Random Thoughts

What do you say or do?

Obviously, my world includes people who have very different views to those I hold. The world would be an incredibly boring place if I surrounded myself only with those who think like I do. But sometimes you realize that someone you have known for a long time and respected actually holds views you find disturbing.…

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Where I’ve been this time

Every time I think I’ve gotten a handle on my time and am going to start blogging regularly, something happens. Some times it’s good, other times, not so much. This time around, I started a new job. This is, of course, a good thing. But I started 3 weeks before a major event… NOT GOOD.…

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Blindsided by breaks

It seems every so often I find myself facing the reality that I have completely abandoned writing though I know how much it means to me. I had no idea that nearly six months had passed since I last wrote. Of course, there are a few reasons for my absence. I’ve been doing some freelance…

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Made by my hand

Surprisingly, despite the wide range of creative activities that I have pursued through my lifetime, I have not really focused on those with tangible outputs. The closest was black and white film photography where after hours in the darkroom I might come out with one good print. I do miss those days. But my point…

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No apologies but…

I started this year with some grand hopes and plans. Not that I have forgotten or abandoned all of them. It is just that some of them have been a little stalled. In order of my priorities: Professional (C) My plan was to “[look] at strengthening my current job situation, as well as developing other…

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Desiderata

desire |dəˈzī(ə)r| noun a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen: verb strongly wish for or want (something): (as adj. desired) change     distance     newness     space     safety     comfort     freedom     magic     mystery     peace     calm…

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The slippery slope that is my blogging (or where I’ve been)

Wow! Just like that, it’s been over a month since my last post. I was so committed when I returned, so what happened? The simple explanation is I got busy. April was very much a recovery month. Recovering from what? The month of March. Lol! March was a killer with more stress than I anticipated.…

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Judge not

Just the other day, I had the old favourite ‘don’t judge a book by the cover’ thrown at me. As always, it made me wonder exactly what else people expect you to do. I know the principle behind it is sound – not judging people until you have a chance to know them. As a…

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Who are you and what do you do?

I do a lot of reading about careers, especially freelance and creative ones. One of the topics I’ve seen discussed is how to answer the ‘What do you do?’ question. Yesterday I watched while four girls, having just been introduced under the name they’ve selected for their ‘business’, floundered to explain when they were asked…

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Maybe we need 7 billion Barbie dolls

Again, from Days of the Year, it’s another interesting tidbit, this time it’s Barbie Day. [message type=”info”]Celebrate one of the world’s best known dolls – Barbie Day celebrates her debut in New York at the American International Toy Fair in 1959.[/message] I don’t care so much about Barbie dolls now that I’m grown, but I…

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Happy Cereal Day!

Who knew? A day to celebrate that common breakfast standard – cereal! According to Days of the Year: [message type=”info”]Cereal (at least, in terms of breakfast cereal) is a surprising modern invention. Dating back to colonial America, cereal has become an incredibly popular way to start the day. Why not celebrate Cereal Day by trying…

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No shame in being scared

I’m scared of needles! I always have been. I don’t remember getting my ears pierced as my parents had it done when I was very young. Good thing or I’d have probably never consented. When I was in high school and it became the trend to get second and third holes in one’s ears, I…

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Blast from the past (The best thing about Facebook)

Last week I received an amazing surprise courtesy of that omnipresent social network, Facebook. I checked as I do most days, expecting to see only the usual video links, inspirational photos and group updates. The rate of friend requests has slowed considerably, especially since I am no longer as active as I was. But that…

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Why your thoughts are not always your own

The nature or nurture argument resurfaces in connection with a lot of things, and while some things are pre-determined by genetics, the role that our immediate and wider environment play in shaping us is significant. It is difficult for most people to identify exactly where their individuality stops and their conditioned responses start. I had…

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