Notes on matters deep, curious and whimsical.

Inspiration 3: ‘A Sudden Clever Idea’

How ideas are born will be the focus of this third post on the topic of Inspiration. See Inspiration 1 and Inspiration 2 to read about its beginnings, along with environments that nurture it. Born in the dark In myth,… Continue Reading →

Self-Expression, Manifestation and Counting My Stars

Manifesting For the full moon on Thursday, I attended an inspiring Red Tent event. Its theme was ‘Secrets of Manifestation’, a big topic for another post perhaps. We discussed how when we cannot yet have what we want, we find… Continue Reading →

Inspiration 2: ‘A person or thing that inspires other people’

We might feel that we can only be inspired in or by certain environments. Perhaps we want ‘perfect’ conditions to create our art. Yet, inspiration is everywhere. Even in hard times we find inspiration. This is when we make do… Continue Reading →

Inspiration 1: ‘The process of being filled with a feeling or the urge to do something’

Often we think that we know a word, but are we looking at its every facet? A colleague encourages students to consider how it makes them feel and to go with this to work out its meaning. His is a… Continue Reading →

Getting the most out of your language tutorials

Language tutorials usually last for around an hour, yet how can you extend the learning that takes place? I’m going to share my own advice on this, along with what I’ve learnt from my students. Before the tutorial Find out… Continue Reading →

Getting Organised through Tidying: Clothes to Papers

The struggle “If only Amanda could be more organised, everything would be so much easier for her.” said my form tutor, when I was about twelve.  Sometimes I’ve managed it and done it well, yet I must admit my organisation… Continue Reading →

Through Dark Winter

From Summer to Winter Summer energises and its light and heat have always lifted my mood.  In winter, I’ve felt myself falling, like snow.  Yet this year, as I wrote in ‘Loving Autumn and Winter’, I’ve been taking positive steps towards… Continue Reading →

How to enjoy a long bus journey: Dover to Auxerre

The good thing about public transport, as an eco-warrior told me on the delayed train home last night, is that not only is it better for the planet, but you can just chill.  This is exactly what we strive to… Continue Reading →

A short walk and squirrels

My daughter and I went for a shortish walk today.  Down the path through the trees, beside the sloping road to Mailly le bourg du bas (the lower village).  At the bottom there’s a crystal cave…  Or at least quartz… Continue Reading →

A ‘word picture’ of dusk by the river

I’m calling this a ‘word picture’ as I had no camera (I won’t bore you with the reasons why).  So, I was finding alternative ways to record and reflect on our last visit to France. The location here was just… Continue Reading →

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