Recently a few people have asked what they should call me. Is it Mara or *******. They were hearing people call me both and weren’t sure what was going on. So at the risk of blowing my cover I thought I’d put a short little explanation up.
Mara is not my legal name. It’s the other one. However, I use it online a lot. This is because of an incident a few years ago. I work with teenagers, including boys, and obviously there is a need for boundaries. Unfortunately I had the misfortune to be an object of fixation for a particularly trouble young man.
As part of that fixation he started cyber stalking me. It was a very upsetting episode and eventually led to the involvement of social services to help sort this young man out. I suppose I should add that he was autistic and this was all part of his condition rather than him being evil or anything like that. Anyway I was advised to consider steps to protect myself from it happening again. One of the steps I decided was appropriate was to use a different name.
I chose Mara as it has meaning to me and I think it’s a lovely name. Believe it or not it’s actually more common than my legal name. So in conclusion you can call me either name, I’ll answer to both.
Now since all that was rather serious how about a pretty picture? These are some beautiful orchids I found in the glass houses at Cambridge Botanic Gardens. I wish I had the skill and know how to grow orchids…… They tend to die if I so much as look at them.