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Causeway

My grandma lived on an island and the only way to reach her cottage was over a long causeway. But every childhood visit was heightened by the expectation of making it across. High tide, bad weather, jellyfish blooms-well not really but in my imagination they swarmed-rendered crossing the causeway impassable as it lay beneath the… Continue reading Causeway

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Sage

Okay. This is my first blog in a long time and I'm doing something I don't usually do and posting without drafting first. This is a bit intense-sort of like public speaking without practicing but if I don't do it I never will. I probably wouldn't advise this as a long term public platform strategy… Continue reading Sage

New Writer Thoughts, Thinking About, Thoughts for a day., Writing ideas

'The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.' Auguste Rodin This quote is so simple and beautiful I wanted to share it. It is a reminder to be present not bystanders in our lives. Our lives are always see-sawing, trying to balance, to find equilibrium and sometimes we… Continue reading

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There Are No Words

There Are No Words Four chunks of letters strung together Four beads of meaning that tell us there is nothing to say There are no words for some things The place beneath language beneath hope Why bother to describe the hollow of despair The home of things too unbearable to bear So, in their absence… Continue reading There Are No Words

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The Lotus Effect

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Cambodia. A long-held dream to visit Angkor Wat and the mighty temple complexes was realised. I came away with my head full of images and stories and truths of a civilisation so sophisticated it staggered me. Along the way I was also swept up in local tours… Continue reading The Lotus Effect

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‘A smile is the beginning of peace.’ Mother Teresa

Are you feeling turbulent? Out of sorts. Not at ease. We all go through those hours, days, weeks or even longer when we just feel like we can’t get it together. No matter how hard we try our tummies churn and our minds leap between self-doubt and disaster. For many years I’ve tried to fight… Continue reading ‘A smile is the beginning of peace.’ Mother Teresa

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The Dangers of Busy Work

“Procrastination is the thief of time.” Edward Young Procrastination is a sneaky thing and you can find yourself doing it without even realising. We all have things we are putting off and I’m giving myself a bit of a shake down because I know I’m procrastinating. When I got my first teaching contract the class… Continue reading The Dangers of Busy Work

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Positive Reflection

The end of the year is often a time for self-reflection. We can all be super critical of ourselves and while analysis of what we didn’t do can move us forward it can also pull us down. So in pursuit of optimism and to see 2016 out with a bang instead of a fizzle, I’ve… Continue reading Positive Reflection

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Power of Poetry

Choose The single clenched fist lifted and ready, Or the open asking hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.  By Carl Sandburg I love this poem. In fact I love the collection it comes from; Staying Alive-real poems for unreal times. Sometimes when things are getting a bit too… Continue reading Power of Poetry

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Are you paying attention? Trying to develop that mindfulness habit…

  Trying to start, let alone maintain, any new habit isn't easy. Good habits are tough to develop and bad ones are even harder to break. So with that said I've recently begun a Mindfulness and Meditation course to quieten my mind and help me better manage my anxiety. So what actually is mindfulness? Like… Continue reading Are you paying attention? Trying to develop that mindfulness habit…