On Reflection

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Desire to be published killed her writing ability

When my children were younger, I wrote them an original story about four children. The characters in the story were loosely based on them...
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My new tattoo – what the hell was I thinking?

I don't know why I put a question mark at the end of this title. I know the answer. I recently took leave of my...
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Let us reclaim words not smiley faces

New member, Sarah, dropped into our inbox and we were immediately captivated with her very ? blog. In this featured post, she dissertates (is...
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Empty nest syndrome

Empty nest syndrome can hit us in unexpected ways. As you'll see from a post I wrote recently on my old and new blog, I...
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Trust issues

A featured post this week by Kym ('A reflection on trust') inspires this week’s writing prompt. When someone has my trust, there is little I...
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A reflection on trust

I’ve been to a couple of events this week that have got me thinking about trust. The first was called No Dust and was billed as an...
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A summer fling with memory

On the posts we've seen on the summer holidays, this one stood out as it ambled along the summer days of memory and selective...
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Pulling the trigger on trigger warnings

I don't often use the term ‘Trigger warning’ in my blogging, and when I do the topics are usually ones that may get some readers heading...
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The face in the mirror

‘Sit in front of a mirror,’ Post-40 Bloggers said. ‘Write about what you see,’ they said. ‘Be honest,’ they added. So here I sit, looking into a...
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A list of six things to do before I’m 60

I love a list. (Me too, Niki. Ed) They are everywhere in my life. On the fridge, on the desk, in my diary, in...
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Only allowed to take 5 memories with you

This is my response to the incredibly hard writing prompt we set recently. It has not been easy. I did think about taking a...
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Life IS short – eat the damn cake

Having been through an unexpected “Oh God, what if?,” experience myself recently, the whole life is short adage becomes more than a clichéd quote....

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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...
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Do you wonder what your true calling is?

This question of a true calling, the purpose upon which we were put on this earth is one that has gnawed at me in...