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One man's adventures in the physical and intellectual worlds…

Category Archives: Practicing Courage

42… And Then Some

I’ll happily admit to being a late bloomer, behind the times, or any other term that refers to someone or something being slow or out of sync. Like any human beings, I’ve failed at least as often as I’ve succeeded – and like many human beings my successes have, for the most part, been less spectacular than I’d have liked. Oftentimes they could easily be mistaken for failures, given the circumstances. Luckily, I have been blessed with the capacity for wisdom, and this year in particular has been fruitful in that regard.

Image courtesy of Alan O’Rourke

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It’s Been a Big Year – Change is Still the Only Constant

This may be the last blog I post here – the creativity and desire to express myself that I’ve enjoyed since the beginning of this writing adventure have waned. I can’t pinpoint the reason; it may be a loss of belief in myself,  the medication, or it may just be time for change. Whatever it is, I just didn’t want my previous post to be the last. In case I don’t come back here for a long time, I want to keep the vibe positive.


So what have I been doing all year? I clearly haven’t been blogging. Let me fill you in…

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2012 – End? Or Beginning…

Many people make resolutions whenever a new year rolls around. I’m not one of those people. I’ve always believed that any given day of the year is as good as any to change something, commit to something, try something new – you get the picture. This year is no different for me; well maybe a little different. Last year I made a few decisions about changes that needed to be made in my life. Instead of just making those decisions and then sitting back expecting things to fall into place (like I have in the recent past), I also committed myself to taking the necessary action and continuing until each goal has been achieved. I stepped courageously into 2012 with a renewed vigour and energy, excitedly anxious about the adventure I was determined to begin living.

Without even realising it, I started my new approach just in time for the awakening of my Chinese spiritual counterpart. If you don’t follow Chinese astrology, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. An awesome friend of mine, Leanne Shirtliffe, gave her understanding of the personality of a Dragon in a recent blog post that I found to be extremely fun to read. (Let me just say also that if you pop over there and read a few more of her posts, you will find yourself the blissful recipient of many a belly laugh.)

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Nutella May Not Lead To Nirvana, But It’s A Start

Tastes heavenly - may not get you in the door though.

February 5th was World Nutella Day. I love Nutella and I was struck with inspiration upon learning this because I had also read that today was apparently Parinirvana Day. I was hoping to tie these two exciting days together to form a hilarious theory (without meaning any disrespect at all to Buddhists everywhere) that Nirvana is reached through digestion of Nutella.

Sadly though, my need to check my facts led me to two disappointing truths:

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The Things We Do For Love

In Australia today, news was surprisingly slow. Or this one particular story was so amazing that it warranted almost a whole day of dedication from electronic media. You decide.

Olivia – Do You Remember Steve Tucker?

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Lending Cupid a Hand

You might find this hard to believe, but I know a thing or two about romance.

At high school I was part of a small but very effective team of Love Doctors – not by choice but by necessity. My friends were suffering misread signals and lamenting lost opportunities; I could not stand by and do nothing to help. So I donned my emotional scrubs and got to work. While we were unable to save everyone, we had some very successful outcomes during the life of our practice. This post may mark the beginning of a semi-regular revival of that practice.

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I’m Getting Too Cold For This…

From small and simple to simply extravagant, we celebrate the birthdays of friends and family in many different ways. This year, to mark the occasion for two good friends of mine, I chose to participate in a ritual dunking the likes of which I have never experienced before. And it will most probably happen again.

Everything began innocently enough. I arrived at Cable Ski World on a clear and sunny Sunday and was soon relaxing in familiar company. As we all talked, we watched other skiers as they maneuovred their way around the lake before us, drawn by a wire attached to a motorised cable hook.

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Karaoke Is My Kryponite

On any given night out there will always be a point when I mention karaoke. The suggestion is usually followed by a lot of nodding, beaming and sometimes even jumping up and down. When I do that, my friends usually just laugh.

I’ve not always been a karaoke lover. It took me going to Japan to break open the shell of petrification that quickly surrounded my entire boy whenever anyone proposed singing in front of others. Of course, I’ve never had any reservations about other people singing – it was just never really my thing.

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