Summer where art thou?

This is rather topical because in South Africa we are in the middle of Winter. It is not a cold Winter by many people’s standards. We have blue cloudless skies, and on most days we can sit in the sun between 10am and 3pm in shirt sleeves. It is dry though. The grass is brown. Early morning frost burns tender leaves. Evenings are characterised by the haze of veld fires. ...more

The Artless Con-noisseur – A Skit by Vidur Sury

Let’s welcome Vidur Sury back here. He graciously agreed to guest post for me and I am pleased to say it is an enjoyable skit he wrote for a school program....more

I Enjoy Guaranteed Credit Of $86,400 Every Day

And really, so do you, if you believe time is money.Time is that bank which credits each one of us every single morning with 86,400 seconds.You didn’t see that coming? Not even once?Good.So, each day, we get those 86,400 seconds – ours to spend as we like.No carry overs to the next day.If you didn’t use it well, it is all lost....more

The Effect Some Good Old Music Can Have On Your Mood

I admit I am partial to the 60′s, 70′s and the 80′s as my favorite decades and my memories tend to be wrapped around the songs I constantly heard.Today, thanks to the internet, I no longer have to shuffle around my collection of 500+ audio cassettes to make a playlist (yes, I still have them). So I’ve got compilation tapes…and it is all good for when I play my bedside radio (yes, I still have one of those with a cassette player!)…still – the joy of digital music is something else! While my taste in music is eclectic, I am partial to the 80′s rock and pop....more

21 Easy Healthy Living Tips

If there is one word that immensely appeals to me especially in the area of developing healthy habits or healthy living tips, that word is “EASY”.  I do not want to jump hoops and climb mountains to improve my lifestyle – unless there is the view of a placid lake from the top from the vantage point in my log cabin and a big mug of hot strong coffee within easy reach....more

How to Be Awesomer: Stop Believing Everything You Think

My partner forwarded this TedTalk video to me today, Why Aren't We Awesomer featuring Michael Neill....more

Growing the Faith, FREE One Parish App

Shane O’Flaherty has launched his own company called, Growing the Faith.   They created an app for Catholics and have been all over the country working with priests to bring this free app to Catholics....more

Ten things I love about the summer

The warm weather   Grilling...more


Happy Fourth of July to my American family and friends.It's a hot one today.  Nothing like a dripping tap, broken toilet and a mentally ill neighbour having an episode in the morning to set my teeth on edge for the day.  A slow Internet on an even slower PC isn't helping my disposition any.  But I am hanging in there.  I am determined to make the month as per status quo.  I breathe, drop my shoulders, clear my mind.  I close down the browser, shut the computer off and restarted everything.  Success!...more

This is....SPARTAN! (the UPDATED version)

Spartan racing, I mean. You guys know I'm pretty lazy - well, I *used* to be athletic (hum a few bars of Glory Days here) - but now I get most of my sports on the teevee because I am old and arthritic in addition to that lazy thing. ...more