The Happiness of Pursuit: A Lesson from Hector

Its International Happiness Day, so I thought I’d reshare this post from 2015… Life has certainly changed for me since then! Please don’t like or comment on the reblog – hop on over to the original post and say hello!

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Ask those around you what their ultimate goal or ambition is and most will inevitably give the same answer: to be happy.

It’s something that everyone seems to aim for, and yet, nobody can give a specific definition as to what happiness actually is, predominantly because it means something different to each individual. It can’t be measured or compared. I see endless amounts of blog posts about it on a daily basis – where to look for it, how to find it, lists of advice and projects to achieve it. Indeed, I’ve done a number of these sorts of posts myself. I also have no doubt that I could visit my local bookstore or go online and find thousands of books on the same thing. So many of us, myself included, are constantly reflecting on our existence and making a conscious effort to examine the levels of happiness we…

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Coming Out Of The Closet #LGBT

Beautiful and honest post from Hugh – please don’t like or comment on my reblog, hop on over to Hugh’s Views and News and say hello!

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One the biggest regrets of my life is that I never sat down with my Mother and told her that I’m gay. I chose, instead, the easy option of writing to her and telling her that her oldest son was a homosexual.

Facing Mum for the first time, after writing that letter, I was very nervous as I travelled to where she lived. I hesitated several times before walking up to the front door, ringing the doorbell, and announcing my arrival. What a shock I got when she came towards me with open arms and, as she gave me one of her wonderful hugs, hearing her whisper the words “I always knew you were gay, I don’t know why it took you so long to tell me.”

Mum & Hugh Me and mum. Taken sometime in the 1980s, just after I had told her I was gay.

Not all my family were like…

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Wednesday Wander – Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Italy

Really enjoyed this post from Helen – Pisa is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go! Please don’t like or comment on my reblog – hop on over to Journey to Ambeth and say hello!

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pisa-2For this week’s Wander I’m visiting one of the most recognisable structures in the world – Italy’s famous leaning Tower Of Pisa.

When I took the photos out of the album I noticed I’d written ‘everything leans!’ next to the images, and I do remember that being true. The Cathedral and Baptistry were also slightly off-kilter, though it is the tower that demonstrates the most profound lean.

pisa-1Construction on the tower started in 1173 and took nearly 200 years to complete – this is partly because of wars halting construction for close to a century. Built of white marble, the tower started to lean during construction, due to inadequate foundations on ground too soft to support the tower’s weight. When construction was halted due to war the tower was only two floors high – this delay allowed the soil beneath the foundation to settle and stabilise, so when building resumed…

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* Catching up

Katherine has been away from blogging for a little while, so her blog needs some love! Please don’t like or comment on the reblog – hop on over to Teachezwell and say hello!

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I’m sorry that I’ve been hit or miss with my blog for awhile now.  Medical issues and work have derailed my best-laid plans.  Here are a few updates on my life.

This week, I spent quite a few hours programming Communicator 5 on a Tobii Dynavox I-12+ device.  The I-12 is a terrific stand-alone eye gaze device with a sturdy case (gorilla glass), amazing technology, and a Windows 10 operating system.  tobiidynavox-iseries-i12-1920x1080.jpgCommunicator 5 is Tobii’s intuitive program for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  With the handy, downloadable manual, it’s a snap to set up a cool homepage with lots of links.  Granted, I still have to fix a few flaws, but I’m pleased with how user-friendly this system is.  For kids who need a voice, Communicator 5 can be a game changer.

Speaking of games, my nephew Christopher has a new game plan: “Never let Aunt Katharine catch me for a hug after church.”…

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Final Reminder – Win a £100 Amazon Gift Card In The ‘Glimpses’ Competition

It’s your final chance to enter Hugh’s incredible competition, where you could win a £100 Amazon gift card!!!

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To celebrate the launch of my first book. Glimpses, on December 1st, 2016, I also announced details of a competition where one lucky winner will win a £100 Amazon gift card, and five runners-up will each get a £20 Amazon gift card.

All you have to do, to be in with a chance of winning, is answer the following question, solve its anagram, and complete a tiebreaker.

Question: In the story ‘The Easter Bunny’ what is the name of the toy maker of the soft toy Denise decides to buy for her daughter and what is the toy maker’s name an anagram of?

Tiebreaker: Using no more than another 15 words, complete the following sentence:

I enjoy reading short stories because…

Email your answers to, no later than 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 28th February 2017, ensuring you enter ‘Glimpses Competition’ in the subject line.

Click here for a clue to…

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50 Easy Steps to Make Life Better

It’s Monday morning, the most depressing time of the week for some, so it thought I would reshare this…

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Easy steps and life hacks

This was a list of physical, psychological, financial and emotional things that I created a couple of months ago to make life that little bit easier… and it really works. Of course, it’s impossible to do all of these in a day, but I have broken it down into smaller chunks – I’ve found that incorporating things into a daily routine, while occasionally adding in a few extra tasks makes day-to-day life easier and good for the soul.

1. Find a mantra. I have one that I refer to regularly during difficult times: Create a life that you don’t need to take a vacation from. This is what drives me in almost everything that I do.

2. Learn the power of no, and recognise what you do and don’t owe others.

3. Declutter. Be ruthless. Anything that you haven’t read, worn or listened to in a year serves no…

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From The World Of Blogging – Edition 2

Great round up from Hugh – the ‘World of Blogging’ series is a new feature… Please don’t like or comment on my reblog – hop on over and say hello to Hugh! He doesn’t bite… much.

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Lots to report in this edition of this new feature for 2017. If you missed the first edition, then you can read it here.

From The World Of Blogging

Featured Blog Post

Judith Barrow is an author I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times. I was so pleased to see that Judith has started to share her experiences of various guests who have stayed at her holiday apartment again. When she first published some posts about the goings-on’s of some of the guests, I told Judith that the series would make great Sunday evening viewing on the BBC. Read Judith’s latest post of what goes on in the holiday apartment attached to her home by clicking here. I guarantee her story will have you laughing.

Blogging Tips Featured Post

My referrals to some great blogging tips posts in the last edition of ‘From The Blogging World’ were a big hit with many…

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Wednesday Wander, Sacre Coeur, Paris

Paris is one of my favourite places and I loved Helen’s account and pictures of the Sacre Coeur… Please don’t like or comment on my reblog – hop on over to Journey to Ambeth and say hi!

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sacre-coeur-1It’s my birthday in a few weeks’ time, and I’m very excited about it. Not so much for the event itself – I mean, I still quite like birthdays, but they do seem to be adding up in recent years. The reason I’m so excited is that one of my best friends from Australia is coming for a visit, and she and I are going to Paris for the weekend. We’ve booked rooms in a charming small hotel where we’ve both stayed before, although not at the same time, we have seats on the Eurostar, and really, it’s going to be lovely.

The hotel we’re staying in is not far from the Montmartre district and the imposing dome of Sacre Coeur. There is also a nearby street market where, last time I visited, oranges still with their leaves were piled high on tables, while the scent of fresh bread and…

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