I’ve found the past week really difficult. And I have absolutely no right to. And I’m certainly not looking for sympathy. It’s all on me. There will people who roll their eyes at this post. There will be some that hate it. I’ve hovered over the publish button for a long time. That’s sort of … Continue reading “Do not fear the opportunity to do better”
I turn 50 today. I’m pretty relaxed about it, but it does feel like something of a milestone. I had thought I might do a ’50 thoughts at 50′ post but, let’s face it, I’d struggle to get to 50 and I doubt you’d want to read them. In musing it, though, I realised there’s only … Continue reading “One thought at 50”
I work in the communications industry. An ability to write well is a fundamental skill. But in every aspect of life we’re communicating with each other far more through the written word than ever before. Email, messaging, blog posts, tweets…even a compelling caption on an Instagram post can bring context and greater meaning to an image. … Continue reading “Three ways to become a better writer”
Things I’ve learned a few months on from losing my Dad.
An old friend told me a lovely story about my Dad a few months ago. I’d completely forgotten about it – indeed, at the time it probably didn’t even register with me – but to my friend is was a small gesture that he appreciated enormously, and held as a mark of what made Dad … Continue reading “Lessons from Dad #3: Little things make a big difference”
I’m not going to claim that Dad had a permanent grin on his face, or was a bundle of laughs all day every day. He could be incredibly serious, a bit stern, sometimes grumpy and had even been known to get a bit angry (though not very frequently). But a smile was never far away … Continue reading “Lessons from Dad #2: A smile goes a long way”
My Dad was organised. I mean, really organised. Almost – dare I say it – to a compulsive degree. A neat and tidy man in himself – how he dressed, trimmed his beard, combed his hair – this neatness was reflected throughout his life. Any papers on his desk would be arranged in a sharp … Continue reading “Lessons from Dad #1: Get your affairs in order”
This is my Dad, John. That’s me on his lap, my Mum and my brother. Dad died, unexpectedly and very suddenly, last Wednesday, the 10th January. We’re not sure exactly why, as yet, but will have the coroner’s report soon so I’ll keep you updated. (We now know that it was a pulmonary embolism and … Continue reading “Lessons from Dad: Prologue”
…but for the previous eight lives she’d have had a lovely time finding out about all sorts of interesting stuff. It’s funny how sometimes a word keeps popping into your consciousness. For me, right now, that word is: “curiosity” (definition: a strong desire to know or learn something). I interview quite a lot of people, … Continue reading “Curiosity might have killed the cat…”
…and why you should be happy about it. I think once every two years is a good cadence for publishing blog posts, don’t you? This post has been prompted by a couple of things. The first is the book I’ve just finished reading (more on that in a bit). The second is an issue raging … Continue reading “Why your doctor should be a bot…”
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