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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


SHADOW

  “To light a candle is to cast a shadow.” Ursula K. Le Guin Shadow is hugely under-appreciated. Shadow protects us from the bad UV light of the burning sun, it gives the things we look at depth and it even gives our imagination something to look into and see […]


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 […]


BREAKFAST

“I’m not a breakfast eater”. Sean Penn– I’m with Sean Penn. The world and his mother will tell you that the most important meal of the day is breakfast, but my stomach never wakes up before 11am and so the most I can manage is a slice of toast and coffee. […]


GUILTY PLEASURE

“I watch schlock telly. Like the ‘Kardashians.’ I love it. It’s my guilty pleasure.” Dawn French- We all have our guilty pleasures and at the moment mine is Disaronno with ice and Coca-Cola. No doubt I have much more but the strange thing is the notion of guilt itself. I’m […]


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 […]


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 […]


VINTAGE

“It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new.” Tony Visconti.- Imagine my surprise when I read that the definition of “vintage” is anything over 50 years old. Therefore when I feel decrepit, which happens more and more frequently these days, I can console myself […]


TINY

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” Henry David Thoreau.-   These little guys were so tiny when they joined or family 3 weeks ago that Dasha’s shoulder only came up to the top of this Diet Coke can. […]


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 […]