Posted on 6:01pm Sunday 27th May 2012
Words are potent! Words are powerful symbols of communication. Human history and culture has largely been recorded by way of the spoken and written word, and storytelling has played an integral part of human existence. People make sense of their own lives through the stories of others. From the medieval days of travelling troubadours to the present day columns in celebrity magazines and rhyming lyrics of rappers, stories have served to illuminate our deepest desires, highlighting our hopes and fears, embodying our flares of anger and the flames of our passion.
Posted on 2:15pm Monday 9th April 2012
Have you ever asked yourself why it is that you to chose to be some place in preference to others? Why you feel drawn to gaze at certain landscapes, to explore the hills and dales of your seemingly random choice of homeland or holiday destination?
Posted on 9:01am Tuesday 21st February 2012
Picture this: a mellow, Sunday morning walk on a deserted beach. Breathing in the fresh air, lightly scented with seaweed; watching the dogs splashing in the salty surf. A welcome warp of peace and relaxation, in a week of emotional demands and tense decisions. Bliss!
Posted on 4:22pm Monday 13th February 2012
The first six weeks or so of this year have been imbued with the essence of patience for me. Doing nothing, whilst waiting for others to do something has, in fact, shown me that even when you remain perfectly still there will still be circles of movement around you.
Posted on 10:04am Wednesday 21st April 2010
How do you score on the FT (Frustration Tolerance) Index?
Posted on 10:00am Tuesday 12th January 2010
The way I see it, there are three types of New Year’s resolutions, 1. The desire, or a vague idea to change something in some way 2. The decision to break a habit or change old behaviour 3. The intention to create a new habit or develop a new skill Vague resolutions such as to ‘be more healthy’, ‘take more exercise’, ‘lose weight’, or ‘get a better job’ need to be given the smart treatment. If they are ever going to progress past the wistful stage, they need to be: S pecific M easurable A achievable (or agreed, if planned in conjunction with someone else) R ealistic T ime bound For example, if wanting to lose weight or change your body shape, firstly ask yourself WHY? This will help you to clarify and strengthen your intention in your own mind. When you are clear about what you want, others are more likely to be able and inclined to help you.
Posted on 9:56am Monday 28th September 2009
Last night as I lay quietly in bed, a whole load of noise and action was playing out in my head. At one point it got so loud I wondered if it would wake up the dogs and set them off barking. However, it didn’t and eventually all the palaver settled down and one of my last thoughts, just before I dropped off to sleep was that the saying ‘we come into this world alone; therefore it is natural for us to leave it alone’ isn’t quite true.
Posted on 10:43am Monday 14th September 2009
Yesterday I played the odd -one -out game.
Posted on 9:56am Friday 4th September 2009
Take two flagging forty-somethings; a pair of sprightly seventy-year-olds; add a silent teen(r)ager and one busy, bubbly seven year old… place them all in close proximity without TV for a week, and what do you get?
Posted on 3:48pm Saturday 25th July 2009
Way back, when I was in sixth form studying English literature, one thing I remember very clearly is the attitude of my teacher to creative writing. When someone asked her if she wrote her own ‘stuff’, she announced rather proudly that if she couldn’t write as well as Shakespeare, she thought it best not to write at all.