Death is Nature’s way of telling you to slow down. Thankfully, sometimes you do get advance notice. When I was in school I would often get through the school term only to succumb to some form of disease or sickness just in time for the holidays. Naturally, this put a
The big event for this week was Danita turned 60. She didn’t do anything specific to achieve that, it just happened while she was getting on with her life. When we were children (more than half a century ago – scary thought) someone in their 60s was OLD. However, since
Recently a couple of people I work with have had internet issues. Since my business (ie my day job with Demand Flow Intelligence) is a virtual organisation the internet is crucial. However, until this happened with them I didn’t realise how dependant we are on it. In the first instance
One of the challenges you’re faced with when you relocate, whether to a new city, state or country, is how to develop a new circle of friends. We’ve met one lady whose husband had a fall which caused brain damage. While he’s still able to do most things for himself,
Since moving to Tasmania Danita and I have made a commitment to go somewhere new as often as possible. We’ve covered most of the north coast of Tasmania and so decided to complete that part of the map by visiting Cape Grim. According to Wikipedia (the knower of all things
Mary Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) is quoted as saying: “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” I know how she felt and sometimes I do the same. (So, if my comments are irrational, illogical and simply dumb, it’s because I haven’t yet thought
When I was in Sydney I used to attend a business networking group calling The Y Network. As is standard practice in these groups there was a segment where everyone would do their infomercial ie they would talk briefly about what their business did and who their target market was.
I’ve often heard the term “The dark night of the soul” and have never really understood what it meant. Eckhart Tolle describes it as the following: “The dark night of the soul is a term that goes back a long time. … It is a term used to describe what one
Our driveway is long, dark and steep. That means that when driving you need to accelerate in order not to stall the engine. Coming home one night last week, from a lovely evening at a friend’s place, we did our usual run up the drive. Part of the way up
Sometimes life in a small business can get a bit chaotic. What! You don’t believe me? According to some, life as a small business owner is a blissful existence where you can relax and enjoy yourself while others do all the work for you. Sadly that’s not the case. It’s
I’m firmly of the view that “birthdays are good for you – the people who have the most, live the longest”. However, as I’ve been told a number of times recently there is a downside to too many birthdays. In the immortal words of the Rolling Stones; “What a drag
Many years a go I gave a talk at a radio club entitled “Your Life As A Radio”. It was a play on the fact that I was speaking to a group of radio buffs and the person who introduced me referred to Monte Python’s “And now for something completely
The house we live in has a large fig tree (as well as apples, grapefruit, lemons, avocados and more but we aren’t talking about the entire garden). When we moved in, last October, it was covered in tiny fig buds. We were very excited by the prospect of lots of
The property we live on (and rent) has a number of horses agisted ie most of the paddocks have horses, who also pay rent. Last week, Shirley, one of the horse owners moved the fence so that her herd was able to access (and hence control) some new grass. This
Warning: this post contains medical procedures. My big adventure this week was having a needle stuck in my eye. While a common expression indicating an activity we’d prefer not to engage in, is often compared with “sticking pins in my eyes” as in “Go out with him/her? I’d rather stick
This weekend Danita was in Hobart with a group of friends from her school days. It never ceases to amaze me that they are still hanging out together after decades (I won’t tell you how many). Before she left on Thursday, I had asked about doing something before she left.
We often hear how women have an advantage over men because their brains are structured in such a way that they can effectively multi-task. Is this actually a help or a hindrance? According to “Multitasking, in a human context, is the practice of doing multiple things simultaneously, such as
According to my way of thinking there is no such thing as co-incidence. Everything that happens is for a reason, whether or not we understand the reason at the time, or even much later. I have some very good friends who find this view a source of “interesting” discussions, so
Today started out as a struggle. For the last few nights Sancho has been up with an upset stomach causing him to get up every hour to throw up. Since he sleeps on our bed, that means we’ve been getting up to clean up after him – just what you
In 1999 Scott McNealy, the CEO of Sun Microsystems declared, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” That was well before now, when everyone is connected to the internet all the time, whether it’s via their phone, computer, tablet or even the household fridge. This was brought home to