When I started blogging, I told all my friends about my blog and I shared my posts on Facebook. But sadly my friends had zero interest in reading my innermost thoughts, feelings and desires. Not even my mother read my blog. Reader, I wept.
However, after a few posts I noticed something very interesting. Complete strangers were reading my blog posts and liking them. Some liked my blog so much that they even followed it. I was a celeb! Continue reading
Happy Saint David’s Day to all Welsh, part-Welsh and non-Welsh people! Continue reading
I was getting ready for my yoga class this morning, when I realized: I can’t do it. I’m just too tired.
Everyone gets tired, but chronic fatigue (CFS/ME) is different. Because normal people rest and then they’re not tired any more. People with CFS can rest and they still feel tired. Before I got CFS I simply didn’t understand this. I know you won’t either. Continue reading
I was out frolicking in the garden this morning before work, and I couldn’t stop myself from taking photos. Although it’s still Winter, there are signs of Spring everywhere. Bulbs are thrusting up through the soil, buds are poised ready to open, and some early flowers are already brightening up the dark days of February. Very soon it will be peak growing time here in the garden, but for now everything is on the cusp, waiting …
In my Live to 100 series I’ve examined various places around the world (the Greek island of Ikaria, the Japanese island of Okinawa, Andorra, Spain, Australia and Iceland) where the population enjoys exceptional longevity and good health into old age, and for each place I extracted a list of rules for healthy living. Now I’m pulling these together to find out what’s common to all or most of these locations. In short, I am about to reveal to you the secret of longevity.
One of my favourite lines in the 1980s soap opera Dallas was spoken by Jock Ewing. “Power isn’t something that you can give,” he sneered angrily at his dim, weak, yet good-looking son, Bobby. “Real power is something that you take.”
It’s a great line, and it encapsulates the idea that power is a conserved quantity. If one person gains in power, another loses. But I don’t think power really works like that. Continue reading
I like words. I believe they should be treated with kindness and respect. It pains me when I see them being abused. Sometimes I even refuse to “like” a blog if I see “their” when it should be “they’re” or “its” when it should be “it’s” or “less” when it should be “fewer”. Continue reading
If I Cut You, Will You Bleed For Me?. Have you ever wondered why we exhibit negative behavior? Click to read more …
I’ve been following Heather’s very interesting blog for a while now, and am learning a lot. I have written about avoiding negative behaviour myself on this blog, but I’m aware that I don’t always do what I say. Sometimes my blog is angry in tone and I write negatively and offend people. With hindsight I realise that I could have approached the same topic positively, rather than seeming to react against things I disagree with.
Interestingly, Humans are Weird also blogged about negative behaviour just recently, so I feel a theme developing. It seems to me that we could all learn to get along much better together, but only if we approach the problem rationally like Heather and actually teach people how to do this. Just wanting to be nice isn’t enough.
Listening to some politicians arguing on the radio this morning, I know there’s a long way to go, so the sooner we get started the better.
A couple of months ago I read and reviewed a book called Dr Susan’s Chronic Fatigue Cure. The book suggested a number of foods that may reduce energy. This is of particular interest to people like me who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Dr Susan suggests that the following foods can be energy-draining: red meat, lactose, gluten, chocolate, coffee and alcohol.
Since I read the book, I’ve been carrying out a scientific experiment on myself, to see if these foods really do have an effect.
The Greek number myriad means literally ten thousand, and that’s roughly how old our civilization is. 10,000 years ago, the ice sheets were retreating across Europe and North America to be replaced by forests, and in the Middle East the first civilized people were learning how to farm.
That may sound a long time ago in comparison to a single human lifespan, but as civilizations go, we are still in our infancy. That’s why I’ve decided to celebrate our first myriad. Continue reading