Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

~ Plato ~

Archive for May, 2012

Who says grief over the loss of a pet is anything less?

Pets and Grief

May 21st, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 49 secs

The passing of pets is never easy.

Have you ever lost a pet? We did, yesterday. We said goodbye to Ms Chook, our clever pet hen, who lost her battle with paralysis.  So, we’re feeling sad. As one of our much loved menagerie, we will miss her head-cocked, sharp-eyed, feathery presence. Though she was just a little hen, she was our Ms Chook; a pet who made her mark on the garden, and always said thanks with eggs. So a little bit of grief is spilling over at home and the sadness we’re feeling feels raw. Read the rest of this entry »

Don't you just love calls on hold? They take communication to new heights... and leave it there.

Communication Bingo Anyone?

May 20th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 16 secs

Thankyou for holding. One of our communication facilitators will be with you shortly.

Are you ready to play communication bingo? Press 3 if you would like to continue. Now press 5. To continue, press 8. Thanks for holding. We really, really, really value your call. That’s why we’ve got you on hold. But please, don’t hang up. An operator will be with you shortly… Read the rest of this entry »

Can happy pills sort out our problems?

There are Happy Pills and Happy Pills

May 19th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 32 secs

Can happy pills make life happy?

Forget the dodgy drugs people take to give themselves a kick. Even so-called happy pills medically prescribed for depression get a mixed reception. Why is this? And how can they be so popular if their effects are questioned? Read the rest of this entry »

Does Facebook hurt little kids?

Facebook: Fun or Folly?

May 18th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 14 secs

What do we lose when young kids get on Facebook?

There’s a lot to like about Facebook. But I worry. Call it my parenting gene, or perhaps my teaching gene. Either way, I have ongoing concerns about Facebook and it’s influence on our children. Adults? Well that’s a matter for everyone to sort out for themselves. But kids? That’s a different story. Read the rest of this entry »

Isn't it amazing how much happiness comes from being thankful?

How to be Happy in 3 Places

May 17th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 30 secs

It doesn't take much for me to be happy.

Did I say “Happy in 3 Places”? Actually there’s more. But three will suffice. I like being happy in more of course. But, three will definitely do. You could start with your toes (Have you studied them lately?) and if you do, you’ll notice that they’re having a pretty tough time of it. Surely they deserve better. If you’re kind to these little guys, you’ll find they’ll seem much happier too. Read the rest of this entry »

What does being happy the best way every day involve?

Happy the Best Way Every Day

May 16th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 52 secs

Can you really be happy, pretty muich every day?

Not being a constant optimist, I find some days testing. Which leads me to think: what is the best way to be happy every day? Barring disasters and dreadful events, it’s not that crazy to think you could be happy every day. After all, I believe the main reason we aren’t happy every day is because we decide with feelings. Read the rest of this entry »

Since when do I have "erroneous friends"?

Erroneous Friends

May 15th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 29 secs

What do you mean, erroneous friends?

Who are erroneous friends? Are they the people you know who call themselves friends, but secretly dislike you? If so, you won’t want them. They’re more like erroneous fiends than friends. People who, like Caesar’s mates, would happily stab the sword when you’re not looking. I think we’d all pass on that. Read the rest of this entry »

Here's 3 handy tips from our airline flight schedule shuffle.

Our Airline Flight Schedule

May 14th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 3 mins, 18 secs

Our airline flight schedule panic could save you a lot of pain.

Our airline flight schedule said we’d be flying out with JetRats Airlines at 11.20. No problem. We had hours to get to the airport. Leaving our family reunion on the Queensland Gold Coast, it was time to say goodbye, catch the bus, take the train, and connect to another train to reach the airport. Simple. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you remember the first time? I mean, the very first time you held each of your dear, precious, funny Mother's Day gifts in your arms, all swaddled in cloth? Remember that's how it all began...

Those Funny Mothers Day Gifts

May 13th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 2 secs

We all come into this world as funny little Mother's Day gifts.

Funny Mothers Day gifts come naturally from most young boys. As it happens, Australian and American mothers are celebrating Mother’s Day right now. So Happy Mothers Day to you all! If you’re lucky, you might just score something funny from a son who means well but can’t help but get a little bit confused. Read the rest of this entry »

When you have "one of those moments" all you need is a list of fun questions to ask co-workers. But be warned. They might place you on the loopy list!

How About a List of Fun Questions to Ask Coworkers?

May 12th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 58 secs

Your co-workers are either going to think you've flipped, love you even more, or both.

Here’s a list of fun questions to ask coworkers when you are at a loose end, having a brain freeze, or don’t want to do what you are meant to be doing (But if your boss asks, I didn’t write them and I don’t live here!): Read the rest of this entry »