You can do it! You can stop working full-time and have enough to eat, somewhere to live, your basic needs met and enjoy being alive. Trust me, I’m doing it, so I know what I’m talking about. (The tiny house movement is just one example of doing it differently.) I remember the anxiety and fear. Sometimes… More It’s possible! Who needs lots of money to be happy?
Who am I ? Why do I blog? What am I on about? It’s time to review, recharge the batteries, re-connect and go back to the basics. A time to remember what drives me. I blog because I must. For many years I lived with an urge to write. Something inside kept on pushing me to write. Web 2 happened… More It’s been a while, Kate, maybe it’s time for a review.
Six children sitting around my kitchen table colouring in. How did this happen? I’m on a break from full-time work.I haven’t written anything for weeks. I have hundreds of unread emails. My friends are being neglected. There’s gardening to be done, boxes to be sorted and emptied, an entire house waiting to be painted, my… More The best laid plans of mice and men…
Originally posted on TED Blog:
“Public humiliation as a blood sport has to stop,” says Monica Lewinsky onstage at TED2015. “We need to return to a long-held value of compassion and empathy.” Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED. Monica Lewinsky is one of very few people over the age of 40 who has no interest in being 22…
I’ve just read the article published in the New York Times on the 19th of February where Oliver Sacks announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. (My Own Life.) It’s a beautiful piece of writing- moving and provocative, hopeful and inspiring. But then, hasn’t Oliver Sacks always been challenging, moving, inspirational? Oliver Sacks, Professor of Neurology… More Thank you Oliver Sacks.
Bad night. Couldn’t sleep. Feel exhausted and cranky. Don’t want to do anything. Snarl at anyone who looks at me. Have had two cups of strong coffee. Didn’t help. Want to go back to bed, pull the blankets over my head and oblivion. Know that wouldn’t help. My co-houser tiptoes around me. It’s only one… More The other side of the coin.
Sleeping is a beautiful thing. I speak as a person who can’t always manage it. Today I’m singing, chatty, smiling at everyone I meet, happy, positive, busy…I slept last night! I hadn’t realized how badly I was feeling until today when I’m feeling so good. I know with my head how sleep is fundamental. Fundamental… More “Ah, sleep it is a blessed thing.” (Rhyme of the Ancient mariner.)
“Kathryn, you need to be careful. You don’t want to present the wrong image,” so advised one of my friends. I couldn’t disagree. He went on to say, “Be careful you’re not coming across as untidy or disorganized or chaotic or…” Umm, where was he going with this? Then “The image you want,” he continued… More Image? What image?
Perhaps there’s a reason why Wendell Berry’s statement “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire” caught my eye this morning. But I would never be relieved to see my house catch fire and while I know we have too much we are looking forward to sorting… More The Great co-housing adventure continues.
(Or, as Max says in “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Let the show begin!”) Well, it’s almost begun. Angie, my co-houser hasn’t arrived yet, but all her things are here. (Well, except the clothes and things she needs for the next few weeks.) Here’s some of the background to this adventure. Angie and I have been… More The Great co-housing adventure begins!