Home Is Where The Heart Is

The Red, Yellow And Orange Sky My father built a cottage on a narrow strip of land and surrounded by a calm, blue ocean. He made our cottage with wood; brown, teak and heavy. The doors were painted red, the roof was white. On the roof, my father built a nest. It was a sturdy, wooden nest; a lookout, the perfect picnic spot. This was home. This is why I will forever love cottage style homes and want one for myself in the future if I was given the right


Insignificant Things You Should Be Grateful For

They Are Countless Those who have Liked my Facebook page would have read in one of my several daily posts that I no longer name myself as a Christian. That, however, does not disallow being grateful for some of the most healing, soul-fulfilling hymns and songs. Of particular value to me has been gospel. Hezekiah Walker, a well-known gospel singer and church leader, several songs that have accompanied me across some turbulent crossings. On the other side of those tides, this song is was always on my lips: I am


Taking Back Our Hidden Paradise

The Greedy It seems like it was just yesterday. The sand on the hidden beach was soft, clean and white; the ocean majestic, powerful and pure.  Wild trees grew wherever they liked and exotic flowers bloomed. And on this – my home – descended a business tycoon. He came, saw and bought. The coral, the sea shells and the lives of the crabs that scuttled across the beach became his. He captured the blue parrots, the yellow songbirds – he bought them all. Hidden Alas! How greedy he was! He

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When My World Is Upside Down

The Mind Is Strange I searched the entire cupboard for my costume; where, oh where was it? Does this ever happen to you? Can you see something in your mind’s eye – but just cannot get the edges of the picture to focus and show you where it hides?  The mind is a strange place, beware! Most of it is upside down; it is exhaustive and vulnerable, stubborn as a mule! Just the other day, I spread jam over my eggs. Why did my mind not jump and scream, and


Is Your Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?

Fathomless “It is beautiful, it is endless, it is full and yet seems empty. It hurts us.” ― Jackson Pearce Those words are from Pearce’s book “Fathomless” that, apparently is the third in a series of science fictions novels. While it is not my preferred genre, the title caught my attention and then the particular line quoted above. As we continue our “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Word,” series today’s brief conversation and picture focuses on the ideas of being full yet empty. Have you ever experienced that? Full Heart,


Enjoy Life, It Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated

What I Enjoy I enjoy listening to my customers. I see the spark in their eyes as they discuss their dreams, the blush on their cheeks when they talk about their odd colour choices. In between their (endless) lists of requirements I find out about Bobby’s favourite aunt, Jas’s frustration with her husband, and how long Hazel has been waiting for this baby. I enjoy these nuggets of human emotions, the connection between me and a stranger. And I get to work with all their life in my soul; I’m


Simple Pleasures Of Life Are Countless

As Simple As A Smile Most pleasures of life are simple. The smile of a newborn baby, the first snow of  winter and a cup of hot chocolate before bed. Our society is evolving towards minimalism and simplicity in all matters. Our interiors are transforming from heavy, embellished and cluttered designs to favour clean lines and unobstructed spaces. Gadgets are becoming smaller, thinner and lighter; everything has become one-touch, one-click, one motion controlled. The simplicity of the country life has attracted many a millionaire. Cities seem to be an ever-growing,


Have You Checked The Details?

At The Core “The devil is in the details.” Have you ever heard that saying? When I first did the meaning was somewhat lost on me but not anymore. Actually, not for a long time now. That is possibly the skeptics way of saying what the optimist would, which is “God is in the details.” There are people who do not like getting into the details. This is true especially of many who are on dating sites. Their profiles are huge on fluff but short on details. Regular readers know