Who Shall I Be ?

Who Shall I Be ?

I don’t often had bad dreams but last night was an exception (probably because of the medication I took to help deal with the effects of the wasp sting).  It wasn’t a nightmare as such but it was disturbing and I woke up with an unpleasant feeling....
The Sting

The Sting

Last month I stood on a wasp, an action I recommend others avoid at all costs. I felt the sting and it hurt, a lot, like being electrocuted and burned with a cigarette at the same time. I had my hands full at the time and although my instinct was to drop everything...
A Master of Some

A Master of Some

I expect you know the adage ‘Jack of All Trades, Master of None’ and maybe you think it is apt and wise advice – I disagree. Ten thousand hour rule Yes, in order to master something you need to practice it a lot. According to Malcolm Gladwell, this is 10,000 hours if...
Different Kinds of Courage

Different Kinds of Courage

As I shared in a previous ‘thought‘, I love BBC radio. One of my favourite programmes is Desert Island Discs, where each week a guest ‘castaway’ is interviewed about their life by the wonderfully. talented Kirsty Young. They are asked to choose...
Self Beliefs

Self Beliefs

Until I was 27 years old, I thought that socks came in left and right versions. I can’t remember how I discovered that this isn’t the case, I think it was because I said something about my sock being uncomfortable because it was on the wrong foot and...
A (non)sense of Direction

A (non)sense of Direction

One day last week my daughter rang me and said “There is a programme on the radio about people who go on holiday and end up in the wrong place. You should ring them“. “Oh, I said  `’Do you mean about the time we got stuck in the White Apache...
I May be an Alien?!

I May be an Alien?!

I am a great fan of Facebook (when used maturely) and I’m sure to write about this another time. BUT yesterday, for the first time, I read something mildly disturbing on it – I may be an alien! Actually, it made me smile and it is an interesting article. But not a...
What Was That?

What Was That?

Last night I was fast asleep last night when I was woken by a large ‘SQUEAK!’ It was right in my ear and my first thought was ‘Mouse!’ I yelled loudly enough to wake up Iain who had heard nothing but he very kindly and patiently had a quick look underneath the bed and...
Why do I share my thoughts?

Why do I share my thoughts?

Writing for one The question, of why I share my thoughts, is a question for me solely because I don’t expect or encourage or need anyone to read these (mostly) daily thoughts. I write them because I enjoy the experience of writing, and in particular, writing in flow,...
Starting the day – stupid!

Starting the day – stupid!

Stupid – I’m not the only one (?) I have just wasted the good part of 10 minutes searching for the source of the beep. The beep in this case was a very tiny sound that was reminiscent of a mine-sweeper from some black and white movie I saw once. It appeared to...
Lessons from Eddie Izzard

Lessons from Eddie Izzard

My recent conversion I have recently converted to idea of listening to audio books. I’ve dabbled in listening to audio podcasts but never audio books before. I decided to read something that wasn’t in the category ‘Positive Psychology’, which is what I usually read...
My Relationship with Auntie

My Relationship with Auntie

Not a latch-key child When I was about 8 or 9 years old my mother went to Teacher’s Training College to become a Primary School teacher. Rather than have me as latch-key child, she chose a better option – I became an ignition key child. What I mean is that I would sit...