September 5th: … reading… off-line… tonight… :)


I first heard of Deborah Rodriquez

during the Emirates Lit Fest 2015 held in Dubai

which I did NOT attend…

Why I am here and Not there!

thou considered

primarily for Debbie’s workshop offered on the Programme

“Female Focus Mornings”


I subsequently acquired a copy of

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul


am engaged… 🙂






Debbie Rodriquez


September 4th: …on the way through the tunnel




Magical Tree Tunnels


September 3rd: Two “Emergency Naps”… today!


Excerpts from National Sleep Foundation on Napping

More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness.

It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children and elderly persons nap, for example, and napping is a very important aspect of many cultures.


Naps can be typed in three different ways:

Planned napping (also called preparatory napping) involves taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. You may use this technique when you know that you will be up later than your normal bed time or as a mechanism to ward off getting tired earlier. 

Emergency napping occurs when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity you were originally engaged in.

Habitual napping is practiced when a person takes a nap at the same time each day. Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day.



Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%.

Naps can increase alertness in the period directly following the nap and may extend alertness a few hours later in the day.

MY Personal favourite: 

Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.




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September 2nd: MORE Juggling of MEDS!


Dropped One… Picked UP Another!

Each Round… slightly different…

figuring in the accumulative factor

…this being Round #4




September 1st: Juggling Meds


The first 3 to 7 days following Chemo…

require a juggling of meds with meals

in the treatment of side effects…

from nausea to diarrhea and /or constipation!


‘Tis a balancing act…

that calls for due care and attention…

to what my body is experiencing!

I get hyper vigilant… FAST!




August 31st: Chemo #4 was a GO… today!


Blood Tests OK’d by The Good Doctor…

The Onc Nurses & I proceeded

with another 9 – 6 regular Day Job…



I have my MEDS!

c/o a reminder to Patient Relations

who then pursued The Pharmacy Lords…



Shall now begin my Chemo after care program…

set out for the coming 9 days… prior to

a follow-up with The Good Doctor on September 10th

DEAL… in the works… 🙂




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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