Thursday Thort: Not real

The magazine image had called to me on a deep enough level to engage my emotions.  Writing "not real" was the physical manifestation of my emotional reaction. The message in the "Little Miss Perfect" essay. The validation I felt.  They needed my conscious attention.  Why?

Living joyfully: My Simple Abundance Journey

Have you ever read a book that you come back to again and again? "Simple Abundance: A daybook of comfort and joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach (pronounced “Bon Brannock”) is the non-fiction book that I return to over and over again. Read about my relationship to this comforting book.

Living joyfully: Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

I love how the English language works - it's rules and inconsistencies, it's rhythms and cadences. I love that it's a hodge-podge of words "borrowed" from other languages and how new words are constantly added to it. John Koenig makes up his own words to help us express our unarticulated feelings. Read more...

I don’t need to do that anymore

Whilst having lunch with a friend from Australia, I apologised for not eating the tomatoes in my salsa. She remarked, "you know, you don't need to do that anymore". "What do you mean?", I asked, laughing. "Apologise for not wanting to eat something." "I’m 60. I don’t need to do that anymore” She went on … Continue reading I don’t need to do that anymore

365 photo projects and daily well-being

I was thrilled when someone on the 365project.org community drew our attention to a recent academic article called “The daily digital practice as a form of self-care: Using photography for everyday well-being” in the journal Health. The thrust of the article is that the practice of doing a 365 photo project has complex benefits and can be linked to the improvement of everyday well-being. For a long time, I've had my own thoughts about the benefits of these types of projects, and whilst they are not a cure-all for everyone, I certainly have had only good things to say about them. I really believe that my life has improved because of my ongoing project.