It’s that time of year again, the silly season! I’m not feeling the usual hysteria though. Perhaps we’ve all run out of money? Maybe, we’ve began to see through the illusion of scarcity? Or is it that we’re exchanging a gift of experience instead of the usual waste? I’m not sure, whichever it is, stay safe because … [Read more…]
It’s a wonderful thing: To entertain. To be entertained. To laugh. To make others laugh. It’s a skill that some people possess naturally. Others work hard at it and pull it off. Entertainment can take so many different forms…’each to their own’ as they say. What remains constant is knowing that entertainment is the key to … [Read more…]
We are nothing without our health. Somewhere, somehow we need to be sure to keep a healthy body and healthy mind to save ourselves from the greatest calamity that is: being unhealthy.
They’re never friendly and happy places waiting rooms. No one visits a waiting room for any purpose; other than to wait of course. I think what’s most frustrating though is usually the overwhelming feeling of helplessness. The outcome we’re waiting for it seems is always out of our control. We see people arrive after us … [Read more…]
The following is my adaption of one of Aesop’s fables: A horse trainer took the utmost pains with his charger. As long as the Spring carnival lasted, he looked upon him as his fellow-helper in all races and fed him carefully with hay and corn. But when the carnival was over, he only allowed him … [Read more…]
Don’t take this life so seriously. Be free. Enjoy. You have only one go at it. Why waste it?
Don’t be confused by my apparent lack of ceremony. I am happy.
I’ve always found having a mid-morning or mid-afternoon nap a little difficult. Although I grew up in an environment where this was the norm, I felt like I was going to miss out on something and so I stayed up…often in silence…or otherwise occupied drawing or writing. These days any opportunity I have to nap … [Read more…]
There are so many distractions in our lives that we don’t have the time to deal with our problems anymore. Increasingly our capacity as human beings to confront setbacks and bounce back is being diluted by a focus on things that don’t [or at least shouldn’t] matter. Maybe it’s just me but I get a … [Read more…]
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before on Ask a Toddler but I love bikes. I love to ride them. I love to look at them. I love to tinker with them [i.e. take them apart and try to put them back together again]. For centuries now cycling has been the carriage of billions … [Read more…]
We all need a holiday every now and then. They help us unwind, reset, clear our heads and start afresh. Holidays aren’t always those that involve traveling away from home. It’d be great if we could drop everything and just leave town for some time but that isn’t always practical. Sometimes taking a holiday and … [Read more…]
We’ve all experienced a traumatic event or stuffed up majorly. Sometimes these incidents are a little worse than others but we’re all still here, sanity intact and physically able to [at least] get to Ask a Toddler to read this passage. When you take a step back [and with the benefit of hindsight] we often … [Read more…]
Albert Einstein was a genius. There is no question about that. According to Einstein we are all geniuses. Can that be the case? Are we being judged against the wrong criteria? Formal institutionalised education imposes a set of rules that tests our ability to regurgitate information that we are told are facts. What if we … [Read more…]
Food glorious food! We’re talking home grown, home made, home baked, full of flavour and made with love. There is no substitute for fresh, homely, culinary mastery. There just isn’t. When you have the luxury and pleasure to grow your own produce, ‘glorious food’ takes on an even more special meaning. It’s an amazing feeling … [Read more…]
They’ve found now that the bacteria in our mouths and stomachs can effect our anxiety and depression levels. Yes, bacteria. Interestingly, this same bacteria is fundamentally different in make-up than our ancestors, believed to be because of our diet. They also know that the bacteria that attaches itself to our skin during birth as we pass … [Read more…]