How it begins

Happy New Year…if you’re into that sort of thing. I am usually not, in fact I would love for it to be just another turn of the calendar, so that we can be rid of the self-defeating notion that by simply wishing to be better, healthier, slimmer, more well read and/or having climbed more mountains,…

Charity begins wherever you want it to.

Many years ago I read an article, you know the sort, the ones that you wish you had bookmarked because now you can’t find them again? In this article someone was setting up a charity, I forget what it was fighting for or against, but she had a very definite outcome in mind. So much…

Booky books

As requested, by the long distance person who is allowed to demand anything she likes as long as she promises to one day tell me the secrets of the unheated basement apartment, here are my latest book recommendations. I still have not been able to read any fiction, which is most annoying, but I think…

‘Respect Yourself’ or flipping off trump, flippantly.

I’ll start with the proviso that I do not believe that self respect is the same as self esteem or narcissism. Self respect comes from the belief in your own worth, based on honour, courage, honesty and all the good qualities you want from not just yourself but the people you surround yourself with. Self…

Dipping a toe back in after the other shoe has dropped…

Morning All. The ‘dipping a toe back in’ bit is obvious I suspect, can I string a coherant sentence together after communicating in barely more than grunts for the past 6 months? Well that’s for others to judge I suppose. ‘After the other shoe has dropped’ is a little more involved. Apparently waiting for the…

The humorous take on things

I have always thought that humour, clever, sharp, pitiless humour, aimed upwards towards those with power and privilege is an effective weapon, often as effective as violence which tends to beget more of the same. (Right now though, after hundreds of years of murder and abuse, anger is most certainly justified…as is making jokes at…

On a buzzier note

I recently read a list of 68 pieces of advice, written by Kevin Kelly upon his 68 birthday (here). While not all of them resonate with me “A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how ignorant you were a year earlier” did. I think…

One last rant (until the next rant)

I have never wanted this blog to be a political one, but social justice issues are important to me, so I suspect there will always be an element of politics in whatever I say. I have also been reading a lot of lists lately – so here’s mine: Black Lives Matter. No if’s, no but’s,…

Mornin’ All

How to begin? I have been feeling… The world is now full of…. It has all been a bit much recently. I am also REALLY tired of hearing about and thinking about how it has all been a bit much recently. So I have avoided writing anything more than a short shopping list or desperately…

Dipping a toe

I follow blogs from wonderful writers (a couple of them are here and here). People who have been published and those who haven’t, and it doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference to me which is which. I read all the fiction they allow to be posted with interest and enjoyment. As a child all…