Collective Narcissism

WordPress Daily Prompt  —  Narcissism

There are some of us who avoid the news, and some who, for many reasons, have restricted access to news.  I live in a country where the news is very parochial and sometimes it seems that we are caught up in a kind of collective narcissism if the news reported in the mainstream media is anything to go by.     Read more

Going With The Flow

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  —  Liquid

The theme for the WordPress Weekly Challenge theme is “liquid”.  In responding to the Challenge, my main criterion was that the focus of the photo should be on the water/liquid rather than on the other elements within the photo.  I have chosen four very different photos taken by various members of my family, that I think meet this criterion.  I also wanted to post the photos largely unedited.  What do you think is the main focus of each of the photos? Read more

When Am I Too Much For This Place?

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  —  Place in the World

For this week’s photo challenge, WordPress has asked us to explore what it means to find your place in the world.  Where’s your safe space?  Where do you go when you need to feel inspired or cheered up?  Do you prefer the city over a small town?  I have to admit I find this an incredibly difficult challenge because I feel very ambivalent about my place in the world.  I don’t feel safe, or comforted, or any of the things that WordPress has asked us to explore.  I feel that I am possibly too much, that we are too much.  However, I am here.  I live in a wonderful place and I’m grateful for that.  The issue of whether I, and we, can live sustainably is a complex one. Read more

GIFs: No Laughing Matter

A short note to those I Follow and some that I occasionally Unfollow –

Occasionally I do “unfollow” some people.  I just wanted to let you know to please not take it personally, the problem is purely me.  I most often do this when a blogger includes a GIF (I think that is what you call them) in their post, and then it consequently appears (flashing over and over again) in my reader.  I understand that GIFs are meant to make posts more interesting and appealing, but they just do my head in.  I actually start to feel nauseous when they bob about.  It has nothing at all to do with the quality of the writing or your jokes, or that your viewpoint may differ from mine, etc, etc.

Perhaps there is a way to stop the GIFs flashing?

All the very best.

Kind Regards

WordPress Daily Prompt —  Laughter

All Sunshine and No Rain Makes A Desert

The delightful Pauline from Living in Paradise has invited me to take part in a 3-day Quote Challenge.  I’ve made it to Day 3.  Yay!  You can see my Day 1 quote post here and my Day 2 quote post here.  Instead of a final quote, I am going to finish off with a proverb.  You know what it is already, because I have used it as the title of this post:

“All sunshine and no rain makes a desert.”
From an Arab Proverb

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Recycling – what’s in and what’s out

There has been much news recently about China not accepting our recyclable waste. Good on you, China. We need to grow up and take responsibility for our own waste. Booming On has some excellent tips for Aussies, and other planet earth citizens, about what you can do to improve recycling outcomes. She is right on about aluminium too. Want to cut down on carbon emissions? Recycle that aluminium.


Plastic-waste-shutterstock_426187984-72dpiThere’s been a lot of talk in Australia recently about recycling, following China’s unexpected announcement in January it would be taking in far less of ours for processing. They do have over 1.4 billion people over there so they have quite a lot of their own recycling to contend with, but it was reportedly the high levels of contamination in recycling that was the catalyst for their revised import restrictions. It’s now set to ban 24 categories of solid waste – not just from us but the US, EU and Japan as well – in an effort to protect their own environment and public health.

This is sending Australian recycling systems into a state of panic. It’s also putting the onus back on us to work out other or better ways of dealing with our own recycling on our own shores, reducing our contamination rates, or even creating less…

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Gastronomes Celebrate – Quote #2

This is my response to the 3-Day Quote Challenge (Day 2) and also to the WordPress Daily Prompt  —  Bubble.

The delightful Pauline from Living in Paradise has invited me to take part in a 3-day Quote Challenge.  I am up to Day 2 (phew).  You can see my Day 1 quote post here.  Once again, thanks to Pauline for including me in this challenge.  I’m starting to get the hang of it (ie. having way too much fun).  So join me in a gastronomic celebration and share the love around.  Without further ado, here is the second quote:

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The 3-Day Quote Challenge: #1

The lovely Pauline from Living in Paradise has invited me to take part in a 3-day Quote Challenge.  She has invited me to do this because of my self-confessed untidy mind and interesting viewpoints.  I think this is code for being a renegade.  As I mentioned to Pauline when she invited me to take part, I can barely remember the days of the week let alone any meaningful quotes.  I don’t normally do challenges, but this is only three days, and well, how hard can it be to come up with one quote per day?  So, I am going to have fun trying – that is, remembering the days of the weeks, as well coming up with some quotes.  Thank you, Pauline, for including me. Read more