Category Archives: Personal reflections

Are we really defined by our defining moments?

When historians evaluate the lives of great men – or women – in our society, they often reference a ‘defining moment’ in the person’s life. A point at which the essential nature or character of a person is identified. Defining … Continue reading

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Learning to banish the ‘block’

As a writer focused on a particular type of content, it’s easy to forget how many different forms our writing can take. Creative fiction, poetry, non-fiction, technical writing, marketing content, online blogs… even the Twitterati practice the craft of writing, … Continue reading

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Of life, loss and the human condition

Sometimes, life gets in the way of living. We spend our days working or taking care of household chores; generally dealing with day-to-day minutiae, often to the point of letting life pass us by. I was painfully reminded of this recently … Continue reading

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Fear: The most powerful weapon of all

People are motivated by a variety of factors and emotions. Greed, love, financial security, envy, guilt, a sense of obligation… Take your pick. I believe that fear is the most powerful motivator of all because it triggers our innate survival … Continue reading

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Can you hear me now?

Just be quiet. The most essential trait of a good communicator is the ability to be quiet and listen. Before we can communicate effectively, we need to listen carefully to our audience. What do your customers really want? How is … Continue reading

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“Well honey, you knew it was coming”

The holidays always sneak up on me. Year after year. One minute I’m basking in the sunshine on a warm summer day, and the next it’s all a blur of twinkling lights, baking and a sprint to the last shopping … Continue reading

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Have we fallen through the looking-glass?

Just when you begin to doubt that truth really is stranger than fiction, someone pushes the envelope. In Italy, six scientists and one government official were convicted of manslaughter for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake that killed … Continue reading

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