Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed and I hope you have had a great week. This morning the sun is shining although it is cold. Being close to the south east coast we rarely get snow here, although last year it was an exception and it lasted a week. I know that some of you are facing extremely harsh conditions and whilst I may moan about the rain here in Ireland, we don’t have the extremes of weather that cause havoc.
It has been a busy week offline as I am back to writing everyday, posts for the blog and also new projects. One of those projects is to revive some of the stories and books that were started and then fell by the wayside. Apart from paper copies from long ago, there are also digital files that have been designated to a folder and then forgotten. I am enjoying reading stuff I wrote long ago, including some song lyrics from my 20s that have been lying dormant. I don’t remember the angst that I clearly felt when penning some of them, nor to be honest the people who caused such emotional outpourings! Anyway, some of it will find its way into stories and poetry going forward and at least it won’t have gone to waste.
It is a lesson however, to make sure you do revisit previous stories or poems, as it is amazing how time, age and experience can bring new life to them.
Here are the posts from the week and as always my thanks to the team who contribute such amazing posts and for you for coming in to read and share them.
William Price King shares the life and music of Wee Pee Russell… Jazz Clarinettist
Carol Taylor, who is in the middle of her summer, kindly creates some winter warmers for those of us who are freezing…
This week my guest is American author Karina Bartow sharing her craziest experience, fashion sense and her love of country life.
The R’s of Life – Recognition
As a young manager over forty years ago, I was tasked to manage an established team who were all at least twenty years older than I was. I had already run my own business and also managed good-sized teams in the catering industry, but this was daunting. Thankfully I had been lucky enough to have worked for a wonderful manager, when beginning my career, who had given me a valuable piece of advice. That was to identify as quickly as possible, what motivated an individual member of staff and to develop a relationship based on the recognition of that motivation.
It is 1998 and we move into our new home in Ireland, find the dog of our dreams and I buy a business.. all to the beat of Shania Twain.
This week’s Colleen Chesebro poetry challenge – Freezing and Tempest – My first attempt at a Butterfly Cinquain
The second part of our trip to New Mexico.. with a hike in McKittrick Canyon and a visit to the living desert.
This week the accumulation factor of food and life.
It is very easy to think that a couple of biscuits with coffee every morning and with tea in the afternoon, will not make any difference to your weight.. but the accumulation factor tells a different story. Over a year having four digestive biscuits a day adds up to 32lbs or nearly 15kilos in body fat! Having a healthy diet is not about giving up everything we enjoy, but moderating how much of it you eat.
Now that I have scheduled more time to write, I thought that I might join the many participants of the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge under the dedicated management of Charli Mills. It is a great exercise in brevity and I am looking forward to challenging myself. Here is my response…
Thank you again for being part of my week and for all your support.. thanks Sally.