After posting My Favorite Writer Quotes last week, I loved the ones submitted in the comments so much that here’s a post of your favorite writer quotes. “People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.” – Ralph Waldo EmersonSubmitted by the insightful and delightful Vicki Atkinson of the Victoria Ponders blog “One thing that … Continue reading Your Favorite Writer Quotes
Once upon a time, I knew a man.
I met him at a writing course which he was teaching at Bøler Library.
Today I found out that he has crossed over to the other side.
I felt a strong desire to honour him by sharing a poem he had written.
Continue reading RIP Mr Nils
In the fast-paced world we live in, finding a way to unwind and relax can feel like a challenge. If you’re unsure about which relaxation method suits you best, look no further – I’ve compiled a list of my personal favorites to help guide you towards inner serenity. So, take a deep breath and explore these rejuvenating techniques to find the one that inspires you … Continue reading Discover Your Perfect Relaxation Method: Embrace Tranquility in These 5 Ways
I have a serious beef with some of our tried and true inspirational sayings. It’s bad advice! In fact, I’ve discarded it for most of my life and that seems to have worked out pretty well so far. But, I’m tired of seeing others suffer needlessly as they cling to this nonsense, believing they’re doing the right thing. Continue reading Bad Life Advice I’m Tired Of Hearing
I think it’s safe to say that writing is the subject that I’ve studied longest. Sure, it started with just grasping the pencil with some dexterity and has developed through school essays, technical writing, and now to developing a personal angle with memoir writing, and blogging. But whatever the genre, it feels like an incredibly rich and vast subject of study. So here are five … Continue reading My Favorite Writer Quotes
How we blog; where our inspiration comes from can be quite a topical discussion. In this post I consider the arguments for and against using prompts to guide our writing. Continue reading An alternative approach: Using prompts in blogging
Not that long ago, I found myself stopped at a traffic light, across from a rather pricey development combining shopping and dining. Next to the road was a large sign, advertising for the entire place. What caught my eye was the slogan for this place: “Feed Your Appetite.” I was partly amazed, partly amused, and partly disturbed. Of course, if what “feed your appetite” meant … Continue reading Feed Your Appetite: An Unintentionally Honest Slogan?
Several centuries ago, during the peak of the Japanese autumn, in one of Kyoto’s splendid gardens, a tea master instructed his apprentice to prepare for a tea ceremony. The young man meticulously trimmed hedges, carefully raked the gravel, plucked dry leaves from the stones, and cleared the mossy path of any twigs. The garden appeared flawless: every blade of grass was perfectly in place. Silently, … Continue reading Embracing Wabi-Sabi: The Beauty of Imperfection in Japanese Culture
I’ve been forgetful lately. I’m talking like, I’ll be in one part of my house, decide that I need something from another room, head to that locale, and as soon as I arrive there, I can no longer recall what I wanted to get. I know this is a near universal human experience because I’ve had numerous friends, once I’ve told them about this tendency … Continue reading Repost: Does Anyone Know Where I Left My Car Keys?
He picked up the scissors again, took a deep breath and tried to relax. With the material stretched firmly between his fingers and his eyes carefully focused on the mark, the tailor squeezed on scissor handles. And just as the blades sunk into the fabric…
At school I was always told that, “I couldn’t make a living from staring out of the window.” But then I became a pilot! Staring out of a window became my profession. Often, while staring out of the window from 40,000’, my mind would wander. Just like the clouds outside, my thoughts would take on all sorts of shapes and sizes. Eventually I decided to … Continue reading 3 Snippets of Wisdom
I was sitting at my kitchen table working yesterday afternoon, trying to tie up the last few items before closing my laptop and going to get my kids when the doorbell rang. It was the <ding-dong><ding-dong><ding-dong> of repeated bell pushes used most frequently by the 7-years-old and under set. So I wasn’t surprised to find the 6-year-old twins from four doors down the street hanging … Continue reading The Inspiration to Write: A Short Vignette
I got that idea out of desperation – it was December 2019, and I felt very badly about my body. I needed a project, something to hold on to, and I saw a video about a woman who did 365 days of yoga, says Corinne Dutil in this interview. That is how she started her 365 days challenge with yoga. Continue reading One day at a time
Are You Frequently Battling Stress Throughout Your Day? In our fast-paced lives, it’s no surprise that stress creeps into our daily routines due to numerous commitments, looming deadlines, and little time for self-care. Stress, in all its forms, shares a common denominator – it induces malaise, fatigue, and irritability, making us susceptible to illness and less tolerant of others and everyday challenges. Remarkably, stress is … Continue reading Unleashing Inner Strength: Defeating Workplace Stress for a Happier You
It’s bad enough we’re culturally addicted to gas, but it’s even worse when we act like idiots at the pump. Continue reading Old Man Rant: Gassholes & Car Alarms
My friends, family, and former colleagues often ask me whether or not I miss flying. It’s been a year since I handed in my resignation letter and decided to divorce from a 12-year career. I’m incredibly fortunate to have had the time to decompress following all the political upheaval I was caught up in Hong Kong. When people ask me if I miss it, my honest … Continue reading Why I Miss My Job but Don’t Regret Leaving It
I’ve recently discovered that there are a lot of parallels between having a new job and a new puppy. Weren’t expecting that combo? Let me explain. Both making doing yoga in the morning hard. And both benefit from a lot of training. In some instances when they get a hold of you just right, both have sharp teeth that bite. Not to mention that both … Continue reading Unlikely Learning Mates
During an interview once, I was asked a question that made me a little nervous. The question was:
“What is a good conversation for you, and with whom do you have good conversations?” At that moment, that question puzzled me, but now I would like to pass that question on to you with my twist.
Its such a wonderful feeling when we attend a staff development session that ignites a fire, creating enthusiasm. It doesn’t happen very often, but that’s what happened last week. Its the start of the new academic year, and as always, we start off with some staff development. I can’t say I was thrilled with much of the mandatory routine coverage, but there were a couple … Continue reading Are we coping with the mix of generations at work?
An important and substantial section in Greek mythology concerns the birth of flowers and plants. The ancient Greeks loved to attribute many natural phenomena to a divine origin, which has created a dense network of myths that intersect incessantly with each other. Let’s have a look. 1. SUNFLOWER – THE MYTH OF CLYTE Clyte was a young water-nymph madly in love with Apollo, the God … Continue reading 5 Fascinating Greek Myths about the Origin of Plants and Flowers