August 30th: I want… to be… recycled!


OH… the places one might go… with that line…eh?




August 29th: my word for today… Courage


 “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”


Brene Brown PhD…on the history of the word courage

courage is a heart word

August 9, 2011

If you’ve read The Gifts of Imperfection or I Thought It Was Just Me, you know that I love the history of the word courage.

The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today.

Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”

Over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic.

We certainly need heroes,

but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are,

about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage.

Heroics is often about putting our life on the line.

Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line.

In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary.

About Brene Brown


And this was a day for speaking honestly about what I was feeling…



August 28th: Making a start on De-cluttering my ‘office’…


What it looked like when I first moved in… 3 1/2 years ago…




I have acquired numerous collections of ‘stuff’ since this picture was taken…

and am keen to get back to the basics!

…seeking inspiration on-line… :)


HOW TO De-clutter Your Entire Home… going room by room

This Declutter Guide offers:

Step-by-step instructions for decluttering every room in your home

How to get rid of general household clutter

The reason you might have clutter…

How to declutter by learning to let go…

Tips to declutter your space


pssst… am experiencing flashbacks of ‘back to school’ days…

AND… September is a comin’…


August 27th: 2-Week Long… Emirates Festival of Literature… 1-12 March 2016!


2-Week Long Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Announced for 2016!


We are excited to announce that the 2016 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will now take place over two weeks.

Due to unprecedented author interest, we have extended the Festival to pack in all of our thrilling sessions.

Mark your calendars for 1-12 March, 2016. Details to follow soon.

Emirates Lit Fest Newsletter… 26 August 2015


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August 26th: I LOVE my coffee black & I do NOT drink 8 glasses of water a day!


So imagine my delight

in reading  the following two articles…

offered up by The New York Times… online… :)




The Upshot: More consensus on Coffee’s benefits than you might think.

“Of course, everything I’m saying here concerns coffee — black coffee.

I am not talking about the mostly milk and sugar coffee-based beverages that lots of people consume.”




The Upshot: NO, You do not have to drink 8 glasses of water a day!

“Although I recommended water as the best beverage to consume, it’s certainly not your only source of hydration.

You don’t have to consume all the water you need through drinks.

You also don’t need to worry so much about never feeling thirsty.

The human body is finely tuned to signal you to drink long before you are actually dehydrated.”


 by Aaron E. Carroll



August 25th: The Mind is an-other Matter!


Today’s Post… follows Yesterday’s Post:

August 24th: “The heart is the best kitchen in the world”


The Mind is an-other Matter!

And there’s a NEW film that speaks to this Matter.

A dear friend highly recommends it…

& Disney’s WebPage speaks for itself!


Inside Out Header Image

Webpage for “Inside Out” with Official Trailer


“Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind,

where they help advise her through everyday life.

As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco,

turmoil ensues in Headquarters.

Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion tries to keep things positive,

the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

About the film… “Inside Out”


‘Inside Out’ is currently at the top of my ‘To Watch’ list… :)


August 24th: “The heart is the best kitchen in the world”




Institute for Psychology of Eating


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