Scallywag

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

~ William Shakespeare ~

Archive for October, 2013

There is always room for self-improvement.
Yes, we can get stuck. But we can always do better.

Getting Better

October 10th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 0 secs

There is always room for self-improvement.

There is always room for self-improvement.

There’s more to self-improvement than meets the eye and it’s exciting to know that you can benefit from it too. Read the rest of this entry »

French thinking about happiness.
 

French For Happy

October 9th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 13 secs

French thinking about happiness.

French thinking about happiness.

French thinking can teach us a lot about happiness. On the surface, the French way seems more focused on frivolity and frippery. But don’t let that deceive you. Beneath the tourist industry exterior dedicated to shopping, fun, and frolic, there beats a rather serious heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Even reading in bed is changing.
For many of us, reading has morphed into browsing, just to keep up.

Read Everything And You Might Explode

October 8th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 9 secs

Even reading in bed is changing.

Even reading in bed is changing.

You shouldn’t listen to everything you read. Nor should you believe everything you see on the radio. That kind of advice sounded pretty crazy once upon a time. But now, thanks to modern technology, you can play hyperlinked text and hear what is spoken. Internet radio too, allows you to see pictures relating to what you’re listening to (in case you needed it). Read the rest of this entry »

Happy that you have a coat.
Being thankful ain't some Pollyanna matter.

Stay Grateful

October 8th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 8 secs

Happy that you have a coat.

Happy that you have a coat.

The moment something horrible happens, we stop being grateful. Instead, we can easily turn into picky, cantankerous  grumblers at the drop of a hat. So, it’s almost habitual that we do. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you ever noticed how nasty types do not floss?
Some people can even be nasty with their eyes closed.

Too Much Nasty

October 6th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 52 secs

Have you ever noticed how nasty types do not floss?

Have you ever noticed how nasty types do not floss?

“Eighty percent of people are great. It’s the other 20% that cause most of the trouble”. When I read this sweeping statement, made recently by a Melbourne psychologist, it surprised me. That many? Read the rest of this entry »

Being thoughtfully aware makes life better.
How reflective are the people around you?

Reflective Awareness And The Stone In Your Shoe

October 5th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 4 secs

Being thoughtfully aware makes life better.

Being thoughtfully aware makes life better.

Being reflective, I realized, has nothing to do with the pale color of my skin. While I could probably pull in a rescue plane by the glint off my bright white complexion should I ever be lost on some deserted island, being reflective goes way further than skin deep. Read the rest of this entry »

Here's to the wonders of food!
 

Chicken Parmy Please

October 4th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 14 secs

Here's to the wonders of food!

Here’s to the wonders of food!

You could call it fusion food, though it’s hardly highbrow.  While epicurean snobs push their noses up enough to risk hooking their nostrils on low-slung chandeliers, food will always be far more than status on a plate. Read the rest of this entry »

Successfully raising a family is no mean feat.
What's your version of personal success?

Success In Our Choosing

October 2nd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 53 secs

Successfully raising a family is no mean feat.

Successfully raising a family is no mean feat.

I’m all for having more success. Just as soon as I can get my top off that I put on back to front. It’s going to happen. Any moment now. Read the rest of this entry »

My quirlky folks, posing on their wedding anniversary.
 

Quirky People Are Interesting

October 1st, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 23 secs

My quirlky folks, posing on their wedding anniversary.

My quirlky folks, posing on their wedding anniversary.

Right from the start it was the quirky kids that caught my eye. Here was I at five, wondering what school was and why we had to play with stale Play-doh, and already the weird kids fascinated me. Read the rest of this entry »