Challenging Prejudice

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Thoughts | No Comments
Challenging Prejudice

Whilst in Tuscany with my gorge wife this month, we got on to talking about first impressions and how prejudices can so easily come to the fore when meeting people for the first time. It’s clear there’s a fine line between, say, angst of falling – an inbuilt response that is a natural safety net […]

Our Generosity Can Change a Life

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Thoughts | No Comments
Our Generosity Can Change a Life

As my regular readers will know, hardly a day goes by when I don’t feel blessed for all the abundance my life has to offer these days. But it was not always so… It’s for this reason I was so moved by (screenplay writer of the Imitation Game) Graham Moore’s short Oscar acceptance speech this week. Despite […]

Is How We Act So Important?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Thoughts | No Comments
Is How We Act So Important?

As my regular readers will know, hardly a day goes by when I don’t feel blessed for all the abundance my life has to offer these days. But it was not always so… It’s for this reason I was so moved by (screenplay writer of the Imitation Game) Graham Moore’s short Oscar acceptance speech this […]

Should we Reassess our Decisions as we Change as People?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Thoughts | No Comments
Should we Reassess our Decisions as we Change as People?

After visiting this beautiful Art Deco bookshop in Santa Rosa on my hols, I got to thinking about the sad demise of bookshops – a sign of the times, I guess. And that, in turn, got me thinking about how one should always reassess their decisions and opinions as we change as people. After all, […]

Taking Time to Reconnect

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Thoughts | No Comments
Taking Time to Reconnect

Like many of you, I imagine, my wife Susanne and I lead extremely busy lives. Home, family, and our passions (mine, the gallery, Susanne, her extremely successful floral design business), so with so much daily input from iPads, TV and social media from the early morning into the late evening, it’s so easy to disconnect […]

A Gift of Appreciation

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Thoughts | No Comments
A Gift of Appreciation

At this time of gift giving, it’s understandable that we rush into decisions about whom to give what. But just this month I was reminded of how the smaller things mean so much. Right out of the blue I received this badge from the lovely Haidee-Jo Summers  It had no real relation to anything, but because […]

Positive Language or Sandal-Wearing New-Ager?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Thoughts | No Comments
Positive Language or Sandal-Wearing New-Ager?

After a friend recently asked for my help finding some solutions with her troubles, I was reminded of my days in Germany in the mid 90s where I was having similar issues. It was there that I learned about how  ‘Positive Language’ (a subject that’s challenging to talk about these days without sounding like some […]

Life’s Valuable Lessons: Accepting Change

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Thoughts | No Comments
Life’s Valuable Lessons: Accepting Change

It wasn’t until my mid thirties that I learn one of life’s valuable lessons: to accept change. We all have an idea of where we’d like to go in life but rigidly holding to that pattern can so often be detrimental to both ourselves and to those around us. Having a goal is essential, of […]

Is it OK to Bask in Me?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Thoughts | No Comments
Is it OK to Bask in Me?

On my way back from the gallery last week, I stopped on the hill for a moment and lay down on the warm afternoon sun-heated meadow. Not a usual occurrence, I’m sorry to say, but one which inspired a moment of deep reflection. Lying there, with my faithful dog at my side, my beautiful wife […]

Transience or Ownership

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Thoughts | No Comments
Transience or Ownership

The subject of transience over ownership has been prevalent to my life for several reasons this month. For example, a guitar, similar to an extremely rare one that was stolen from my music studio in the 80s, turned up online after 25 years and I was tempted to buy it. But why, when I hardly […]