Category Archives: Just wondering

Is it simply impossible to lead successfully with kindness, or even with integrity?

It was 3 short months ago when Rishi Sunak pledged to bring integrity and accountability to the office as he became the UK’s newest Prime Minister.  First of all, that pledge speaks volumes as to what he perceived to have … Continue reading

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Today, believe it or not, is Blue Monday.  Who thinks of these things?!

Perhaps I’m the only person on the planet who hasn’t known about the somewhat off-putting concept of Blue Monday for the past 18 years, but a casual viewing of the captioned news at the gym yesterday morning, while hard at … Continue reading

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Silence can be a source of great strength

It’s difficult to find inner peace these days. The world we thought we knew – at least the bubble some of us lived in – has been disintegrating before our eyes. Nasty politics with questionable policies, chaos in British politics, … Continue reading

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Lessons for a happy life according to dogs – and cats

Time to take another break from thinking too hard and worrying too much about the state of our world. Let’s turn our attention to some of the good things in life, our pets. Lately a heartwarming tale about a young … Continue reading

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Metaphors for life: instead of Oprah’s running, let’s try farming!

“Life is just a bowl of cherries” proclaims one song. And that’s just one example of a metaphor for life. You can find plenty of other suggestions, from a box of chocolates to running (especially that it’s a marathon, not … Continue reading

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What’s your metaphor for life? According to Oprah, it’s running!

Yes, according to Oprah Winfrey, running is not only a good metaphor for life or an appropriate metaphor for life, it’s the greatest metaphor for life. For Oprah, who famously ran the Marine Corps Marathon back in 1994 (when she … Continue reading

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Our relationship with food takes many twists and turns!

Observations about our relationship with food continue to appear regularly in my social media feeds.  Here are a few favourites that I’ve been saving up.  Do any of them offer you any reassurance as to your own preferred eating habits?!

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Did a Google chatbot just “come to life”?

In the news this past week: Google engineer put on leave after saying AI chatbot has become sentient (Guardian) and No, Google’s AI is not sentient (CNN).  What’s this all about?  [For those not familiar with the term, a chatbot … Continue reading

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