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Morning after

Posted by Jan on 9 November 2016 | 1 Comments

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The news that Trump will be the US President says something about the shadow side of human nature.

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New Year, new hope

Posted by Jan on 1 January 2015 | 0 Comments

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Dying to be Me

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Christmas Peace

Posted by Jan on 19 December 2014 | 1 Comments

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We wish each other a peaceful and happy Christmas and for many it will be. Family gatherings, shared food and presents, Light tree laughter and fun. Beach picnics are being planned.

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Resilience

Posted by Jan on 30 October 2014 | 6 Comments

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Ever noticed how the one thing that didn't go as well as you would have liked stands out above everything else in the day? How easy it is to keep on kicking yourself for that double booking, that ill-judged joke! To maintain a buoyant attitude in the face of this negative bias - which after all is only trying to keep us safe - develop these three simple habits.

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Spring 2014

Posted by Jan on 6 September 2014 | 1 Comments

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Once again the early birds are waking me with their calls. I can feel the change happening as I'm more ready to get up these mornings and less likely to huddle under the duvets (yes, two in winter!) resisting the sharp bite of a frosty morning.

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More on Gratitude

Posted by Jan on 31 August 2014 | 0 Comments

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What makes you glad to be alive?

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A Smile

Posted by Jan on 22 June 2014 | 2 Comments

Behind the door in the changing room at the pool is a neatly printed inscription: "I was having the worst day until you said Hi". The way the painter has gone round it rather than try to obliterate it makes it even more charming. I can't help smiling to myself.

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Easter Storms

Posted by Jan on 28 April 2014 | 1 Comments

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Saradha arrives from Wellington, queasy from a rough landing. She steadies up over breakfast and we set off for Golden Bay. On the Hill a queue of traffic is at a standstill and a policeman tells us there's a tree down but we can get past it. We carry on, stopping in Takaka to dash across the road in a downpour for coffee and cake at the Wholemeal Cafe.

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Night Swimming

Posted by Jan on 12 April 2014 | 2 Comments

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The sea swim season has ended. No more gathering at the yacht club on a Thursday evening with an anxious knot in my gut, wondering whether I can get round the course among the other swimmers. Susan suggests a gentle swim at the beach after work, in the last remaining days before the clocks change back and the long summer evenings come to an end.

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Drifting

Posted by Jan on 3 December 2013 | 3 Comments

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Anis Ibrahim, the Five Foot Traveller, writes about the dérive, a French term meaning drift. We do it when we stroll about a new town, often lost and hoping to be found again, seeing the streets with the fresh eyes of a tourist.

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