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Retirement in Wednesbury #lifestyle

This is where I live, it is Wednesbury, in the heart of the Black Country. It isn’t the prettiest place on earth but it is where I’ve lived most of my life. Now I’m enjoying retirement in Wednesbury.

retirement in Wednesbury

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Lifestyle choices #thrifty #frugal

Thrifty Thursday: lifestyle

Lifestyle

Lifestyle can decide our health, wealth and most other things in life. If you want to lose weight, it’s no good eating a slimming meal once a week. You have to make low-calorie healthy eating a lifestyle choice that influences every meal and snack. If you want to save money, your lifestyle has to influence every financial purchase and decision. (more…)


Coughs and sneezes spread diseases #life

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The slogan “coughs and sneezes spread diseases” was used when I was young to encourage people to use a handkerchief when they coughed or sneezed.  We can use tissues today but the advice is still good. (more…)


Resolutions #life

Today’s picture is a little bit misty, so one of my resolutions for 2016 is to go back and take that picture again when the sun is shining. It’s a place where fishing is popular too, so I might get a few anglers in the photo. (more…)


Keeping an open mind #health

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I think keeping an open mind can be good for mental health. If we run with the pack and accept what everyone else believes we can not only share their beliefs but their fears too. People tend to fear what they don’t understand. (more…)


Thrifty and frugal on a budget #thrifty

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I live north of Birmingham in the Black Country. If you want a takeaway here, you can choose from pizza, American fast food, Balti, Indian, Chinese, fish and chips and most other food types. There are also restaurants, as well as takeaways. Why? (more…)


Summer Ideas

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Today’s picture is of Forge Mill lake in Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich. The temperature at the moment where I am in Central England is 20C, but set to rise higher later. It went as high as 40C in places yesterday. (more…)


Mindful Gifts open their first shop

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Yesterday I went to the official  opening of the first Mindful Gifts shop in Darlaston, that specialises in gifts for older people with dementia. Mindful Gifts is a community interest company that operates for the benefit of the community, rather than personal gain. (more…)


Life skills, images and perceptions

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I’m used to manipulating photographs to give a different artistic image and I change images using social media too. I’ve noticed advertisements on television advising young people to acquire ‘life skills’, so they can better present themselves at interviews when they are looking for a job. (more…)


Common cold or influenza?

Every time I see my doctor he advises me to have a flu vaccination. These are normally available from October onwards. I didn’t even get a chance to stop this year’s flu. I caught it on the last day of September. (more…)


Psychology: comfort zones

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” is a popular quote. How can you escape your comfort zone, if you’re not sure where the comfort zone is? How many ‘comfort zones’ do people have anyway? Where do you feel at home? (more…)


Psychology: interacting with the world

We all interact with the world we live in and with other people. There are people we like and people we dislike. There are people we admire and perhaps we would like to be like them and there are some people that we react to negatively. Without realising  it we try to copy the people we admire. (more…)


Psychology: Language and social structure

Man is the only animal with sophisticated languages that we use to communicate. We are social animals, but despite the sophistication, we are also primitive. (more…)


A 100 day adventure

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In recent years, people have had much more leisure time. Many people seem to spend that time playing computer games, updating Facebook, watching movies  and socialising in bars. I don’t see many smiling faces. People don’t seem happier, even though they have more money and more leisure. (more…)


Life: We need so many things just to live

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I went to the art gallery on Sunday. Why? Well it was open for one thing. That’s important in people’s lives, opportunity. If people don’t have the opportunity to do things, then they might as well stay at home and watch some mind numbingly boring soap on Sunday afternoon. I usually go out and take photos on a Sunday afternoon, but last week it was cold and wet. (more…)


Psychology: Mindfulness

One of the latest buzz words for psychologists and counsellors is mindfulness. According to Wikipedia mindfulness is:

“Mindfulness practice, inherited from the Buddhist tradition, is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and in the prevention of relapse in depression and drug addiction.” (more…)


Psychology: Psychopaths with influence

We like to think that we have freedom of thought, but we’re all influenced by the things we see and hear. Some years ago there was a popular movie about someone with multiple personalities. Diagnosis of multiple personality by psychiatrists in the US increased dramatically in the following year. Did the movie make them more aware of the condition or did they begin to see signs of multiple personality in all their patients? (more…)


Don’t worry: Be happy

Are people who take a laid back, less serious approach to life any happier? It has been said that people who are depressed are more realistic and more in touch with reality. Do we have to lose touch with reality a little to be happy? Do we have to fool ourselves that everything in the garden is lovely and think positive?

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Mirrors to your soul

When we look in the mirror, do we really see what we look like? I imagine when early man went to collect water on a sunny day, he would have been fascinated by his own reflection in the water. It  probably inspired the invention of the comb! Things like combing our hair or washing can improve our appearance. (more…)


Volunteers – a valuable resource

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I saw a voluntary job the other day teaching people the basics of how to use computers. Some people don’t have a clue and have never used a computer. I could do that couldn’t I? I’ve been messing around with computers for years and I own and run this website. I’ve just edited the HTML in this blog post.

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Psychology | Depression

Depression isn’t just unhappiness, it’s much more than that, it’s a feeling of hopelessness. So why do we feel that our situation or our life is hopeless? Researchers are trying to find out how our brains work, mainly using scanners. They now know that our moods and memories are controlled by brain chemistry. This link between mood and memory might help us beat depression.

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Frugal Food | Chicken and celery soup

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I’ve made this soup a couple of times and it’s a thin soup that you can dip toasted bread into and has a unique flavour. It is very frugal when the celery is in season and doesn’t need much chicken. (more…)


This week’s ideas

a landscape, Merrion's Wood

I took lots of photos last Sunday for my Neodigital Art blogs. What do you think of this one? I converted it to monochrome, but with a slight blue tint. It’s the enchanted woodland of Merrion’s Wood. Neodigital Art is about being creative with your digital camera, scanner and maybe a graphics tablet. In fact any digital device you can lay your hands on. It is fast becoming a school of art. If you search for Neodigital Art using Google, you will I have been promoting it for a few years now. Want to join in? (more…)


The Frugal diet | calorie free water

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There are few calories in fibre and so high fibre foods are healthy and will help in a weight loss diet. Water has no calories and will help give you a feeling of being full. Fruit and vegetables have a lot of fibre and a high water content. I cooked the chicken and celery soup in the picture yesterday and it was both high fibre, packed full of vitamins and contained a lot of water. It also tasted yummy! (more…)

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