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We are in a ‘Tween time right now, did you realise? We are betwixt the seasonal holidays that we recognise (for the most part) every year at the same time.

There’s a kind of lull.

A suspension of everything.

Even though we may be back at work that surreal essence of the betwixt and between is there.

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The Body Talks, but do we listen?

Our good friend Jo Ridley, see pic above, has been continually working on her Self, her health, not just of the body but of the mind and the Spirit. The emotional stuff. She has had her reasons, very good reasons, reasons I can relate to and I know many of you out there can relate to them too. The Body Talks Free On Line Challenge

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Do you know where you are heading, or are you just at the behest of the lightest of breezes; a feather on the wind?

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Hi Everyone, In 2017 I started a blog post called “Promote Your Blog” where fellow bloggers could share and promote their blog with the MIU community. This post resulted in 25,000+ views and 4,000+ bloggers sharing the who, what and why behind their blog. I want to create a new directory to even out the […]

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This is a brilliant idea and I recommend it to all of us who slog at the blog! Make it fun, get more followers and please pay it forward.

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Are you hearing yourself?

I have a friend from Austria who uses a question like this but it is ‘Are you feeling yourself?’  The first time I heard him say it I was quick to laughter. Then I thought about it a little bit more. Read the rest of this entry »



Well this is the new way to go, we are delighted to say that we are now ‘vlogging’ lots of fun and of course you can actually see the tangents pinging off every train of thought!
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There was a time, oh yes it was long ago little ones, when there was such a thing as the Summer of love. Hippie Dippie, oh yes indeedie, but also the innocence of the spirit of the idea was there. A time when there was no xbox or social media, in fact the only social media were newspapers, telephones, televisions and the local post office. They were called ‘Letters’ dear, and you wrote them to people to let them know you cared and that there were things going on in your life. Oh yes and they were person-centric ie. they were addressed to one person and that person chose what to – if at all – share with another. Great love stories were born and died over lifetimes in letters. They were responsible for misunderstandings most notably when they did not arrive at their destination – but that was not often. Read the rest of this entry »

Dare To Be Happier

Whistle through your comb.

Do a loony-goony dance

‘Cross the kitchen floor,

Put something silly in the world

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deliciously simple and stunningly so…it is truly encompassing, embracing and emotive

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frog haiku Whilst my year of adventure is coming to an end, I am exquisitely aware of something new beginning in me. I’ve felt it for a while, and I’m not even sure I can put it into words yet, but it has something to do with my haiku adventure and something to do with trees and something to do with Japan.

As I’ve been doing research for my book, Seventeen Syllables : Cultivating Presence Through Poetry, I’ve become fascinated by the haiku form and its origins. The modern haiku form is most closely associated with the seventeenth century poet, Matsuo Bashō.

In 1686, Bashō composed one of his best-remembered haiku. Historians believe that this poem became instantly famous.

furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto
An ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the sound of water

For today’s adventure, I’m going to recite this haiku…

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totally out there and inspirational, but what else from Sensei Jane. Cannot wait to have a go at this and if you even remotely feel a tickle of anticipation or curiosity then yes, you go for it too!

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big renga projectI’m sure you may have realised  by now that I’m a bit of a haiku fan 🙂 . As part of the research for my book Seventeen Syllables ~ Cultivating Presence Through Poetry, I looked at the origins of the haiku form. What is now known as haiku was originally known as hokku, the first verse of a collaborative linked- verse poem called a renga.

The renga form has been around since the thirteenth century, and you can find out more about it here. In a nutshell, groups of poets works together to create a linked poem. The first stanza follows a 3-line 5-7-5 syllable format, just like the haiku. It also contains a kigo (season word) and a kireji (cutting word). The second stanza responds to the first stanza, but this time in a 2-line 7-7 syllable format. The renga then gets handed back to the…

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