I guess that all through life there are boundaries and barriers that are put in place to keep us safe. Practical people must shake off barriers when they are problem solving. I struggled for a long while to fix my gate latch a few months back, but my son, who is both practical and a […]
Inspiration comes from the oddest places. I was sitting watching The Simpsons this evening and Lisa, who is often embarrassed by her father, ended up by realising the good things he had done for her. In the end, she recognised how often he had gone to events that he didn’t enjoy, just for her. Rather […]
I experienced something yesterday which triggered a thought about the influence of the little people, in our lives. Not the Leprechauns, but the people who would be overlooked by most people and even considered insignificant by others.
Barrie and I went on the motorbike to collect the car this afternoon from Bristol Street Motors. They had kindly left the car near the exit so I set of, following another car, only to find myself driving around the car park. The car I followed parked. Barrie was beeping away at me from the […]
We are always being advised to write what we know and that is relatively easy when it comes to situations. I have areas where I have lived and worked and I add to these with areas that I have studied or researched.
In the words of John Donne, ‘No man is an island.’ As a writer, much of the work I do is alone. I have to find my own inspiration and be self-motivated. It would be quite possible to sink into my own fictional world where my characters were my best friends but real people spur […]
‘Don’t start that talking I could talk all night My mind goes sleepwalking While I’m putting the world to right.’ Quoted from Elvis Costello’s ‘Oliver’s Army.’
This Christmas, my sister sent my family the game ‘Codswollop’, which is a variation on ‘Call My Bluff.’ We divided into two teams and picked cards randomly. On each card there is an unusual word and underneath there is one true definition, one bluff and the team has to make up a third. After that […]
We’ve probably all come across the acronym SMART in relation to work based goals. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound. Well I was listening to the family talking, a little lightheartedly, about New Year’s Resolutions and I thought, ‘They are goals too and therefore they ought to be SMART.’ Some of the resolutions I […]
I think it was Friederich Nietzsche who said, ‘That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,’ although I heard it over the Christmas holidays on some music channel on our telly, which had been commandeered by family who were staying with us at the time. It was a line in a song by Kelly Clarkson […]