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Refilled

34 Comments 10 February 2014

December and January are dark, dark months for me. Not only are they the months on either side of the winter solstice, which means, in solar terms, they are the darkest months in the Northern Hemisphere, they are bleak, dreary, difficult months for the right hemisphere of my brain. Or maybe I mean my mind. […]

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Join me for a Sport Relief Coffee Morning?

8 Comments 13 January 2014

One of the many things the British do well is creative fundraising for charities. It’s a thing they love to do. I usually quietly set up my direct debits to chosen charities, or drop the pound coins into rattling buckets at the entrance to the grocery store, or sponsor a school child on a walk […]

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Boldly go into this New Year

8 Comments 31 December 2013

I have rarely spent New Years Eve at a party or out in the cold watching fireworks over a big city. One year we hosted a 12-course meal for our family, stretching across midnight with a course of sparkling drink as the clock struck 12. It was fun, but kind of hard work. I would […]

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Everyone should have one good photo

14 Comments 15 November 2013

Every photo, whether touched up or not is only ever one split second of you. You’re always changing, moving, blushing, growing, ageing, sighing, laughing, and blinking. Take a lot of photos. Choose the right one. Keep it. Put it on display or tuck it in an envelope to pull out every now and then to […]

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Where I Live Linky has a summer holiday!

6 Comments 09 July 2013

It’s summer! My daughter’s school finished last Friday and since then we’ve had a great few days with family, going into London, horse riding–even fit in some chill out time yesterday afternoon when we lay a blanket in the dappled shade and read, ate watermelon, played with Raffy and simply did not rush for anything. […]

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Think no one can take good photos of you?

8 Comments 05 July 2013

Aging. She and I have a love/hate relationship. She must love me because she spends so much time on me; I hate her because she spends so much time on me. I would rather age than not (you know the chirpy ol’ saying “growing old is better than the alternative!“), and with age comes wisdom […]

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Forty-three is a good age for a blue rinse

51 Comments 14 March 2013

Ever since I worked in a charity and a pretty girl with a dark brown bob and a magenta streak in her hair came to work with us for a day I have wanted to have hair like hers. But I have fretted. I told someone at the time that I wanted to do it […]

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Further evidence that multitasking is bad

9 Comments 24 January 2013

…disguised as another rant about customer service. I was in Accessorize (a British shop selling accessories) recently, buying a necklace for a friend’s birthday. I walked up to the counter to pay. There was no queue and the manager was at the till. I knew she was the manager by the way she was speaking […]

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Exhausted by yee-haw

8 Comments 10 January 2013

Hello again! How were the holidays for you? Busy as usual for me. I always feel a bit guilty in January that I sigh with relief when routines have started again. I’m not crazy about routines, it’s the regular, steady pace that I crave: a predictable schedule where I can find time to just be. […]

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So how did you do?

4 Comments 17 October 2012

With practicing Mindfulness, I mean. Remember a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on why Multitasking is Bad Stuff and encouraged people to try Mindfulness for a week with me? I know some of you did it, how did it work for you? It was completely fantastic for me! When I did it. […]

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Not what you might expect: ONE

5 Comments 02 October 2012

Some of the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed I have a badge on my sidebar that says I’m a ONEMum.  It’s surprisingly interesting, so read on. Oh, and there’s a giveaway at the end! When I was growing up in Oklahoma we had lots of sweet potatoes. Usually, we just had them baked in […]

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Why Multitasking is bad stuff

11 Comments 25 September 2012

I have a challenge for you. First, some background: Spinning Plates is Stupid. I was talking to a good friend of mine over coffee and we decided that the whole Women Multitask to be more Effective thing is a myth. I am fairly rubbish at spinning plates. Ok, we can multitask, as pretty much anyone […]

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Why do I support ParalympicsGB?

2 Comments 04 September 2012

You already know I went to the Olympics and loved it. I am not sport mad but it was pretty amazing on several levels. Last week I was given tickets by British Airways to attend the Paralympics and I wondered if it would be different. When I arrived, there were the same massive crowds, the […]

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Cake is good for the soul

5 Comments 25 August 2012

One day very recently I was making a stew and my (step)daughter was making brownies. The stew needed crusty bread and I forgot to get any, or start early enough to make any (the original plan). So while the stew was stewing I popped along to Tescos. Whether it was the smell of the brownies […]

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Why you need the British Tea Ceremony

7 Comments 30 July 2012

We’ve all heard about Japanese tea ceremonies, and we have a vague concept of lots of specific aspects or parts to the experience. I researched it for an article I once wrote. The tea ceremony, or The Way of Tea, is meant to help us to do away with the discrimination that the ordinary mind […]

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Have you heard about the Black Dog Tribe?

22 Comments 16 July 2012

  I have something cool to tell you about. I do not suffer from extreme mental health issues but I have had dark days, difficult times, and panic attacks like many of us. Mental health issues, whether big or small, whether chronic and long lasting or relatively brief flare-ups when things get a bit much […]

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