Living before dying

This isn’t supposed to be a morbid post, but it does talk about death so it might be worth avoiding if that’s a topic that pains you. When I think about my own death I try to make it about practicalities rather than wallowing in how dreadful it will be for the rest of the…

This months books

Whilst it is VERY easy to let everyday life distract you from the things you enjoy, as well as the stuff that is good for you, it is important to make time for non-productive, non-money making, non-thinky stuff. That is easier said than done but the benefits, once you’ve tried it a few times, become…

The perils of being an animal lover

A pigeon hit my living room window a short while ago so I went outside to look for a body but there wasn’t one. Then I saw a stunned pigeon hiding out underneath my fuchsia bushes. It is breathing alright, its wings are not bent at weird angles and its eyes are blinking (from what…

Today

I had a post scheduled for today, instead I’m doing the tiniest thing possible. Striking. Tomorrow I will do more…

Nothing is unending

I have read the title of this post as a quote from Epicurus, however I can only find one reference, so I’m not putting much faith in him actually having said it, but that doesn’t make it any less true.  That is the joy of a good quote – it doesn’t really matter who said…

Experiment Update

About 6 months ago I decided to stop reading the news.  Up to that point I had been a frequent visitor to the BBC website and it had become a significant part of my morning routine. I made the decision to stop because having to read one-sided articles, about horrendous things I could do nothing…

Overly Ambitious

I recently had to write a paragraph about myself, for a Who’s Who type thing at work. I ended it with the line ‘she also enjoys getting lost in a good book and taking on overly ambitious DIY projects’. I think ‘enjoy’ may have been too strong a word. My DIY adventures began years ago,…

Terrible, lovely photos, for which I apologise…

These photos really are bad.  The lighting is bad.  The angles are bad.  The quality is bad.  But they are meaningful to me and, of the thousand words that a picture can convey, most of them evoke feelings I cherish. Starting with the worst: This was taken at twilight, with an iPhone, through a window,…

Thinking is hard work (and so it should be…)

This post should have been titled ‘Shades of Grey’ but that phrase has been ruined by a terrible book about an abusive relationship, written by someone with no concept of what informed consent is.  However, it IS about the shades of grey that comprise Real Life. As with everyone who uses the internet (I imagine)…

If you’re listening…

I recently enquired of a trusted partner in crime whether or not the NSA would start following my blog if I wrote a post slagging off ‘president’ trump.  The answer I got back was “They already do, and they’d like to see more recipes” so in an attempt to satisfy my audience, no matter how…