Ocean’s 8. It wasn’t an awesome (as in the “epic” sense) movie. It was fun and I enjoyed it. And here’s why. First, what it does not have. There was no exaggerated aggression nor obscenity. There was no gratuitous sex or violence, and so no cringe-worthy scenes and therefore appropriate for my teenage daughter and … Continue reading Ocean’s 8, any good?
What does it mean to be ‘”woman”?
A thought that crossed my mind, again. Today. Whatever that means… 🙂
I cannot escape this sense of loss, this great sorrow.
I am woman, and that alone is enough to speak to the many ways in which I am deeply disappointed by the outcome of the US election. I realised the energy, the hope I had invested to see a woman make it in what is purportedly the greatest country in the world.
I am not referring to party politics. I don’t want to speak of claims of fraud or lies, and misogynistic or corrupt behaviour. I am not calling it. My experience is not American, I am not one.
But I know the politics that is played out in my life, whether I have chosen to welcome it or intentionally invited it or have it imposed upon me. And the outcome of the election epitomised it.
So I will speak about being woman. What does it take for a…
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I have a particular interest in self-awareness, so reading this book is for pleasure and professional purpose.
Title: Insight: The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World
Author: Tasha Eurich
Genre: Non-fiction, Psychology, Self-help
What’s it about?
Author, Tasha Eurich, begins with a lament on the self-delusion of today’s people, identifying blindspots to how well we know ourselves.
An organizational psychologist by profession, Eurich claims self-awareness is THE meta-skill of the 21st century for success. In a world of operating in the shallows and privileging opinions of the external world, self-awareness separates the achievers and mediocrity. She referred to studies which showed self-awareness to be lacking despite claims by many leaders to the contrary. The “cult of self”, Eurich states, prevents us from approaching with humility and self-acceptance to truly seeing ourselves.
Insight expounds what insight is, referring to internal self-awareness
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Somewhat cynical, I went to see the remake of "Murder on the Orient Express" adapted from Agatha Christie's book of the same name. I grew up with Agatha Christie, her books a respite for a child filled with curiosity and desire to problem-solve. Not surprisingly then that law became a first career. Kenneth Branagh, a … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express – review
(WARNING: Content for persons over 15 years old and may offend :-)) Naked… Nude… Pornography… What’s the difference? Not a lot, and a matter of perception. As I found out during a tour of the ‘Nude: from the Tate Collection’ exhibition, “naked” is merely without clothes and common and “nude” is an idealised artistic expression … Continue reading Naked… Nude… Pornography…
I cannot escape this sense of loss, this great sorrow. I am woman, and that alone is enough to speak to the many ways in which I am deeply disappointed by the outcome of the US election. I realised the energy, the hope I had invested to see a woman make it in what is … Continue reading A woman, loss and politics
Here is a conversation between First Lady of the USA Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey at the recent United State of Women ... ~ FlorenceT
If you could be the woman of your dreams, who would you be? My answer: Me, myself and I. No matter what my experiences might have been, are and may be, they are just that, experiences. And I live them. As you do yours. You are amazing! 🙂 If you could be the … Continue reading Woman of your dreams
This post is about connection and community, the one I have found here on blogosphere. It is a social experiment in hindsight, and these are my observations and purely subjective :-). But before I go there, some qualifications. I did not have any preconception of what or how a friend ought to be. I have … Continue reading Real people in blogosphere?!
I have been waiting for this book… the story of change and a man’s transformation set in the high seas. I am privileged to have read it and it’s brilliant! Here’s Chapter One …
Coming February of 2016 is my debut novel, a historical adventure written with award winning author PS Bartlett, titled Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling, a prequel to her Ivory Shepard series of books. Through this novel you discover the beginnings of the beginnings. And how Gabriel Wallace is involved with the gentleman pirate who devotes his life to freeing the women kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.
Here I give you the novel’s first chapter, with a taste of who and what is involved and a way to know in advance the book’s pace and the beginning of Gabriel’s Fall.
“Gabriel, there’s trouble brewing upstairs,” Miles Jacobs said, taking an empty chair at the corner table of the tavern. When I observed my Lieutenant’s set jaw and clenched teeth, I immediately appreciated the seriousness of his words. My eyes followed his to the steps at the opposite end of…
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Love is undefinable. There may be words, strings of words for the wordsmiths among us, shapes and colours for the artists, to describe the expression or impression of love, yet its essence is mysterious and perhaps subjective. One of my favourite quotes of all time, which I have shared here before: “We don't see the … Continue reading Love in practice
I want to thank Hugh for his invitation to guest post... so head on over to Hugh's Views and News for a read.
I am a human being. Nothing human can be alien to me. ~ Terence circa 170BC I stumbled upon this. My takeaway is... okay, here's an aside. 'Takeaway' refers to 'lesson learnt' or 'light-bulb moment' - a term which is rather common in therapeutic circles in Sydney. So my takeaway from this video is … Continue reading Life lesson: I am a human being
We can’t go over it We can’t go under it Oh no, we got to go through it! Excerpt from ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ Today, I am acutely aware this is how we sometimes must approach life. “We’re going on a bear hunt” is one of my favourite children’s books. Our copy is … Continue reading We got to go through it
Communication. A great word with different meanings. One meaning I use in blog language is relaying of my thoughts to the page and to the reader. I communicate my meaning. In most cases there my responsibility, if I ever had one, ends. It's a blog. I share my thoughts. That's what a blog is. It's … Continue reading Blogging for Therapy Will Bring Success. by Guest @RonovanWrites
For as long as I can remember, I have had a certain resentment to labels. It feels as if for every label I accept or acknowledge, I lose a bit of myself – choice and freedom readily comes to mind - and I find myself bound tighter. While there is a certain security in these … Continue reading Labels, whatever…love is love
This resonates with me…both as a daughter then a mother.
Every time I read this story, I get a bit emotional…
Gillian was only eight years old, but her future was already at risk. Her schoolwork was a disaster, at least as far as her teachers were concerned. She turned in assignments late, her handwriting was terrible, and she tested poorly. Not only that, she was a disruption to the entire class, one minute fidgeting noisily, the next staring out of the window, forcing the teacher to stop the class to pull Gillian’s attention back, and the next doing something to disturb the other children around her. Gillian wasn’t particularly concerned about any of this – she was used to being corrected by authority figures and didn’t really see herself as a difficult child – but the school was very concerned. This came to a head when the school wrote to…
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February 2015, and I am here (finally!) to share a book which I bought myself for Christmas 2014 – a little self-love J. Yes, it has been a busy January but better late than never because I am compelled.
Title: Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Compiled: Shaun Usher
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd & Unbound (24 October 2013)
Website: http://www.lettersofnote.com/ & www.shaunusher.com
Pages: Hardback, 384 pages
Genre: Literary Non-Fiction, Anthology
What’s it about?
This is an anthology of letters from the 17th century to present day written by a myriad of personalities including the likes of Zelda Fitzgerald, Albert Einstein, Mick Jagger and Roald Dahl.
These letters compiled by Shaun Usher were selected from a vast number of online contributions (see website above) consisting of different types of letters ranging from humorous to angry, sentimental…
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A most positive and helpful post…
Happy New Year fellow scribblers! It’s that brand new shiny first day of another new year, sprinkled with fairy dust, hope, and endless possibilities. Writers all over the world are cracking open the first page of their special edition unicorn diary and filling it with resolutions for the year to come. Some writers are also staunchly refusing to write that list on the grounds that these things just set you up for disappointment when you fail to reach all your goals. I see their point, which is why my resolution for this year is to not set myself unrealistic goals. For those of us who like a challenge, I’ll share a couple of my favourites.
Be Gentle with Yourself
If you’re going to set yourself deadlines to publish, or minimum daily word counts for this year, it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution. Just because you…
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If you are in doubt as to which books (I am using plural as I presume one won’t be enough! 🙂 ) to read over the holiday season, here aresome suggestions from some creative and innovative peoplewho were presenters on the TED stage.
I have only read 5 of the many on that list, I’d better get cracking… If you wish, listen to the TED Talks of these talented people. They seem interesting and might just inspire… I for one plan to catch up on my viewing… thus speaketh the nerd 🙂
OR you can browse these Lists for ‘recommendations’:
- Goodreads Choice Awards “Best Books of 2014”
- Amazon’sBestselling Books of 2014
- GetReading’s2014 Indie Awards
- Bookdepository’sBest Books of 2014(meaning bestselling I believe)
- Man Booker Prize2014 finalists
- The Stella Prize2014 longlist
- Miles Franklin Literary Awards2014 longlist
If you are into…
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