Change can feel hard.
The prospect of putting in the necessary work can make us feel tired, just thinking about it.
What we want for the future can seem a long way off from where we are now. Continue reading “One (small?) step at a time…”
I came across an article recently challenging the assumption that everyone should either be in a relationship, or looking for one:
I read an interesting BBC article recently: ‘Why paper is the real killer app.’
Even though I use my laptop, phone and tablet a lot for work and socially, writing the old-fashioned way – using pen and paper – still has its place in my life.
And it seems there are plenty of people who agree with me. Continue reading “Paper Still Has a Place in Our Digital World”
How much – or, how little – do we need? How much do we want?
How much (of anything) is ‘enough’?
Last year I wrote about the UK Channel 4 programme ‘Life Stripped Bare’. Simplifying and de-cluttering are topics that crop up fairly regularly these days and we might think they’re a recent phenomenon fuelled by trends inspired by TV programmes and self-help books.
But not so – I found this in ‘On the Shortness of Life’ by Seneca, the Roman philosopher and statesman (c.5BC-AD65) translated by C.D.N. Costa: Continue reading “Simply Enough”
Struggling to make decisions about what to buy friends and family for Christmas this year?
With less than three weeks to go, the pressure may be mounting – and funds running short.
On BBC Breakfast this morning there was a discussion about ‘The Four Gift Rule’ and I found a BBC article online about it, too. Continue reading “Something they want … or an IOU?”
Synecdochically… what a great sounding word!
You might not know what it means – and before watching lexicographer Erin McKean’s highly entertaining TED talk I’d never even heard of it.
McKean discusses the future of dictionaries in the age of the internet – which might sound dry but her presentation certainly isn’t – it’s full of life and humour and easy to understand. Continue reading “Synecdochically Speaking … and Word of the Year 2016”
As the UK school summer holiday comes to an end I’m wondering about everyone who went away recently – and those who ‘staycationed’.
A holiday is defined in The Cambridge Dictionary as:
“…a time when someone does not go to work or school but is free to do what they want, such as travel or relax.”
Did you do what you wanted? How did it go?
Better than expected, pretty much according to plan – or were you disappointed? Continue reading “What Did YOU Do on Holiday?”
A recent survey revealed that British holidaymakers spend more time sorting out their digital entertainment for a trip than they do on packing the rest of their suitcase.
Many of us check work emails and messages whilst away on holiday, too.
By contrast, an Ofcom report out last month about our obsession with being online found that more than a third of UK internet users felt the need to take a “digital detox” in the last year – ranging from just a few hours offline to taking an entirely web-free holiday.