Free to be different?

Circle of hands

Life can be transient. Continually moving, never settling. We may never even meet the people we interact with on a daily basis. Isolation and loneliness; they’re epidemics hidden behind busy Facebook profiles and Insta-smiles. The opening pages of the Bible reveal what it took years for professionals to figure out,…

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Dry Brushing

Body brush and bath salts

Even if you don’t, the multitude of adverts that we’re confronted with make it clear that many people pay great attention to caring for their face. After all, it’s the bit of us that people see the most. The same cannot be said of the skin covering the rest of…

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It all starts here (again)

Noah's Ark

Last night I watched Noah, the 2014 film by Darren Aronofsky. Let’s just say that if you want a film that is grounded in fact this is probably not the one for you! Whilst the Mosaic account is fairly sparse in its details, the film’s deviations from the Biblical narrative…

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Can’t get that Christmas Feeling?

That Christmas feeling

The countdown to Christmas seems to start earlier every year. The excitement is tangible… or perhaps it’s the pressure to be happier, do better and buy bigger? At this time of year it can feel like we’re the only ones fighting a losing battle; trying to keep up with life.…

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Two little words. One big impact.

Writing a Thank you note

There are two little words we all love to hear. Sadly, as we grow older many of us seem to hear them less, and less. We’ve come to a point where we often don’t know how to respond to these words; they elicit an uncomfortable denial. The thoughts, “you don’t…

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Can you smell the roses?

What is the smell

The human body is designed to sweat. As well as being one of the mechanisms to excrete toxins from the body it’s important for regulating the body’s temperature. Huge under-arm sweat patches are not attractive in any outfit and, consequently, the deodorant and antiperspirant market is big business. In most…

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You don’t need this

Seminar room

The global education budget is HUGE! Even if you exclude compulsory education from the calculations, it’s probably somewhere up there just behind health-care and defence. So many people attend all sorts of training courses. I’ve attended courses, workshops and seminars on everything from highly technical instruction on computer software to…

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Battling hay fever (and other inflammatory ills)

Child crying with hand over eyes

I’ve never really suffered with allergic hay fever reactions. The same cannot be said for everyone in our household. The runny nose and itchy-scratchy-want-to-rip-them-out eyes have regularly been a curse that has just about been held at bay by the highest dose of over-the-counter medicines. Sometimes we resorted to prescription…

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