Archive | August, 2011

Thoughts on growing up

31 Aug

Something inspirational:

Do you remember how you responded when you were asked the question, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’

If you remember the answer you gave, how does that compare with what you’re doing now? When you think about the question, does it trigger new thoughts about what you’ve achieved …

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Why we should remain upbeat

30 Aug

I have always tried to remain upbeat, no matter what I deal with, but given the fact that stress plays a part in how we feel on what we usually have to deal with and what we continue to deal with, being upbeat can sometimes becomes a little more difficult.

We start out with good intentions of trying to remain upbeat, but invariably what we deal with gets in the way. I believe we can learn to change the way we perceive our lives so that we have …

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The true meaning of friendships

29 Aug

How well do you know someone, I mean really know someone? When we experience a connection with someone, we know everything there is to know.

It’s easy to feel that we know someone well, but the little bits we know about them isn’t the same as knowing or having a soul connection. We can know someone for twenty years and still not …

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Courage

28 Aug

Something inspirational:

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

MARY ANN RADMACHER

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Having the last word

27 Aug

How many of us know someone who no matter what we say, they always have to have the last word?

It doesn’t matter what they talk about, what the subject is, they need to say one more thing regardless of what we say. Some children tend to want to have the last word; but there are many adults …

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Spinach & Pine Nut Lasagne

26 Aug

Pasta & Spinach Pine Nut Ricotta Lasagne

We’ve tried this recipe and I wanted to share it with you. It’s taken from ‘Delia on line’.  I am sure you could replace the Spinach and pine nuts Ricotta with other toppings of your choice.

Low fat ingredients can be used as an alternative to full fat.

Sauce:

1½ pints (850ml) milk

2 oz (50g) plain flour …

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The Charming Gardeners

25 Aug

Something inspirational:

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

MARCEL PROUST, NOVELIST

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Thoughts about moving abroad

24 Aug

Having watched a neighbour’s family prepare for a new life in Canada and watching the TV documentary ‘Stephen Fry in America’ brought about memories of my near move to the States.

From what I recall from the documentary Stephen Fry’s father turned down a job at Princeton University, in favour of Hampstead in England and although Stephen Fry has no connections in …

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Character traits

23 Aug

It is true to say that we all inherit character traits from our parents, from our environment and our peers, but what if the character traits we have are there because of a condition we deal with?

I was always considered to be lazy, at home and in school by my family. It didn’t matter what I did, or how hard I tried, I failed to make the grade. My parents never talked about my struggles and …

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Talking the same language

22 Aug

A passing thought:

Conversations will be more meaningful and less tense if we ‘talk the same language.’ That sounds so obvious and easy to do, but how many of us actually do it?

It’s tempting when we’re keen to get our point across, to charge ahead; then get annoyed with the other person when we’ve misunderstood the conversation, or we think we’ve understood the …

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