Book reviews, Non-fiction, Uncategorized

@FTThum #BookReview ‘Nina’s Memento Mori’ by Mathias B Freese

My latest book review on Litworldinterviews. This quote from Gabor Maté comes to mind as I read Nina’s Memento Mori by Mathias B Freese. “I needed to write, to express myself through written language not only so that others might hear me but so that I could hear myself.” Continue reading here...   Hope you enjoy it! ~… Continue reading @FTThum #BookReview ‘Nina’s Memento Mori’ by Mathias B Freese


Beauty, Being alive, Poetry, Uncategorized

When he still needs me

When he still needs me Not to be his crutch, his protector Neither craving attention nor adulation; But a witness to his life - a celebrant of his success, another within his fold; His solid ground, his secure net. Ah, the joy lighting his face to know he belongs, that he is loved A vision… Continue reading When he still needs me


#Help for RonovanWrites deadline

Yes, a little reminder. The campaign will end at the close of Tuesday, August 11. Every little bit helps!


Well it has to happen… there must indeed be a deadline to the campaign to help Ronovan.

Ronovan thanks everyone who has supported the campaign for a new laptop so he can return to writing, blogging, and being with his blogging community.  He has asked me to end the fundraising at the end of Tuesday, 11 August, as he wants to get back sooner than later even if the goal amount has not been met.  He will purchase the best he can with the amount raised.

Psst, I don’t think he likes the idea of needing help and wants this to end soon. Now someone find me an emoticon for ‘rolling her eyes’ on WordPress? 🙂

Anyway, there you go people, you have till the end of Tuesday, 11 August to help in whichever way and in whatever amount you can.  Click on this link to contribute.

Don’t know what…

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How Language Shapes our World

An enlightening post on Language, enjoy!

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books by

Noam Chomsky is famous for his suggestion that language shapes the way we think. Put very simply, we have no concept of anything we can’t describe with words. He also believes there is a universal grammar that all humans instinctively adhere to.

Although I personally think he overstates his case, there’s no doubt in my mind that language does influence our perception of the world. Perhaps this is because I’m a non-native speaker, so I can see subtly changes in me when I switch from Greek to English. Friends have even claimed that my very voice sounds different. As Sue Vincent put it in her comment, there is a subtle and unspoken shading in words. A native speaker has an emotional attachment to words that never makes it into the dictionary and which can convey far more than just a grammatically correct combination of words alone can ever do.


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In relationship, Living life, Uncategorized

5 Ways To Avoid Your Own Valentine’s Day Massacre

A good dose of reality, and kindness and love.

john pavlovitz

Ahhhhh… Do you smell that?

It’s that magical time of year again; when massive, heart-shaped boxes of overpriced chocolates line the entry way to every supermarket, drug store and gas station; when renegade roadside stands of roses shoot up like springtime driveway crabgrass; when restaurants, jewelers, and car dealers all leap wildly from their respective corners, breathlessly salivating in anticipation of the oncoming emotional Armageddon:

Valentine’s Day.

Chances are, a good deal of you reading this will soon find yourself somewhere along the continuum of those whose hearts and wallets will be hijacked by Hallmark; crushed beneath the weight of candy-coated affection and store-bought closeness.

As a service, I’d like to offer a few tips to help you retain some sanity and dignity, as this most holy day of relational obligation approaches. 

Whether you’re attached, estranged, alone, (or some odd combination of the three), here’s how you might avoid disaster this week:

1) Don’t overcompensate, financially or emotionally.

If you’re…

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Being alive, Quotes, Spirit & Soul, The Self, Uncategorized

Lightness of Being

And so it shall be…

Merging Traffic

Let the sum
of all the moments of love
you have ever known
strip you naked
of roles and titles
wounds and triumphs
and breathe you
into the singular
present moment
where nothing
can weigh you down,
where nothing exists
but the blissful
lightness of Being.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

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Book Review. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Looks like a book for my to-read list…

Lit World Interviews


Title:   Station Eleven

Author:   Emily St. John Mandel

ISBN:  0385353308



Published:  September 10th 2014

Pages:  353

Genre:  Literary, Fiction, Sci-Fiction

Station Eleven is one of the best novels I’ve read in 2014. And I’ve read quite a few. I guess if I had to define it, I could call it a post-apocalyptic novel, although the action moves forward and back between events that happened mostly shortly before the flu epidemic that killed 99% of the World’s population (sometimes some years before) and years after. All the characters are somewhat connected to the opening scene, although in some cases we don’t know exactly how until much later in the story.

Superficially the novel seems to be a crazy quilt, with jumps in time and place, following the wandering memories of the main characters, and in some cases, like in Kirsten’s, the actress with a travelling troupe…

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Reconstruction in progress

I am inspired!  So yes, I am in the process of reconstructing this blog so we (well, to be honest, I) can find the posts easier.  Checkout the improved menu.  In the meantime, I am experimenting with other things, guess you'll know what when you see them (right this moment, I have no idea either… Continue reading Reconstruction in progress

In relationship, Living life, The Self, Uncategorized

World Mental Health Day

10th October - World Mental Health what can you and I, and we as a community, do? 1. Put out a message of love and hope in blogosphere, Twitter, Facebook, ... you get the idea 🙂 ; 2. Send a message of support and encouragement to a friend, to a beloved, to one in need;… Continue reading World Mental Health Day

Living life, Spirit & Soul, Uncategorized

Steps Of Happiness or Steps Towards Happiness?

One step at a time… each step a joy… Enjoy this article!

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In an earlier post on this blog, I shared a list of steps I regularly take which add to my happiness.

I originally entitled it Steps Towards Happiness.

My reasoning was that no single steps would automatically bring happiness to me or anybody. Also, it seemed to me that by heading more and more often in the direction of happiness, we’re more likely to be happier more than before. So, “towards” seemed clearer and modest.

A few days after releasing that blog post, I listened to a talk by Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. He pointed out that happiness is not the destination, it is the way. It’s not where we’re headed, it’s how we are. Happiness is elusive to many of us, because it’s not something we can buy and take out when we want it. It’s not something we can pile up and dole out whenever we’d…

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Living life, Uncategorized

Drink your coffee

29 September is International Coffee Day in Australia! And as I understand it, in Canada, UK, Ethiopia, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the US of A as well.  Other countries have 'Coffee Day' too, around this time. Check out Fairtrade coffee in your country :-).  It is coffee that is certified as having… Continue reading Drink your coffee

Passion, Uncategorized

My Desires: My Letter of Confession . . . to . . .

I have to reblog this…because frankly, I wish I was the one who had written it 🙂
The soulful expression of desire…


I am a simple man. What I desire is obvious to anyone that wishes to discover.

What do I desire? I desire to be stimulated, mind over matter. Turn my mind on and you have me forever. Only . . . turn my body on and have me for a few hours. I want to belong forever to . . .

What do I desire? I desire physical pleasure; a touch from love, a hand in mine that sends electricity through my body, a caress of my cheek that makes my body melt, a tender kiss that makes my body alive. I live because of . . .

What do I desire? I desire friendship far more than relationship. A friend understands, cares, is there, is honest, fights for you and with you if you are deserving of either. A friendship wants to be and does not have to be…

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Contemplate, In relationship, Living life, Uncategorized

Science and romantic love

Neuroscience have charted the effects of romantic love on our brain - and surprise, surprise - the results show romantic love triggers our reptilian brain and another part of our brain, the one measuring gains and losses. For those of you who don't already know or guess, I am a nerd (self-confess and I own… Continue reading Science and romantic love