• SOAPBOX

    THE FAILED GENERATION

    PHOTO: Franklin / AP “I was a child in the sixties Dreams could be held through TV With Disney, and Cronkite, and Martin Luther Oh, I believed, I believed, I believed Nanci Griffith – It’s A Hard Life I’m in my mid-fifties and I was a child of the sixties. I grew up with the momentum of foreign protests igniting protest…

  • SERIES,  THE BIG BOOK CHALLENGE

    THE BIG BOOK CHALLENGE – UPDATE

    Okay so I’ve wracked my brain to come up with a list of books for the Big Book Challenge (see my earlier post for details). Given the fact I have two years to complete the challenge I’m sure some of these will fall by the wayside, but a good start is half the journey as they say. So here they are…

  • SOAPBOX

    TIME

    “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Nelson Mandela. It’s totally subjective I know but in my opinion I think you have to pass the point where you know for a fact you don’t have as many years ahead of you as you have behind you before you really understand…

  • FLUFF

    SELFIE

      “Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner.” Oxford English Dictionary – I tried to take up a 365 Selfie challenge once and made it all the way to day 40. It just didn’t make sense to me after a while. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have any problem…

  • SOAPBOX

    BROKEN

    “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass- It’s a wonder humanity ever became the dominant species on planet Earth when you think about how fragile we really are. Quite apart from the physical fragility we display in comparison to other creatures, the effect mental damage can have on us should really make us…

  • SOAPBOX

    BEFORE / AFTER

    “In many ways, history is marked as ‘before’ and ‘after’ Rosa Parks. She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down.” Jesse Jackson.- Have you ever noticed how people are always smiling in the ‘after’ photo for makeovers? Maybe if they smiled in the ‘before’ photo they wouldn’t need the makeover.…

  • PLACES

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK! (Challenge #6)

    New York City, USA is the place I would like to see most of all for a number of good reasons and here they are (in no particular order). I’m a shopaholic and would love to roam through the department stores and shopping thoroughfares of the Big Apple (preferably with someone else’s credit card!). I was raised on TV cop…