This week parenting came to the forefront of my mind as I am now the proud owner of a 14 year old. You here virtually every single person that has a child say it that time goes so fast and my god it does. Where we are now is a good place, in her 14 years she has had to go through and process a lot. I don’t know if she remembers her mother and I together, revelations with her telling she remembers getting her ears pierced would now lead me to believe she does remember because that memory she … Continue reading EDITORS WEEK


It’s never been lost on my how important good friends are and I consider myself very lucky to have the friends that I do. We all have ‘friends’ but there is always those that are more than that, people with a deeper connection and stronger purpose. This is usually and should be a small circle, a core of friends that know you, understand you and taking all that into consideration still tolerate having you around! Speaking for myself and with my friends, I love them. We all bring something different to the table but are all on exactly the same … Continue reading EDITORS WEEK


When you’re told, “Listen!” by someone, most often you think, “I need to hear this.” Listen to your teacher’s instructions; listen to your parents’ rules; listen to the information your friend is sharing. But listening is so much more than hearing. It’s what happens when we not only open our ears, but also open our minds – and sometimes our hearts – to another person.  “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” Larry King Good listening isn’t something that we should limit to … Continue reading BE A GOOD LISTENER


Giving up alcohol completely is no easy task. After all, cracking open a frosty one or pouring out a dram of your favourite whisky at the end of a hard day’s work is one of life’s great pleasures. It is, however, a pleasure that can hit your health hard if you overindulge. It would seem that many people are taking the health risks of alcohol on board, with 13% of adults saying that have stopped going for a drink with one friend because they believe that pal drinks too much, according to research from Macmillan Cancer Support. The research also … Continue reading SOBER OCTOBER


Too often the trend in our society is for people to be separated from either other, to be cut off from the great mass of humanity, and in doing so to be dehumanized a little bit more with each step. Cars have taken us off the streets, where we used to greet each other and stop to chat. Cubicles have taken away a bit of the humanity in working, as have factories and even computers to some extent. Television has planted us firmly in our living rooms, instead of out with other people. Even movie theaters, where many people get … Continue reading YOUR FELLOW MAN


So there I was on the train home, flicking through the socials as we all do when I encountered a post that pretty much made me stop in my tracks and got me thinking. So firstly, applause to the post because it did exactly what we hope every post does. It got my attention and it held it. So much so that I made it a topic of conversation with my 13 year old daughter when I got home. After all, the post would be deemed to be very relevant to her age bracket. The post itself? Well here it … Continue reading EDITORS WEEK IN REVIEW