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Voluntaire – to offer oneself to the military……..in exchange for food.

Filed in abundance, charity, conduit by on July 21, 2017 2 Comments
Voluntaire – to offer oneself to the military……..in exchange for food.

Once again my naivety has gotten the better of me. You see, I thought that volunteering was the offer of help given without regard to getting something back. In fact, I often hear that volunteering is a way of giving something back. I had become a little frustrated with the, ‘Work for the dole,” programmes […]

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When I Grow Up.

Filed in Choice, education, Kind by on June 22, 2017 1 Comment
When I Grow Up.

My poetic hero was always Dr Seuss and an interaction with pure love has inspired me towards the poetic here.

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They Call Him the Streak

Filed in Choice, crisis, fun, Routine by on June 16, 2017 1 Comment
They Call Him the Streak

Once again, when it comes to the world of technology and the myriad ways in which we now communicate, I am the last to know what is going on. Periodically, I get ready to hoist the white flag and wave it in surrender as I give up trying to influence my children not to become mindless sheep.

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Getting Rid of Karma

Filed in Thought by on June 9, 2017 0 Comments
Getting Rid of Karma

When we are giving thought to our seeking of pleasure, we will not see the optimal opportunities that stand right in front of us.

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Tall Trees – Long, Healthy Relationships

Filed in pleasure, Relationship, selfless by on June 2, 2017 1 Comment
Tall Trees – Long, Healthy Relationships

The biggest trees are a collection of these scars, which tells the story of their lives and thankfully they are equipped to deal with them. Without them it is unlikely a tree could exists for so long, they seem to strengthen the tree and no large tree can be found without them. Any, no every long term relationship is also a collection of scars, of too many types to mention here.

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The Small, Same, Boring, Unrewarding Things are What Matter Most

Filed in Relationship by on May 26, 2017 0 Comments
The Small, Same, Boring, Unrewarding Things are What Matter Most

When I stand back and soak up the sight of a well proportioned and attractive garden, I do not think of things like soil health, weeding, pruning or plant selection. I actually think very little and instead allow the beauty to envelope me. It is the same when I look at a couple who are clearly in love and have been together for a very long time. My dear friend’s parents just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and when I think of them, I give no thought to the difficulties they must have faced, the arguments they had or the problems endured. I see the love and most importantly the respect they share. There is absolutely no doubt they faced many difficulties if they are still together after so long just as there is no doubt how much thankless work goes into creating a beautiful garden.

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Selfish or Selfless. Are They Different or the Same?

Filed in conduit, Practicality, selfless by on May 19, 2017 1 Comment
Selfish or Selfless. Are They Different or the Same?

This may all seem quite pedantic, the splitting of hairs, but maybe such confusion can explain why we believe we do live relatively selfless lives, yet the world continues to sink into despair around us. The human race would not be suffering as it is if most of us were selfless.

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Arhh the Humble Veggie Patch.

Filed in love, Relationship by on May 12, 2017 1 Comment
Arhh the Humble Veggie Patch.

On occasion I have found myself just staring at my partner and revelling in the feeling of love I have for her. I sometimes make a promise to myself to do something small but very nice for her, but time passes and I justify that my attempting to just be a decent, caring human being in her presence is enough. Many times it is and my flash of desire to create a moment where she feels special again slips away.

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Walk with Me in My Garden – Growing Love

Filed in love by on April 27, 2017 0 Comments
Walk with Me in My Garden – Growing Love

I started to write what I thought was going to be a nice short piece, but it has grown into something much longer. Editing it down killed the content so I have decided to break it into three, hopefully, easily digestible parts. I embarked on this piece with an outcome in mind but as I delved it became apparent that my original intention was a bit off target. I sought to separate the love we have primarily in a spousal type relationship from all other types. I soon found myself putting together words that sort of contradicted my intention. At the very least they directed my away from my intended outcome. I also wished to separate all relationship type love from the universal form I have written much about, but again that was thwarted as I continued writing. Instead of deleting and changing it all, I have decided to leave that literary journey intact. This may be a risk, as it can reveal me as illogical, confused and possible less intelligent that I thought I was. But I have had fun using these words to open my mind to many things, some I had seen before and some I hadn’t.

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Filed in charity, Ego, Life, Relationship by on April 5, 2017 1 Comment
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

I have been mulling over the possible link between depression and losing the respect of those around us. I think there is more to this than just a loss of self-esteem, which must surely follow once all respect has waned.

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