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Shares daily life both struggles and successes with open honesty. The person I most often want to send a basket of kittens to. It’s the everyday tasks of life that can be the most challenging but are often dismissed. Here they are covered in detail using strong, clear writing.
Deeply personal, supportive and inspiring blog with the most breathtakingly beautiful photographs of birds and animals, insects, flowers, plants, landscapes and sunsets, borne out of a deep connection with nature and living things. The photographs are taken during daily mindfulness walks. Truly wonderful.
‘Unsolicited advice for shit you didn’t know you were doing wrong.’
Nothing I say can do this justice. Aimed at millennials but don’t let that put you off if like me you are (a lot) older. Everything you need to know about managing your emotions, cleaning your house when you are depressed, looking after yourself when you have a cold, earning money from home, letting go of a pet and many other subjects, written in an articulate and clear style with great warmth.
A personal blog covering a range of topics; honest, authentic and thoughtful. Des reflects on personal aspects of his own life and asks big questions about life, sparking recognition and inspiring thought.
‘postcards from the present moment’
Buddhist mindfulness and awareness in daily life, deep and very well written.
The only thing that stops me from crying about what happens post March 8th 2019 (when my India visa expires) is the knowledge that I am returning to live on a narrowboat! I only lived on it for two weeks before we left so I haven’t had much experience yet, so when I go back I will have loads of interesting stuff to learn. I love reading this blog about the everyday tasks involved in living on a narrowboat and when it is winter these take on a magnitude that leaves me awestruck. Our boat has a permanent mooring and we have a car, so emptying the loo, filling up with water and fetching provisions are all much easier for us than for D-EEC. In our short time on the boat I emptied the loo, lit the fire and cooked many hot vegan meals (one of the few things I miss, cooking my own food in my own kitchen). I am looking forward to learning how all the electrics work, changing a gas bottle and actually moving the boat down the river, turning it around and coming back, and doing locks. I can’t believe that I’m going to do all this but I will. My husband used to live on a narrowboat so he can teach me.
D-EEC covers all aspects of day to day boat life as well as sharing very funny observations on his fellow humans on the river and the towpath.
If nothing else, read the ‘About the author’ page. It’s the best bio I have ever read. I wanted to write one like that. Not possible, of course.
D S-F B has a work ethic that inspires hero worship. Posts come frequently and in a variety of forms, clearly labelled so you can choose the ones that suit you. Writing updates report on the breath-taking productivity of at least two current enormous sci-fi-spirituality novels. Longer book extracts are provided too, as well as regular thank you notes to readers. Best of all though, are the short little posts always titled ‘Musings’ which provide much to ponder and provide part of the essential guide to life that can be found on WordPress.
‘Hello, my name is Binita and I’m a qualified teacher. I’m usually on and off jobs. I was educated to be employed by the authority members of my family. Unfortunately I have disappointed 😔them! P. S. – I am still working on my life and no I am not depressed!’
‘Once a foster child, Always a foster child.’
Incredibly moving. Former foster child writes supportive and educational advice for foster parents and people supporting foster children.
‘From Adie, with Love is my love letter to the world. It may not always seem that way, but it is. Everything I post comes from a place of love. I strive to maintain honesty and authenticity in all my content. This blog is 100% me; my struggles, my successes, and sometimes even my random nonsense. This is why I don’t do a lot of guest posts or reblogs–something has to really resonate with me for me to put it here.
Speaking of posts, I really run the gamut on topics. Nothing is off limits here. I have depression and anxiety, so I post about mental health. I’m agender and queer, so I talk about LGBT oriented things. I’m a witch, so you can expect to find spells and other posts relating to my spiritual journey. I love food, so you may see recipes and pictures of my cake decorating. I’m a writer and photographer, so I’ll probably share my art with you.’
Escape the matrix! Conspiracy theories/The Truth and Imagination exercises to help you escape.
‘I am Jonathan Erdman, a writer and a nomadic wanderer. I spend my summers working and living in the beautiful, remote mountain community of McCarthy, Alaska.’
‘I have three writing projects in process right now. The first is a novel set in Alaska. That’s my primary project, drawing on my experiences living and working in Alaska. I explore much about Alaska, but in a greater sense the novel is about people displaced, folks who work seasonal jobs and have no permanent address. It’s a book about those who shun the stability of American life and decide to live a transient life that allows them to go places and do things that conventional life denies.’
‘I also share stories and ideas on this website. I started blogging nearly twenty years ago, back when the Internet was more of an anarchistic conglomeration of chaotic creativity. My approach to blogging continues to be from the old school.’
‘Inspiration from writers, artists and thinkers’
Writing on a range of subjects, deeply thought out and beautifully written.
‘Everyone tells you to marry your best friend.
‘Black pop culture news, political commentary, & cultural criticism.’
Very well written, documents personal development with great insight and with such clarity that readers can follow the instructions and apply to their own lives.
Susan Briscoe on living and dying
‘Last October (2017) I was sitting in a café with Roy and took out my journal to write. I didn’t feel like writing. The cafe was too crowded and busy, not a space for that kind of inward focus. So while I waited for my hot chocolate I leafed idly back through the pages to the year before, October 2016, before I knew I was ill. I read that at the time I had been bothered by a strange, persistent lump and swelling in my calf, which I now realise was a blood clot, a symptom of this sarcoma that was already growing unsuspected in my uterus. But that day in 2016 I believed I was still healthy and was writing about what to do with my day, as I often did. This is what I wrote:
I will have to deal with organizing stuff here a bit first. Still working at chaos reduction, putting my affairs in order. I don’t want to leave a mess for others. Not that my death is necessarily imminent, but I don’t want to be scrambling with that if it becomes so. I had this thought the other day that a cancer diagnosis –the fatal kind– just means you have a better idea than most (or than before) when and how you’re going to die. I also had a spontaneous bliss rush as I lay in bed wondering what was wrong with my leg and suddenly thought it could be cancer. That was weird, but it felt peaceful, like a gift, to feel that way. Not bitter or fearful at all. I do hope that when my time comes I will be in that sort of space. Filled with light and acceptance, gentle love. I need to remind myself to find that place every day. Hard to be there every moment, but more reminding myself should help.’
“By soul I mean the imaginative possibilities in our natures…that mode which recognizes all realities as primarily symbolic or metaphorical” – James Hillman, Revisioning Psychology, 1977.
‘That is my focus now – a ramble through many topics, linked by my curiosity to find, “the reality in our fantasies and the fantasy in our realities.’
‘He’s home and my heart has never been happier. My heart raced and I fought back tears as I read his text “We’re boarding the plane now. I’m coming home, I’ll see you soon.” I barely slept that night. Excitement coursed through my veins. After 9 months apart, just 20 hours stood between me and …’
‘Tropics of Meta aims to offer a fresh perspective on history, current events, popular culture, and issues in the academic world. Founded in 2010, ToM has published over 700 essays by historians, social scientists, artists, filmmakers, and creative writers both within and outside the academy, giving voice to communities across the United States and the world.’