• Weekly check-in

    Saturday, January 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s supposed to cool down here Sunday and everyone I know in my part of Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief. Our media’s been talking about ‘heatwaves’. I can’t remember if it was this hot when I was a kid or if we just weren’t used to airconditioning and the like and just kinda expected to be lying around in pools of sweat.

    But enough of this obligatory chit chat about the weather and onto important stuff like books and book blogging.

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  • Quitting vs surrendering

    Thursday, January 19, 2017 Permalink

    I talked last week about my yoga classes and the fact we’re asked to think of a word or ‘intention’ each class. It surprises me when something comes to mind as it’s usually something unexpected. The other day my word was ‘surrender’ and it came at the perfect time as I was stressing about a heap of stuff – some of which was beyond my control. And – as a self-confessed control freak – I was struggling.

    But being reminded that it’s possible to surrender control of certain things to fate and that it’s not the same as giving up or quitting, was a comforting idea.

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  • A study in inspiration

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Permalink

    After my house move in September my first priority was to get my living space sorted. And, on the whole, I’m pretty happy with it now. (Especially since the arrival of my Christmas / Birthday rug!)

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  • Book review: The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Gregg Hurwitz’s 2016 novel, Orphan X made my seven favourite books of the year list. I loved it. I adored our protagonist – former assassin turned protector of the helpless, Evan Smoak (aka Orphan X, aka The Nowhere Man) – and enjoyed the unfolding plot focused around Evan’s backstory.

    I was nervous about picking up the second in the series but needn’t have worried, as I raced through The Nowhere Man in a day.

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  • Contentment, happiness and joy

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve written before about my views on contentment vs happiness. The former, I think, is some sort of internally-generated, semi-permanent state of being, whereas the latter comes and goes.

    I’ve been thinking more and more about this for a few reasons lately.

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  • Words and intention

    Monday, January 9, 2017 Permalink

    I almost called this ‘intention and other wanky words’. And that’s not to disparage those who talk about intention cos I do it too. I use many wanky words… like ‘authentic’, ‘intuitive’ and ‘journey’.

    Indeed I’m a huge fan of the cliche and fall into their deep crevices more often than I’d like. Although sometimes it’s more a warm-soft landing than something sharp and cold.

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  • One downmanship

    Thursday, January 5, 2017 Permalink

    They say we notice our own foibles in others, which I guess is why I’m struggling more and more with people’s constant ‘woe-is-me’ attitude or victim-like behaviour. (After all, NO ONE on this earth has it as hard as me! 😉 )

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  • Blogging in 2016

    Monday, January 2, 2017 Permalink

    I’m again linking up with Denyse Whelan whose prompt for today is ‘A favourite post from 2016’. It’s funny as I can easily identify the favourite posts I’ve ever written. There are a few about my dad and his passing, his dementia and a few others penned when I had my Diet Schmiet blog. But when I think about the posts from the last year none really stand out more than others. 

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