Adventures & Insights

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

Tag Archives: Life

If You Were Wondering, So Was I…

Wow – almost two months has passed with nary a peep from me here. I cannot apologise enough for that. If it helps, I am fine. I’m torn between going into immense detail and keeping it simple. I think I’ll go with the latter. The explanation for my absence is, after all, quite simple. After leaving my last job, I moved out of my old unit and went on another Japanese adventure with my Dad. Upon my return there was the excitement of moving into my new place and finding my groove. Now that everything’s settling down (and I have internet access!), it’s time to get back into the blog!

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Learning Lessons With Teachers and Twits.

My brilliant friend Renée over at Lessons From Teachers and Twits is one amazing lady. Not only is she an incredibly talented writer and teacher, she’s also a beautiful human being. Part of her awesomeness is her ability to relate to people, as evidenced by a collaboration project she started a while back now. When Renée sent out the invitation to all readers of her blog to contribute to this sharing of stories, I jumped at the chance. The project is a simple one – Share with other readers a lesson that you have learned and that has stuck with you during your life. Simplicity, I’ve found, often leads to the best and most varied outcomes, as you can read if you check out the posts submitted by other contributors.

Yesterday it was my turn and I am so very excited to be a part of such an excellent community. Without further ado, allow me to direct your attention towards the magnificent blog of Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson who has kindly hosted my reflection on one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned: If we never fail, then we may never know how successful we can really be. This onés dedicated to a music teacher of mine. Thanks, Mrs. Smith.

Just click on Renée’s pic below and you’ll be transported to her blog and my post!

Something Needs To Be Undone.

While I was out walking tonight I wrote and rewrote this introduction in my head. Then I realised that I was manipulating you with it, wanting to explain myself in detail. It’s not my place to do that – especially not tonight. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know two things – that I don’t generally write serious posts and that I haven’t posted in my usual fashion (i.e. regularly) for about a month now.

Tonight’s post was written initially in response to my fryber Renée’s post The Compromise, written earlier this month. I don’t think it was exactly what she was expecting when she asked for people’s stories about relationships that they knew were doomed from the start. I think she was after bittersweet but I am so thoroughly ashamed of this that I can’t even describe it.

Sometimes, when I talk about life with some of my friends, they talk about me being a good, decent guy. I laugh at them and shrug off the compliment because if I was such a good guy – how could I have ever done this?

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I Made A Mistake – Give Me A Nobel Prize!

At the beginning of this month, an Australian Professor by the name of Brian Schmidt was one of three scientists to receive a Nobel Prize for Physics. He was heading up a team of astronomers who were exploring the results of supernovae explosions and their discovery led directly to a Nobel Prize. Naturally, one of our news programs interviewed Mr Schmidt and he explained the research that his team had been doing and the exciting (and galaxy destroying – in however many billion years) discovery that had gained them such enormous recognition.

While the details of the actual research and discovery were very interesting (to some), it was the introduction of the interview that struck me the hardest, clearly identifying me as a forerunner for the next round of Nobel Prizes that will be awarded. When introducing the story, the presenter mentioned that the winners of the Prize initially believed that they had made a mistake in their observations…

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Chinese Food May Well Be The Death Of Me

There may be a killer lurking at this table...

Everybody knows that Superheroes have their weakness. Whether it’s physical or psychological, it balances their immense power. One of the most important things about being a Superhero is awareness of this weakness, even if only to prepare oneself for exposure to it.

As a ninja WordPress psychic, I would say that I fall into the lower range of Superheroes. Certainly not worthy of working alongside the likes of Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman or any of the hundreds of superheroes out there. However, it is important to note that even the lowly Superheroes are subject to the same laws as the big guns.

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Stars of Tomorrow: The Brains

When I saw the most recent happy snaps of my nephews and niece posted on Facebook, I knew I had to post this. Technically, it’s a guest post and honestly it’s the best Golden Book review I’ve ever seen.

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Thumbs Up Everybody – For Rock And Roll!

Happy Friday everyone!

Yesterday was the third annual R U OK? Day here in Australia, a national day of asking a simple question with lifesaving potential. If you don’t want to follow the link, R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide national focus and leadership on suicide prevention by empowering Australians to have open and honest conversations and stay connected with people in their lives. The statistics for suicide and depression in Australia are astonishingly high (geographical isolation doesn’t help when people feel remote enough within a community) and personally, I have nothing but praise for the work that this organisation is doing to encourage us to simply ask a question and remind someone that we care about them. We may not even realise that we might just save a life.

I’m not here to preach though, not today! It’s a glorious Friday morning and the combination of sunshine and warm temperature is like a siren-call to this argonaut who is unfortunately bound tightly to his corporate desk and will not feel the delicious embrace of the Spring today. Nevertheless, it is Friday and there will be no mourning here!

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Cheating – I Do Not Endorse It. Forgery, On The Other Hand…

As a self-appointed life educator, I find that the best way to help educate others is through personal experience. Therefore, I have a confession to make – I have cheated.

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I’m A Fashion Victim!

Image courtesy of Andrés Moreira @ Flickr

You’re probably aware of the collapse of the Colorado clothing brand. Ordinarily, this kind of news doesn’t bother me and I must admit that even this situation doesn’t rattle me much. Having said that though, I was always a fan of Colorado. The brand portrayed an outdoors, adventurous style that appealed to me and I found their clothes to be comfortable and reasonably priced. Obviously now I find myself in a tight spot as far as fashion goes – as someone having a “guy sense” when it comes to style, I’m feeling like a bit of a fish out of water.

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Stage One – Making The Decision.

Image courtesy of David Reece @ Flickr

Over the past few weeks I’ve been out of the writing “zone”. I was entangled in a period of contemplation – one of those “What am I doing with my life?” scenes that pop up on many of us from time to time. Or maybe only some of us, I’m not sure. I can really only speak for myself. In a decisive effort to become the change I wish to see in the World I took action. Being the kind of person who approaches things holistically, I naturally needed to start things moving in a few different areas.

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