30 Ways to get Inspired

Assurance Aigbodion shares what he feels are 30 ways be inspired. I am sure that you will agree with them all and perhaps would like to head over and add what you find inspiring.. I think he has most things covered which is a great start…

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We need inspiration everyday of our lives. There are many ways of getting inspiration, but I’ll be reviewing 30 of them. I’ve tried about eighty percent of them and they’ve worked perfectly for me. I believe you are going to be inspired after reading this post. So let’s get started. We can get inspired by the following:
1.Reading this post.

Knowing thirty ways to get inspired all begins with this. You are reading this post to get inspired, so I decided to make it the first way of getting inspired.

2. Reading Biographies.

Reading biographies gives us information about the secret behind the successes of great people. This works perfectly cos we try to emulate the good characters of successful people.

3. Staying around successful people.

Having successful people around us makes us very lucky. Having discussions with them will enable you have an idea of what it feels…

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A Little Space…..Please!

I have just added another world to my Saturday morning reblogs.. The world of Patrick Dykie – today a discourse on the subject of personal space ( apparently has official measurements), and the various places we might find that personal space invaded.. Like supermarket queues, elevators and on the subway. I found it almost unbearable in London on our last visit for a weekend. People were everywhere and definitely up close and personal. I used to love that when I lived and worked in the city… but we have got used to rural isolation over the last 18 years or so and I had not realised what a stressful experience it can be day in and day out. So how about you? What do you feel about being up close and personal with your fellow man or woman.. I am sure Patrick would love to know.. but don’t get within 14 inches.. unless you are female.


Things That Bother Me-Intrusions Into My Personal Space

Is it just me, or is the concept of “Personal Space,” disappearing from modern society? I read that personal space, is defined as the region surrounding a person, which they regard as psychologically theirs. It is an invisible bubble that forms an imaginary barrier, that if crossed, will induce feelings of discomfort, anger, or anxiety. It may even bring about defensive body language, such as: crossed arms, a frown, reduced eye contact, and often a downward gaze. That’s interesting. The exact same thing happens to me, whenever my mother-in-law is in my face, and dressing me down for something. I know she’s messing with my personal space. I just don’t have the courage to confront her.

Recent scientific analysis, and multiple research studies have determined that for Western societies, there is a definitive and measurable area that people consider their personal space. Estimated averages show it being 24” on either…

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Milestones along the Way – The Tin Chapel Men and by Hook or by Crook by Geoff Cronin

The Tin Chapel MenIn my father’s day there were many crusades against the demon drink, in fact there was a slogan popular with politicians of the time, “Ireland Sober, Ireland Free”. Hence it was no surprise when a company of evangelists appeared in local halls around the country, preaching about the evils of drink among other things. They were known variously as The Hot Gospellers, The Sankey Mudie Men and The Tin Chapel Men. Incidentally, men whose surnames were Sankey and Mudie were associated with this movement.The modus-operandi was the same wherever they appeared. A local hall would be hired and leaflets advertising a free evening lecture distributed around the town and free tea and biscuits might even be suggested. So the hall would be peopled by a selection of layabouts, drunks and those who had nothing better to do and the meeting would begin with one of the preachers speaking about the evils of drink.

Source: Milestones along the Way – The Tin Chapel Men and by Hook or by Crook by Geoff Cronin

Announcing the Launch! Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

For the fans of the world of Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam.. hold onto your fairy wings because for just one week you will be unable to enjoy the serial.. Instead you can share the celebrations for the launch of another of the very popular Three Things Serial stories. Murder at the Bijou is now available and if you are one of five very lucky winners… you get to download FREE. Head over and get the details of Murder at the Bijou and the links to buy.

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We now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming.  Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam will return next week.

Finally!  Wheew!  I’ve been almost ready with this for months.  So I’m dropping everything to tell you about it.  Also, a pos-i-lutely huge thank-you to everyone who agreed to be part of this book launch.  Ya’ll are the cat’s pajamas!

Announcing the Launch of
Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

Introducing the second “three things” serial, in novel form Murder at the Bijou — ThreeIngredients I

Bijou front only 2Yes, that’s the cover.  (I love making covers!)  I kept it similar to the one for the first serial,The Three Things Serial Story, but with different 1920s photos.


My apologies everyone — I tried to limit the giveaway to just my followers, but it clearly went public anyway, and blew right through it. (I’ve noticed many of the same…

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Meet Guest Author, Miriam Drori…

Meet Miriam Drori who is the guest of Chris The Story Reading Ape. Miriam is the author of a number of books but one that is close to her heart is being released soon. Social Anxiety is something that many people experience and yet it has only recently been identified as a condition. Head over and learn more.

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Following my Passion

Question: What’s the connection between my passion and social anxiety?

Answer: Both of them grew on me without my noticing. Both have remained with me. And one relates to the other.

How come?

As a child, I was outgoing and always wanted company. But company didn’t want me, especially if it was made of other children. I learned to hide my emotions from them and gradually refrain from talking to them as much as possible. That’s what led to social anxiety. I didn’t know it was coming and certainly didn’t want it. No one does. No one chooses to have social anxiety. It comes upon you when you’re not looking and takes over.

Decades later, I discovered the name, social anxiety, and with it, a world full of people with similar problems and feelings – people struggling in similar ways to me. And I realised how common…

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Historical Saturday New Release: “A Hundred Tiny Threads” by Judith Barrow

If you had not already noticed, it has been a red letter week for Judith as she releases her long awaiting prequel to her Howarth Family Series. Christoph Fischer helps launch the book in great style.


HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY – ‘A Hundred Tiny Threads’ by Judith Barrow – the prequel to the Howarth Family Series was published a few days ago. Starting in 1911 over the years we uncover the threads that bind Winifred and Bill together.

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds
of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.”
Simone Signoret.

I had the good fortune to be able to attend the packed launch event of this long awaited book at Waterstones in Carmarthen.

You can read all four books in any order, they are stand alone books but as we discussed this issue with Judith, the consensus was that reading them in the order they were written might be the best option.

I’ve been a fan of Judith’s amazing stories and her lovable persona for years and enjoyed joining her large group of readers and supporters…

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Papaya Salad…. one of Thailands iconic dishes.

As I head off into the kitchen to grab a glass of wine and relax for the evening.. I will leave you with another of Carol Taylor’s recipes.. I am used to ripe papaya but here Carol shows you how you can incorporate green papaya into your savoury dishes. #recommended

Retired? No one told me!

Papaya Salad Som Tam

Papaya Salad or as it is known here, Som Tam.

One of my favorite dishes which is eaten with nearly every meal and sold everywhere on markets, by the roadside with lovely chicken or fish and a dish that I would say every visitor to Thailand will sample and remember.

You will see the trees growing everywhere in gardens, by the roadside and waste land we have at least  6 in our garden alone and not sure how many on the farm and have planted one outside our house so that anyone passing can help themselves.

The papaya tree laden with fruit:

Papaya on tree

For those of you who are not lucky enough to be able to buy green Papaya then here is the recipe for you and some alternatives if you can’t buy green papaya.


A Green Papaya…1 papaya unless you are making a huge dish full will make at…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – New books released by Judith Barrow, Dariel Raye and Mary Clark

About A Hundred Tiny ThreadsIt’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

Source: Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – New books released by Judith Barrow, Dariel Raye and Mary Clark