was first introduced to Kate by the lovely Josefa, and as soon as I had I got to the end of this post, I was tappity tapping on my keyboard sending an email to Kate and begging her to be in the series. I’m so pleased she said yes and can’t think of a more inspiring way to start the series.

Kate is not just inspiring in the way she has faced off her own challenges, but in the way she strives to inspire others. She has an amazing way with words and she uses them with such purpose and I’m so pleased she’s sharing them here. Meet Kate, she’s so inspiring!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

When I was fifteen, it was by forty I was told my deafness would become deaf-blindness. Usher syndrome means I was born with hearing loss, and would gradually experience vision loss until I become blind. And there is nothing I can
do about it. I am now forty-five and not yet blind, so winning, but I know I am ‘seeing’ on borrowed time.

A wife and mother of two, I began writing a blog, My dear Angel (and later, From Katie to Kate) when approaching that dreaded age of forty. Depressed and suicidal, no longer able to escape and run away from my diagnosis by traveling, something I once did quite often, writing became my therapy. It was my companion. It was my friend. I wrote through the healing process and slowly my depression lifted. Meanwhile, I sought out a place to belong and found the Usher Syndrome Coalition Blog, and was invited to share my words with them too.

I am now taking those 100,000 plus words written through tears and rewriting them for my memoir. It covers many, many themes. Let’s see; Adoption, Angels, Blind Cane, Bono, Counselling, Cuba, Depression, Faith, Healing, Hearing Impairment, Invisible Disability, Love, Miscarriages, Post Natal Depression, Post Traumatic Shock, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Travel, Usher Syndrome, Vision Impairment, Writing … (big breath) and The Girl in the Blue Dress, my ongoing (and still going) story about trying to find the girl my husband married (I wore a blue dress at my Cuban wedding – I also married in Australia). I am happy to report, there have been appearances, though she does seem to come and go unpredictably. But I have nearly found her.

Tell us 3 things you are and 3 things you’re not. 

I always say see me as me, forget my ears, forget my eyes, please, just for a moment, see me as me. So, I am Kate. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am not Usher syndrome. I am not my ears. I am not my eyes. I am me.

Complete this sentence, ____________________  changed my life. How and why?

Having had a lifetime of life changing moments, I will leave them all for my memoir, and use the very first one from the very first moment of my life. My adoption changed my life. How? Oh, where to begin … some say adoptees suffer from a primal wound from when the relationship between mother and baby,which is physical, psychological and physiological, is disrupted. Why? Being an adoptee is why I began writing and writing is how I made it through all my other life changing moments. Not a sentence … sorry.

What has been life’s greatest lesson?

Don’t keep things in. Don’t bottle things up. If can’t talk about it, write. Write.Write. Write. Not being much of a talker, I tend to leave the talking too late and by then I am just a blubbering mess trying to get out the words. It is much easier to write through the tears than talk through the tears, but my lesson has been to write it all out, before the tears, before it is too late. Writing, I can quite honestly say, has saved my life.

What is your biggest achievement?

My biggest and proudest achievement is all here in this quote from Mark Dunning, founder of the Usher Syndrome Coalition blog. “Kate is a hero to a disenfranchised community of several hundred thousand desperate and frightened people. […] Kate’s honest and deeply personal writing, her willingness to lay open her soul and give voice to her fears, has given countless people the courage to face their condition and hope for the future. Many use her words as a talisman to get through their day and her blog posts are the common language that holds the community together.”

But I am currently doing a little passion project that just might rival that achievement. Thinking how Usher syndrome could possible rob me of 14,610 sunsets if I was to go blind by the time I am fifty, and live to be ninety, I realised I could do something about it. I invited people to share ‘Sunsets for Kate’ so I may experience a lifetime of sunsets in the lifetime of my sight. (Take that Usher syndrome!)

I am immensely proud of this beautiful project and not yet able to put into words just how special it makes me feel to know strangers from all over the world are thinking of me each time they see a sunset. And the awareness it is bringing to Usher syndrome? I am sorry, words fail me right now, I simply cannot describe what I feel as this little project is soaring to new heights every day and both the beauty of sunsets and the kindness of strangers takes my breathe away.

What has been your toughest obstacle and how have you overcome it?

I am resilient, determined, (and can be stubborn and fiercely independent) in the way I don’t let others deter me from what I know I can do. Told ‘you can’t’, I will show you ‘I can’. I strive on exceeding expectations and preconceptions.

Constantly having to prove myself is tiring, but I have quietly but triumphantly smashed through all the barriers imposed on me by others. I once wrote a blog post outlining all the things I have done, just to show others having Usher syndrome is not the barrier so many perceive it to be. I jokingly added at the end of that post, ‘this post will now self-destruct’ as I really do not like to boast. But it is still there … perhaps the one person who needs to read it has not yet seen it.

Viktor Frankl says “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how.” Everyone needs a purpose, what’s yours?

I write to attempt to better understand myself in order to know how low I can fall,and too, how high I can soar. I am learning to have faith and trust in myself, to listen to my intuition and allow myself to be daring, powerful and strong.

Travel has enabled me to witness the bond that extends with a smile, across cultures, borders, classes and religion. It has opened my eyes to both how big and how small the world can be, my ears to the common language of kindness,and my heart to the dreams shared by all across the globe. Wealth, for me, is not money or possessions, but adventures, experiences and stories. Through my childhood, my career, my travels, and my adulthood, I am blessedly rich with adventures, experiences and stories.

I am motivated to be brave and courageous in order to inspire, to use my impending blindness to open the eyes of others. Through my writing, I seek to share my adventures, my experiences, and stories. I believe I am on the cusp of discovering my true life purpose, if I continue to be led by my intuition and my heart follows, there is no limit to what I can achieve. (And this both excites and scares me, in a very good way.)

What are your words to live by?

This surprised me. I tried to think of something wise and meaningful to write … and then I remembered the words I spoke when suffering from post traumatic shock, the second time (another life changing moment story) and depression, the second time (of how many, I have lost count). Words that led me run away from
my life, the second time (I have run away six times), taking with me nothing more than a tent, backpack, an Eastern European and Balkans guidebook, a journal,and the intention to surround myself with people, places and stories of those not as fortunate as me. As a graphic designer, all I did was earn very good money designing marketing material with the purpose to earn very good money for the board and shareholders who earn very good money. To my manager I would exclaim ‘there are starving children in the world, you know’.

I now realise, these are wise and meaningful words that I still live by. I am extremely aware of how fortunate I am. When I first uttered those words, there were no wars being fought at the time. No terrorism. No displaced persons. No asylum seekers. There are still starving children in the world, but now there are millions and millions less fortunate than me. I never want to forget that.

If you could have any mentor, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?

There is a little girl, a fictional character, Marie-Laure in ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr. One line in the book stopped me. I took a moment to take it in, and then write it down. “But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?” I aspire to be like her and in many ways I am. But I think it would be wonderful to have her as my mentor, a little blind girl not letting the dark stop her light.

Many say I am inspiring, but I don’t feel inspiring, I am just being me. And being me just happens to be someone who is hearing impaired, vision impaired and going blind. I too know no other way to be.

If you could play hookie for a day what would be on your list to do?

You know, before marriage and motherhood, I could do this. I was good at this. I would sleep late, walk to a cafe, have breakfast and drink coffee while making my way through the weekend paper … I could not do this now. I miss my little family. I long for time for myself, but when this wish is granted, I am almost paralysed with loneliness. So, can I say, all of the above, with my husband and kids nearby but not bothering me, and with not one mention of the word ‘Mum’?

You give so much to others, what do you do to take care of yourself?

To answer this question I need to switch it around. In order to take care of myself, I need to write. I need to write to understand myself, I need to write to remain mentally sane. I need to write out the negatives in order to find the positives. It is those words that I give to others, and I hope, helps others understand themselves, helps others remain mentally sane, and helps others find the positives. So for me, taking care of myself is writing, and sharing that writing is what I give to others.

Thank you for sharing, Kate.

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Starting A Glamping Business Q&A)

If you missed out on the Energy and Rural Business Show this year, you missed out on some great workshops which provided some highly valuable insight for those looking to diversify their farm business or start-up on their own.

However, all is not lost. We caught up with glamping consultant, Kate Morel, who spoke at the event on her top tips for running a successful glamping site, and got her answers to some of those burning questions.

See also: 10 quirky accommodation ideas

Read on to find out more.

Q. What is your opinion on offering Wi-Fi to glampers?

A. My personal take on this is not to offer Wi-Fi, because the ethos of glamping has always been about connecting people back with nature, and giving them a break from the digital age we have come to rely on. However more guests are asking for it these days and it can be a turn-off if sites don’t offer it.

It also depends on the glamping experience you want to create and the type of audience you are targeting. There is no right or wrong answer to this, it is very much a personal decision and one where your marketing could portray either way as a positive. You have to personally weigh-up the potential loss from not having Wi-Fi available versus the extra bookings you might generate from an often not too costly investment.

Q. Do you think it’s worthwhile keeping couples and families separate on glamping sites?

A.The short answer is yes. Couples and families are like oil and water.

See also: Is the boom in glamping holidays here to stay?

Couples often want privacy which is not easy to deliver with young families also occupying glamping units close by. The two audiences will in general have very different ‘needs,’ and will have chosen to go on a glamping holiday for different reasons and so it’s important to take this into consideration when designing a site.

It doesn’t mean to say you can’t open your site to both audiences, but if you have the space use it to allow distance between your units, creating an experience for all to enjoy. As a bonus, the privacy you create is also something you can potentially charge more for.

Q. We live near to a flight path for a regional airport – would background noise be an issue?

A. Background noise is a common problem in England especially, and can be a problem, but it’s how you market the experience and manage guest expectations here that really matter. When I’m working on a location with potential noise issues like a road or airport, I often recommend installing some sort of feature that creates its own noise, like running water.

Although this doesn’t remove the problem, it can be a great way to minimise background noise to a point where it is not so intrusive.

Q. For existing businesses, it is worthwhile considering glamping as a ‘bolt-on’ offering?

A. Absolutely. For an existing business that has the space to install glamping units, or where offering glamping accommodation would complement an existing business, then this can be a great bolt-on.

See also: Do I need planning permission to start a glamping or camping site?

Installing glamping units can be a very cost-effective option. For a pub or hotel for example, building a new wing, or converting old buildings would require a much higher investment than installing glamping units, which often provide a quick return on investment.

It’s a diversification that not many pubs or hotels have considered, but it has great potential.

Q. For a small glamping site, what are the minimum requirements when it comes to facilities?

A. This all depends on the type of experience you want to create and therefore the guest profile. If you are appealing to couples looking for a special occasion getaway, their expectations of the facilities provided are usually going to be higher than those looking for a place to rest their head on their walking holiday.

In any instance, running water is a ‘must-have’ as a minimum requirement so you can provide washing facilities. The first thing I do on a potential site is look at how we’ll get water to the site, and waste away from it.

Nowadays there are some great shower huts and low-key facilities available that will do the trick for small sites. But think about your demographic and what you want to charge per night as these business decisions will impact how your business will fit into the current market and perform going forward.

Q. Is it important to include disabled facilities?

A. If you possibly can, then yes, I think it is. There are some basic requirements for making a glamping site accessible to those with disabilities, which don’t take a huge amount of doing when you are designing a new site, and this can open up your accommodations to a wider customer base.

I am a great believer that glamping should be an experience that everyone can enjoy and so the more we can do as an industry to support this the better.

There are manufacturers who have and are creating accessible glamping units and so it is worth taking a look at these options if you are looking at installing access-all facilities.

Q. If you are marketing your glamping site as an activity holiday, do all the activities have to be on-site?

Not necessarily. Many of the clients I work with have a skill, hobby or profession which they are able to share with their guests on site, however it can also be beneficial to collaborate with a third party activity provider to offer visitors even more.

It’s worth noting that to offer tourism packages you would have to have a special operator’s license, however there is nothing stopping you working with local companies to pass business their way. If you’re able to establish a commission-based relationship with them, then even better.

If you still have a question about glamping, then visit www.katemorel.com for advice and www.morelcompany.co.uk for glamping planning, design and build enquiries.


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State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine


Los Angeles, CA

Danielle Martin, MD

Medical School

Frank H Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University


Stamford, CT

Leanne Ondreicka, MD

Medical School

University of Massachusetts Medical School


Sutton, Massachusetts

Aladeyemi Osho, MD

Medical School

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine


Brooklyn, NY

Pavithra Vijayakumar, MD

Medical School

Yale School of Medicine


New Haven, Connecticut

Kathryn Voss, MD

Medical School

Albany Medical College


Rochester, NY

Willow sculpture at Larkswold


An incredibly popular craft at the moment. Come away with a hare or heron for your house or garden – and in November & December workshops you will make a stunning Stags Head!

Kate Morell has held a few fabulous workshops at Larkswold, and we are always excited to see her back again.

The workshops are relaxed and friendly and a light lunch is provided plus as many drinks and slices of freshly baked cake as you require throughout the day. Kate will take you through the process of weaving your chosen subject and will help you to achieve it in the time given so everyone goes home with a finished sculpture.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What’s included in the price?

Everything you need to make your willow sculpture and refreshments.

Read more …


Melinda Nicholds-Brown
at Larkswold


Station House
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Kate Morell – Travelling from light to dark — Team Women Australia

“I’m now closer to fifty and still not quite blind, so yay me, I’m winning! But I didn’t always feel this way. Forty year old me hit rock bottom, spectacularly, but when counselling didn’t seem to be helping me out of that dark place, I realised the only person who was going to save me was me.”

Meet the courageous Kate Morell, a writer and mother-of-two, living with two invisible disabilities.

As a young hearing impaired girl, Kate had a dream, when she could, to be a voice and inspiration for kids just like her. She didn’t then know she would be vision impaired and going blind. Diagnosed with Usher syndrome when fifteen years old, the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness with more than 400,000 affected worldwide, Kate was told to expect to be blind by forty. There currently is no cure.

Never before a writer, Kate daringly created a blog and in a raw and brutally honest first post, shared details of the moment she thought would be her last, when she had declared she would rather be dead than blind. Kate wrote as if her life depended on it, and it did, and through the healing power of owning her story, not only did Kate save herself, she discovered her true passion and life purpose. 

While searching for where she could belong, not quite fitting in the hearing impaired community as she was not just hearing impaired, and not quite fitting in the vision impaired community as she was not just vision impaired, Kate discovered the Usher syndrome community, and began writing for their international blog too.

“Kate Morell is a hero to a disenfranchised community of several hundred thousand desperate and frightened people. Kate’s honest and deeply personal writing for the Usher syndrome blog, her willingness to lay open her soul and give voice to her fears, has given countless people the courage to face their condition and hope for the future. It is hard to overstate the positive impact she has had.”

Mark Dunning, Founder/Chairman Usher Syndrome Coalition.

In 2014, based on writing from her blog, Kate won a Write-ability Fellowship (for writers with disability from Writers Victoria) and it was her mentor who suggested she should write a memoir.

“This is a compelling text with a raw, uncomplicated, clear voice. You convey the complexity of living with diagnosis, of living with transformative physical change and of the passing as able-bodied.”

Antoinette Holm, mentor.

As well as working on her memoir manuscript, Kate created two awareness campaigns, the first being ‘Ushering Kate’, when she came out to the world with her two disabilities, and her passion project of three years, ‘Sunsets for Kate’. 

“Although there is nothing I can do about Usher syndrome, I can take back from it something it would take from me. A lifetime of sunsets. And I can take the fight it has instilled in me to raise awareness and use my impending blindness to open the eyes of others, one sunset at a time. A friend once said my little project has grown wings. It has! It’s soaring, like a bird, flying across the globe, introducing me to places I have never known, and friends I have never met. It has taught me that if you own your story, if you reach out for help, you might just be surprised who will reach back out to help and share their story with you.”

Over 10,000 sunsets have been shared with Kate, and she says you can never have too many sunsets! On days that she feels a little blue, she simply scrolls through #SunsetsForKate and cannot help being overwhelmed with gratitude.

“It has been quite a trip for me since being diagnosed with Usher syndrome at fifteen. As I lose my sight, traveling from light to dark, I am finding this journey is harder than I ever thought it would be. Yes, I took the long path, with many breakdowns, rest stops and detours, and at times completely in the wrong direction. Then I found myself on the right path, which led me to where I stand now. I think I can finally say to my younger self, the dream to be a voice and inspiration for kids just like me, I am ready. I am finally ready to chase her dream. That is my true passion and my life purpose.”

If you would like to take part in Sunsets for Kate, upload your most inspiring or memorable sunset to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #sunsetsforkate or Kate’s website .

Kelsey Morell – Women’s Lacrosse

2012: One of six Tigers to start all 18 games … Ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 16 goals … Also tied for fifth with seven assists and finished sixth with 23 points … Scored multiple goals on five occasions, including a pair during the 18-8 victory over Birmingham-Southern College in a semifinal game of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship … Recorded a season-high three points three times … The Tigers were 15-1 when she had a point and 11-1 when she recorded a point … Set a career high with 12 ground balls … Tied her single-game high with three ground balls in the 9-8 victory over Mount Holyoke College.

2011: Played in all 16 games, including 14 as a starter … Was second on the team with 13 assists, tied for sixth with 26 points and tied for ninth with 13 goals, all of which were career highs … Tied for second on the team and fourth in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a pair of game-winning goals … Scored the deciding goal in the 13-7 victory over the College of Wooster and in the 21-15 regular-season win over Centre College … Tied for third in SCAC with three man-up goals and tied for fourth at 0.94 assists per game … Set single-game highs with four assists and seven points during the 16-2 victory against Adams State College in the first game of the season.

2010: Appeared in four games … Struck for a pair of goals during the 15-6 victory at Fort Lewis College … Scored once and added an assist in the 13-2 win against Morrisville State College … Had a pair of draw controls during the 15-7 victory at the University of Redlands.

2009: Appeared in 10 of 15 games, including five as a starter … Tied for eighth with four assists, 11th with 10 points and 12th with six goals … Recorded season highs of four goals, two assists and six points during the 14-1 victory at Fort Lewis College … Scored her the first game-winning goal of her career against the Skyhawks.

Before Colorado College: Played lacrosse and field hockey at Fox Lane High school in Bedford, NY … Earned all-league and all-section honors in lacrosse during her the final three seasons of her prep career … Named captain of the lacrosse team during her junior and senior seasons.


Career Statistics





























































Single-Game Highs



Opponent (Date/Most Recent)




at Fort Lewis College (April 5, 2009)

W; 14-1



Adams State College (March 4, 2011)

W; 16-2



Adams State College (March 4, 2011)

W; 16-2



2 times (Frostburg State; March 21, 2012)

W; 17-5

Ground Balls


2 times (Mount Holyoke College; March 18, 2012)

W; 9-8

Draw Controls


2 times (at University of Dallas; March 10, 2012)

W, 16-1

Caused Turnovers


4 times (at Ohio Wesleyan University; April 19, 2012)

W; 18-6



90,000 Francis Fisher Actual Biography

Frances Fisher (English Frances Fisher , born May 11, 1952) is an American actress of British descent, best known for her roles as Alice in Clint Eastwood’s western “Unforgiven” (1992) and mother of Rose Dewitt Bukater in the disaster movie James Titanic (1997).

Frances Fisher was born in the village of Milford-on-Sea on the south coast of England in 1952 to a family of a construction worker and a housewife. Fisher’s father, who worked in the oil refining industry, was forced to change their place of residence because of work, and therefore the family moved from place to place nine times, eventually settling in the United States in the state of Texas.After leaving school, Fisher worked for some time as a secretary, and then, leaving her parental home, she moved to Virginia in the city of Abingdon, where she made her debut as an actress on the stage of the local theater.

In 1976, Frances Fisher first appeared on television in the soap opera “End of the Night”, in which she played the role of detective Deborah Saxon for the next five years. Then, for ten years, she was mainly active in the theater, performing on stages in New York, as well as many cities across the east coast of the United States.In 1991, she played the role of Lucille Ball in the successful television movie Lucy and Daisy: Laughter Ahead.

On the big screen, Fisher has appeared less often, and some of her most famous film roles were Alice in Clint Eastwood’s western “Unforgiven” (1992) and Ruth Dewitt Bukater, Rose’s mother, in James Cameron’s blockbuster “Titanic” (1997).

From 1989 to 1995, the actress met with Clint Eastwood, and the result of their relationship was the birth of her daughter Francesca Ruth Fisher-Eastwood.

Francis Fisher is currently on the Screen Actors Guild’s National Board of Directors.

Fischer will co-star in the TV series Resurrection, which will air on ABC in the 2013-2014 season.

Partial filmography

1983 900


037 1990




Year Russian name Original name Role
1976-1981 s On the threshold of night Edge of Night Detective Deborah Saxon
1985 s Guiding Light Guiding Light Suzette Saxon
1989 s Newhart Newhart Libby
Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? Louise
1986-1987 s Equalizer Equalizer Francesca / Amanda Kaufmann
1987 TF Broken Vows Broken Vows
1987 f Tough Guys Don’t Dance Tough Guys Don’t Dance Jessica Pond
1987 f Heart Heart Jeannie
1988 f Patty Hearst Patty Hearst Yolanda
1988 f Bum Rap Bum Rap Phillies
1988 s Roseanne Savannah
1989 s Midnight Heat In the Heat of the Night Keith Morell
1989 s Matlock 6 Nancy Proctor
1989 s Summer Stage CBS CBS Summer Playhouse Violet Coffin
1989 f Pink Cadillac Pink Cadillac Dina

1989 f Lost Angels Lost Angels Judith Loftis
1989 TF Cruel City Cold Sassy Tree Loma Williams
TF Judge and Simpson Sudie and Simpson Mrs. Marge Allen
1990 TF Keep the Promise A Promise to Keep Sarah
1990 f Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael Rochelle Bocetti
1991 s Young Riders Young Riders
1991 F Los Angeles Story L.A. Story June
1991 TF Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughtery Lucille Ball
1991 f Failed stand Frame Up Joe Westlake
1992 f Unforgiven Unforgiven Alice
1992 tf Devlin
1993 s Law & Order Law & Order Susan Boyd
1993 TF 50ft Woman Attack Attack of the 50 Ft.Woman Dr. Theodora
1993 f Praying Mantis Praying Mantis Batty
1994 f Baby Fever Baby Rosey

1994 f Molly & Gina Molly & Gina Molly
1994 f Sweep Your Tracks Frame-Up II: The Cover-Up Joe
1995 TF Other Mother Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie Carol
1995-1996 s Strange Luck Strange Luck Angie
1995 F Lucky Stars over Henrietta Stars Fell on Henrietta Cora Dey
1995 f Whiskey Heir Whiskey Heir Deirdre
1996 Perversion Female Perversions Annunciata
1996 f Striptease Striptease Donna Garcia
1997 f Wild America America Wild 9000
1997 f No brakes Do Me a Favor librarian
1997 f Titanic Titanic Ruth DeWitt Buke yter
1999 s Beyond the Possible Outer Limits Lady Julia
1999-2000 s Brand Recipe Becker Dr. Elizabeth Carson
2001 s X Files X Files Lizzie Gill
2004 f Laws of attraction Laws of attraction Sara Miller
2005 s Ambulance ER Helen
2006 s Grey’s Anatomy Gray’s Anatomy Betty Johnson (Season 2 Episode 24)
2009 s 900 38

The Mentalist The Mentalist Victoria Edner (Season 2 Episode 5)
2011 f Roommate The Roommate Rebecca’s mother
2012 f Now or never Any Day Now Judge Meyerson
2013 f Guest The Host Maggie Strider
2013 c Resurrection Lucille Garland
2013 f Plush Plush

St. Petersburg | Dynasty star Kate O’Mara passed away

On Sunday, March 30, British actress Kate O’Mara died.She was 74 years old.

According to Reuters, the star of the series “Dynasty” died in a nursing home in Sussex (UK) after a short illness.


Keith O’Mara is an actress of cinema, theater and television. She is known all over the world as a performer of one of the main roles in the American TV series “Dynasty”, which was very popular in the 1980s. The Briton played Caressa Morell, the insidious sister of one of the main characters.

The actress also starred in such famous television series as Doctor Who and The Life of the Howards. In total, she has appeared in over 50 television series and films.

O’Mara married three times and divorced three times. She had two sons, one of whom committed suicide in 2013.


The son of the famous British star from the TV series “Dynasty” hanged himself in the garage

Deacon O’Mara’s body hung in the garage for three weeks before a neighbor found him.He decided to end his life on New Year’s Eve, a few days before his 50th birthday. It turned out that the man lived in this garage secretly for several months after a quarrel with his mother, who could no longer endure his behavior (read below)

This material was published on the BezFormata website on January 11, 2019,
below is the date when the material was published on the original site!

More news about event:

The star of the TV series “Dynasty” dies in a nursing home

British actress Kate O’Marra, 74 years old, died on March 30 in a nursing home in Sussex.
12:57 03/31/2014 St. Petersburg Diary – St. Petersburg

Dynasty star Kate O’Mara passed away

On Sunday, March 30, British actress Kate O’Mara died. She was 74 years old.
22:37 03/30/2014 Komsomolskaya Pravda – St. Petersburg

Kate O’Mara / Kate O’Mara

Keith O’Mara (real name Francis M.Carroll), British film, theater and television actress
Born on August 10, 1939, in Leicester, UK
Perhaps best known for her role
Cress Morell, the scheming sisters of Alexis Colby from the primetime king of 1980s American television – tv series
The dynasty although played the roles of other villains, such as Reni in Doctor
and Laura Wilde in yet another soap opera Howard’s Way .

Personal life

Born into the family of John F.Carroll and actress Hazel Bainbridge (1910-1998). Her
younger sister is actress Belinda Carroll. After boarding school, Ayda-Foster attended art school before becoming a professional actress. Outside
marriage, her son Chris Lind was born, from whose adoption she was forced
refuse; however, she was later reunited with him. She also has a second son
Deacon Young. She was married and divorced three times. Strict vegetarian and protector
animal rights.

O’Mara made his stage debut in the production of The Merchant of Venice in 1963.Her early television appearances were “guest” roles (the role of the second
plan for 1-2 episodes) in the famous British TV series of the 1960s Dangerous
, Adam Adamant is alive! , Saint (pictured below),

with Roger Moore in the series Saint

Cars Z and Avengers . In 1970
she starred in two Hammer horror films – Vampire Lovers and Horror
.In 1975 she had a recurring role in the BBC drama series
Brothers .

In the early 1980s, O’Mara starred in the BBC soap opera Triangle . V
In 1985, she played Rani in episode of Doctor Who titled Rani Sign .

Rani Sign (1985)

1986 played Cress Morrell in the American TV series Dynasty .

Playing sister
Alexis Colby (Joan Collins), O’Mara starred in 17 episodes of the sixth season and 4
episodes of the seventh.

With Joan Collins

After returning to the UK in 1987, she played in
the second story about Doctor Who Time and Rani . In 1989 she was chosen for the role
another insidious villain – Laura Wilde from the BBC soap opera Way

O’Mara continued to participate in various TV shows throughout the 1990s.
years, including in Cluedo and You cannot forbid living beautifully .In 2001,
she had a minor role in the prison drama “ITV” – TV series Bad Girls , before appearing
in the soap opera revived for a short time Crossroads .
She continued to perform on stage, and in March 2008 she played the role of Marlene
Dietrich in a play called Lunch with

From August to November 2008, she played Mrs. Cheveley in the play
Oscar Wilde Ideal Husband
directed by Peter Hall and produced by Kenwright Bill.O’Mara has also participated in radio and audio performances. In 2000, she repeated
her role as Rani in the BBV audio play Rani Reaps the Storm, and in 2006 she made an appearance as
guest in the comedy radio series The Nebula .


O’Mara has written four books: two short stories with a fictional plot When she was bad (ISBN 0261667157) and The girl of easy virtue (ISBN 0002242915) and two autobiographical books The seducer is not ready yet (ISBN 186 7008) : Woman’s Outfit for Survival
(ISBN 0283060573).

Source: Wikipedia

Filmography Hammer:

The Governess (Madame Perrodo) in Vampire Lovers (1970)

Alice in Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

In the television series Department S (1969)

Informational special operation

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell said on CBS that the Iranians helped the Shiites in Iraq to kill Americans, and also called for a massacre of Russians in Syria.The logic is as follows: let them eat what we Americans ate.

After such a strong statement, there are many questions for Mr. Morell. Personally, I have two: with whom then did the Americans actually fight in Iraq and with whom are they now fighting in Syria? After all, in fact, the retired intelligence officer admitted that the United States was not fighting terrorists.

And the statement sounds like envy, which can be understood. The Americans did not receive the expected support for their actions in Iraq. They went home in disgrace, without showing how they know how to establish peace in foreign countries.

Mr. Morell, who suddenly remembered the past merits of his country, should also remember that it was thanks to the actions of the Americans that ISIS arose in Iraqi Mosul, which only then spread to Syria and which Shiites and Russians are now fighting against. But with whom the Americans are fighting is decidedly unclear.

Is the deputy director of the CIA, publicly calling for the killing of Russians in Syria, an ally of ISIS? It turns out that way. It turns out that the very department in which he worked and which he represents supports ISIS.

The State Department, of course, hastened to disown Morell’s words. It can be seen how clearly and smoothly the information warfare system works. First, an opinion is announced, then it is promoted to a global scale, but at the same time it is presented as a private opinion.

After all, a retired tseerushnik is an unofficial person, therefore, the statement has no legal force, which means that the United States will not have to take a hit at a high state level. This is a very common practice.

That’s right, but I’m sorry.Everyone understands perfectly well that a person who was in the intelligence service, who held a very high position in his department, possesses some information, and therefore signed some documents obliging him to behave appropriately in retirement.

Intelligence is intelligence in any country. And it doesn’t matter how developed the freedom of speech is. The deputy director of the CIA, although a former one, cannot make such a statement on the air if it has not been previously agreed.Moreover, most likely, he was asked to make this statement. To participate, so to speak, in an informational special operation.

There are no former CIA agents.

* The activities of the organization are prohibited in Russia by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

The son of the star of the TV series “Dynasty” committed suicide – RBK

Deacon O’Mara, the son of the famous English actress and star of the television series “Dynasty” Kate O’Mara, committed suicide.The body of a 49-year-old man hung in the garage for several weeks before being found, writes the Daily Mail.

Photo: Global Look Press

The incident took place in December last year, but only now the investigation found out the details of the tragedy and made them public.

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