Kindness Challenge – Week One


I have so much to share, but today, this re-blogged post from Cauldrons and Cupcakes supersedes it all. xxx

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Image from Reem Writes Image from Reem Writes

“What this world needs is a new kind of army — the army of the kind.” ~ Cleveland Amory

Hello Friends, and welcome to Week One of our six week Kindness Challenge.

To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. The beneficiaries of our acts of kindness for Week One will be strangers.

Of course, if you choose to do this activity more than once, or to work on one each day that’s absolutely fine as well. In fact, it’s wonderful. 🙂

Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!

  1. Give a smile and a warm hello to someone in the street.
  2. Wave and say thank you to the man or woman holding the stop/go sign at the roadworks or pedestrian crossing. (There was an especially grumpy man who does this job at a major roadworks near me…

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24 Hours


Yesterday I woke up feeling ill. My specialist has put me on a new medication, and I know I have to give myself time to adjust. It was bitterly cold and the sky was grey. Someone had smeared the sky with charcoal. My stomach was distended as the endometriosis grew, fed by this new drug,... Continue Reading →

In Defence of Fairies


Cauldrons and Cupcakes

The Forest Fairy – Image by Josephine Wall

Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom.  It is as true as sunbeams.  ~Douglas Jerrold

Those of you who know me will also know that I believe in fairies.  In fact, you’ll know that I count a fairy as one of my dearest friends.

I found myself in an odd position on the weekend. I’m writing a novel with fairies as some of the main characters. And someone I hold in esteem told me that writing about fairies was not only unimaginative, but that children were no longer interested in such things.

Hmmm, I thought to myself.  I know I’m not a child but I’m interested in fairies.  And many of my friends and clients are too.  In fact, whenever I write about fairies I get flooded with enquiries about them, and how people might get to know one or…

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A Buried Treasure of Emerging Seashells


A stunning piece on infertility and the road to healing.

Ever Upward™

The house had a seashell room.

The entire ceiling of a bedroom was decorated with a mosaic of seashells and mirrors.

Picture frames made of shells.

Lamps filled with more shells.

Glass tabletops filled with even more shells.

Then we found the moldy boxes full of seashells, at least four of them, buried in the basement.

They loved seashells.

As we cleaned out the house, we threw them all out, along with their years of painful hoarding and our years of three lost babies and a lifelong dream.

And yet, we see seashells every day.DSC_1658

And, I feel my lost babies every day.

The shells continue to come up in a certain part of the yard.

And, my scarred heart and soul ache and yet, feel whole every second of every single day.

Both like a buried treasure, that isn’t worth much and yet is a constant reminder of the past.

Just…

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“If you’re afraid of a journey, don’t buy shoes”


I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your exquisite post.

Lipstick and Laundry

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

Thank you Michelle for inviting Words for the Weekend to join in your “Life is a Highway” series! We’re honored to be featured with so many talented writers and friends. We hope you enjoy the personal journey selections we curated for you and your readers. May you all find what you seek in your journeys ahead, and may the road rise up to meet you all. Love, Christy and Jennie

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I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new…

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Write Facebook Status Updates for the year 2017


I am content. My birds are tweeting happily. My daughter fills me with joy. Booked the flights to Paris, New York and London with bubs! Feeling the best I have ever felt. I love inspiring people. I love you all dearly. New book shall be out in spring! I love my new home. Nothing is... Continue Reading →

A Houseplant is Dying. Tell it why it Needs to Live.


You were a thing of beauty. I brought you home and proudly found a place for you, your green leaves redolent with sheen and strength. Did I not feed you the right preparation? Did I hover too much? Just as neglect can cause life to wither then die, so can hovering, over-feeding and watering and... Continue Reading →

642 Things to Write About. What can happen in a second?


I found this marvellous book at Ariel's Bookstore in Paddington. There was no earthly way it was being left on the shelf. Let's start at the very beginning. 1. What can happen in a second? A life can be taken in a second, or spared. I know of a child who pushed a sibling to... Continue Reading →

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