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…

It CAN be done

A while ago I decided to start avoiding the ‘news’ (or whatever passes for it nowadays) and critics. I was growing tired of having to constantly defend my brain against fake news, pointlessly vicious criticisms and sometimes the outright lies spewed onto my screen, all in the name of keeping up with what’s going on….

Recommendations from the End Of The Road

Last weekend was my final music festival of the year.  As I have previously mentioned I much prefer music festivals to holidays sitting by a pool.  This year I didn’t take as many photos in an effort to enjoy what was in front of my face, instead of what would look pretty on a screen,…

Sometimes thinking about it is enough…and sometimes it is not

I bang on rather a lot about trying to see things from other people’s points of view. It’s something I try to do because there’s always the chance I’ll learn something new or find out I was wrong and change my thinking, and I truly believe that the only way humanity will get through the…

Healthy distractions

Many years ago I was a smoker.  Not a heavy one, I felt sick after about 10 or 15 cigarettes per day, but it was still a very difficult habit to kick and it was ridiculously expensive, even back then, especially at a time when I had very little money.  I failed to quit many,…