Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are? The words spoken deliberately, pointed and accusing. The intonation and body language leave no room for doubt. Nobody. Nothing. Not welcome. The voice of the inner critic joins in, “What was I thinking? Who am I to presume that I could? Why would anyone…

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How to write a helpful book review

Book, notepad, pen and coffee

Why write a book review? How often do you scan through some of the reviews before buying something on-line? By allowing us to write unmoderated reviews, the retailers have put a lot of power in our hands. Third-party reviews tell the prospective customer what they can expect if they purchase…

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A life less cluttered

Mugs on a chest of draws

A culture of consumerism pervades the society in which we live. Everything shouts out to us that we need to have more. Dutifully we comply. We buy clothes at inflated prices, yet before long they are horrendously out of vogue. Each year we to add to the already bulging wardrobe.…

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Are you taking sides?

Back to back

How gullible are you? I know you don’t, but some people will believe whatever you tell them. I remember when I was at school there was a phase where the “in” joke was to tell someone, “Hey, did you know they’ve just taken the word gullible out of the dictionary?”…

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Living beyond comfortable

Chair by a fire

You’d think we’d have learnt by now, yet still we continue to do it. We stress ourselves out needlessly. The fact is most of the things we worry about never happen. Really, you should worry less. Part way through the school year one of my sons wanted to join the…

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You’re hired… perhaps

handshake

This week I did something I’ve not done for about 15 years. Last time I was very nervous, this time there was only the mildest of flutterings. In the latter part of 2001 I attended an interview for my first ever IT job. Having a degree in Civil Engineering I…

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Anything goes in war?

Fist fight

Yes or No? In or Out? Red or Blue? We seem to be bombarded with an endless stream of binary choices, each with varying degrees of influence on our lives and about which we have little or no voice. I am not qualified to join the debate filling the blogosphere…

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Leek and borlotti stew

Chopped leeks

With autumn well and truly here, it’ll soon be time to start preparing some of those warming dinners. Since we first introduced it, this tasty stew has become a firm family favourite. The quantities below fed our family of 2 adults and 4 young children. Ingredients 1 tbsp coconut oil…

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