Sweet dreams

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Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams

When you’re so tired, and the weather is so bad, that all you can do is lay your head on the pillow and listen to Michael Morpurgo read extracts from his books! It doesn’t matter if you’re three, thirteen or thirty, a good story is a good story–and a good storyteller makes it all come alive. What do you read or listen to, when you need just a bit of comfort?

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The duty of life

The duty of life

I have thought lately that perhaps the duty of life is to make each of us more familiar with death. Not just the image of it, nor the concept, nor the loitering shadow in the slick alleyway, but the solid, sensual reality. The smoke, the metallic taste, the frosted heat, the overwhelming fullness and the falling emptiness, the smiling kiss, the wink and the graze of rough tarmac on your knee. The more I know life, the more I am forced to acknowledge death. I suppose, in this way, she is doing her job– though I question her methods on

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Make the most of your mornings

Make the most of your mornings

I’m a recent convert to mornings. I used to hate them.  I mean, literally loathe them.  I always found it difficult to get up, I would just want to bury my head under the pillow and sleep for another couple of hours. I still have mornings like that, believe me, but I’m much better with them now.  I don’t feel so great if I lie in too long on the weekend and, once I’m up, I enjoy being up.  I like the crispness and the stillness in the air. One of the most important elements in my new-found enjoyment of

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How to beat those Sunday evening blues

How to beat those Sunday evening blues

Remember when you were fifteen or sixteen and Sunday evenings really sucked?  The thought of going back to school the next day, starting a whole new week of work, was just too depressing and sometimes, if you were anything like me, the Sunday evening dread could easily spoil your whole weekend. Maybe you still feel like that now.  Maybe you regularly feel that growing knot in your stomach that tells you it’s almost time to get back into work mode. I’ve only realised, in the past couple of years, what a waste of my weekends that was.  What a shame

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