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    Words about me - Jul 5th, 2012
    I am participating in an online thing where a few people are getting together to chat through a moderated forum run by a grief counsellor. It’s kind of an experimental thing run by the niece of a woman I used to know, and when the moderator went looking for participants, this woman suggested me. [more...]

    Listening for the phone - Jun 29th, 2012
    When I was in high school, my sister (I think?*) wrote a poem that went something like this: [more...]

    A door to nature - Jun 26th, 2012
    Over the past few months, I have realised just how much I miss having my very own front door; a door that I can open up to the great outdoors. [more...]

    They’re braver - Jun 24th, 2012
    A friend of mine sent me a link to a fellow widow’s blog this weekend and I had a wee peek around to see what she had to say. It’s not the first ‘Widow Blog’ I’ve read, and it certainly won’t be the last, but it’s made me realise several things about how un-brave I am at times. [more...]

    I can open doors - Jun 22nd, 2012
    There is a debate that I have with one of my sisters quite often, and since it came up on Facebook again, I’m going to have my rant here. So, you’ve been warned. [more...]

    Toenails - Jun 19th, 2012
    I went back-and-forth about what I should post today and for a brief moment, I even thought that I might not post at all. But then I remembered that I promised I’d post more—in part to prevent myself from withdrawing from society all together. [more...]

    Counting my chickens - Jun 8th, 2012
    A couple of weeks ago, I sat looking at my eggs. They were held in separate baskets and they looked so pretty; so promising. And, as I do, I began to count them. [more...]

    Quiet-ness - May 26th, 2012
    I’ve been quiet again. (Still?) So I feel that I should pop in and say hello, since so often I’m quiet when life is hard and I’m feeling down. But that’s not the case right now. Well, mostly not the case. [more...]

    Sunny days - May 23rd, 2012
    The sun is shining brightly in Scotland today. And I am so thankful for it because it’s made me realise how happy I am right now. [more...]

    Memory sparks - May 1st, 2012
    Triboluminescence is awesome! It used to entertain me as a child and it still entertains me as an adult. Or, to translate into Plain English: It’s awesome when you crunch on a Wint-O-Green Life Savers and it makes sparks! [more...]

    Without regret - Apr 21st, 2012
    OK, I’m going to answer another question from when I asked what you wanted me to write about. The second question was if I believed in having regrets. So, here’s my take on the issue! [more...]

    Heirloom tear drops - Apr 20th, 2012
    Growing up, I always loved to borrow my Mom’s clothing and accessories—the old stuff. I loved her funky dresses and jewellery from the 1960s and 70s, and often dreamed of one day owning it all. [more...]

    A weighty issue - Apr 14th, 2012
    I’m fat. No, that’s not true. That’s so far from the truth that it’s laughable. Heck, I’m not even overweight. Still, I feel ‘fat’(ish). [more...]

    The world is filled with beautiful things - Apr 13th, 2012
    It’s a poetry day again. I don’t know if this is any good, and I may play with it a bit before calling it final, but at least this is a good start. Well, maybe it’s a good start. [Enter humble and embarrassed apology about how sorry I am for torturing you with my poetry here.] [more...]

    Break-less spring break - Apr 5th, 2012
    It’s been nearly a week since spring break started, but it’s been anything but a break! Still, this is what I signed up for so I’m not complaining. [more...]

    Paper bird of happiness - Apr 4th, 2012
    When I boarded the bus today, I was met by a pretty little Origami crane that was perched on the seat next to me. It had been made with someone’s bus ticket and it looked very much like it was there for someone to find. [more...]

    Whisky hearts - Apr 3rd, 2012
    Normally, an empty whisky bottle means a cork without a job. But not today. No, today I decided to rescue the cork from my empty bottle of Glenmorangie and carve it up a bit with my pocket knife. (A tool that every good redneck always has on hand.) [more...]

    Your challenge: Write a letter! - Apr 2nd, 2012
    One of the best joys in my life is personal mail. Letters, cards, postcards, parcels. I just love getting something in the post that doesn’t say I owe money. Not only do I enjoy receiving letters, I enjoy sending them. However, letter writing seems to be a dying art. [more...]

    A productive start - Apr 1st, 2012
    Spring break started on Friday, and by Saturday morning I had created a bit of a to-do list of all of the things I want to accomplish during my week+ break from classes. [more...]

    Spring break - Mar 30th, 2012
    Well, as of 4:00 p.m. I am officially on spring break. Only, that really just means that I’m not going to classes for a week. And, actually, since there aren’t classes on Easter Monday, and I don’t have classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I’m really out of class for nearly two weeks. Yay! [more...]

    Chinese jacks - Mar 29th, 2012
    Today’s post is a random memory and a bit of a musing about Chinese jacks. So, let’s go! [more...]

    Journalist? Blogger? Writer. - Mar 28th, 2012
    I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on a paper that asked if there should be regulations or laws to distinguish between what professional journalists and ordinary citizens can write. And that led me down all sorts of paths, thinking about issues of blogging, journalism, and the media’s general place in society. [more...]

    Summer is near - Mar 27th, 2012
    Summer is near. Very, very, near. And that’s awesome because it means that my jacket is getting a break from service. [more...]

    Ode to a St Patrick’s Day Martini - Mar 15th, 2012
    What’s that? The Martinis! Facebook page is running a poetry competition? Well, how can I resist that? [more...]

    Pinching pennies - Mar 12th, 2012
    As I walked to the bus stop today, I stooped to pick up a two pence coin. It took two seconds—tops. But it made me smile for several moments. It also got me thinking more about the stigma some people put on the act (art?) of picking up loose coins found on the ground. [more...]

    Blue swirls - Mar 11th, 2012
    I started this swirl drawing back in January and have finally finished. Not because I’ve not been swirling, but because I’ve been working on a couple of other swirls that took priority. And now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to send it off to Mom! [more...]

    Random thoughts: Last of the big spenders - Mar 10th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 5: List the top 12 things you can buy with your last $20. This challenge all comes down to interpretation. So, here’s how I’m interpreting it: My assumptions for the list are that all of my basic needs are being met (food, shelter, clothing) and that it’s my last $20 until my next budgeted allowance. [more...]

    Moleskine inspirations - Mar 4th, 2012
    I write. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that I’m a writer. And as any good writer does, I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go so that when inspiration hits, I am prepared! [more...]

    YouTube trails - Mar 3rd, 2012
    I decided to spend the day on the couch in an effort to rid myself of my latest cold. (Two colds since the New Year? Well that totally sucks!) [more...]

    Doing nothing, online - Mar 2nd, 2012
    A little while ago, I told you about my classes for spring semester and how one of those classes included blogging. Well, yesterday I posted my first blogging assignment, and I’m sharing it with you today. (Wow! I can actually hear you shouting with joy over that little fact!) [more...]

    Random thoughts: The wisdom of age - Mar 1st, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 4: Write a story about letting go, where the main character is a factory worker and a locket is a key object in the story. Set your story in an apartment. [more...]

    I [heart] root beer - Feb 27th, 2012
    I love root beer. I really, really do. It’s my fizzy soft drink of choice and I could drink barrels and barrels of the stuff. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Simple pleasures - Feb 26th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 3: List 31 simple pleasures; pick one and write about it. Last year I was challenged to write a list of 30 things that made me smile and I imagine that this list may include a few duplicates, but I will try to keep those to a minimum. [more...]

    Hunger pains - Feb 24th, 2012
    I’ve been thinking about hunger for a few days now—ever since I signed up to participate in Art House Co-op’s ‘The Meal’ project. The project is meant as a ‘shared meal’ around the globe, whilst at the same time bringing the issue of hunger to mind, and has certainly given me a lot to think about. [more...]

    Splashing out - Feb 19th, 2012
    Today I finally broke down and bought a new set of sauce pans. They are light-weight, cheap aluminium pans but, despite that, they are considerably better than the pans that my flat was furnished with. It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing since I first moved in, but I’ve been a bit uncomfortable with the idea of spending my limited budget on something that was more of a want than a need. [more...]

    Free drugs - Feb 17th, 2012
    I’m not new to the Scottish National Health Services (NHS), having had my first experience with them about 10 years ago, but I guess that my American upbringing is just so overpowering that I’m still taken aback from time-to-time with the strangeness of socialised health care. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Challenging things - Feb 14th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 2: Write a list of 10 challenges you’ve faced in the last three months. Pick one and write about it. Wow. Ten challenges in three months? I guess that means I’m going to have to define challenges a little more loosely than I normally would. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Top 50 no-gos - Feb 10th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 1: List 50 things I’ll never do. [more...]

    Cheap [or free] booze - Feb 8th, 2012
    I used to buy expensive booze. I had a collection of fine wines and expensive whiskies. I had top-shelf Cognacs and the best small batch Bourbons. And I wouldn’t have thought twice about opening a $40 bottle of wine for no reason other than I wanted a glass of wine. [more...]

    Heads will [not] roll! - Feb 7th, 2012
    Hey! Guess what! It’s ‘Share a Random Memory for No Reason Other Than It Popped into My Head Day’! Aren’t you glad you stopped by to read such rubbish? Sure you are! So here goes. [more...]

    Random thoughts: A challenge - Feb 5th, 2012
    Two weeks ago I shared a post that was determined by random. It was a great way to find some inspiration for writing and the randomness of it all entertained me. When I was talking to Rebecca today, we decided that we’d have a bit of fun with the format and see if we could help inspire each other with a bit of randomness. [more...]

    Like the back of my hand - Feb 2nd, 2012
    How many times have we been told that someone is so certain of their directions because they know the place like they know the back of their hand? For most of us, I imagine the answer would be countless times. [more...]

    Fun, all wrapped up - Jan 30th, 2012
    I started this post a few weeks ago with the intention of talking about how Starbursts have changed since I was a kid. But I never got around to finishing it because I didn’t really know what I could say on the topic, other than how awesome the new wrapper design is. [more...]

    Blank slate; inspiration sought - Jan 29th, 2012
    I’ve spent the last couple of hours searching for inspiration. For what, I don’t quite know. I’ve found lists of daily adventures, blogs meant to inspire you to write a book, and all sorts of things that would make a prostitute blush. [more...]

    Thankful swirls - Jan 28th, 2012
    As you probably know by now, I’ve found a lot of solace in creating swirls. There’s something relaxing and peaceful about them. I have to admit that my first-ever swirl drawing was rubbish. No, really, it was. But from the time I realised that swirls were my sunflowers, my skills have improved. [more...]

    Crumble-tastic - Jan 27th, 2012
    Today I decided to make a raspberry crumble with a pack of frozen raspberries that have been taking up space in the freezer for three months. The results were crumble-tastic! [more...]

    A random letter - Jan 22nd, 2012
    Today, I decided to let the Internet decide what my post would be. So, I went to Creative Writing Prompts to pick a topic. But I wanted it to be a bit more random than that, so I visited Random.org to pick my topic number. And that number was 109. [more...]

    Got milk? - Jan 17th, 2012
    If you’re American, you may not realise that milk is a very important part of British culture. From the 1946 School Milk Act (an addendum to the Education Act 1944) to Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher and from breast milk ice cream to the order in which one adds tea and milk to a mug, milk seems to be more than just another beverage. [more...]

    The maze - Jan 11th, 2012
    There are countless metaphors for life: It’s a puzzle; it’s a book; it’s a song; it’s a dance; it’s a path; it’s a maze. [more...]

    A slow start - Jan 2nd, 2012
    It’s nearly midnight on January 2nd and I’m finally getting around to writing my first post of the year. I meant to write yesterday and I’ve been meaning to write today, but life got in the way. [more...]

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