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A Memoir Of Love – ‘Goodbye Dearest Holly: Ten Years On’ by Kevin Wells

A Memoir Of Love – ‘Goodbye Dearest Holly: Ten Years On’ by Kevin Wells

  It is hard to recall a more beautiful and yet ultimately harrowing image than…

Absence – ‘The Good Father’ a novel by Noah Hawley

Absence – ‘The Good Father’ a novel by Noah Hawley

The Good Father, by Noah Hawley, is a gripping read which looks in-depth at the difficulties…

Understanding Codependency

Understanding Codependency

  If you’ve ever wondered what codependency is, whether or not you could be involved…

Hoarding: How Easily Can You Part With Things?

Hoarding: How Easily Can You Part With Things?

  I wonder if you struggle to part with things or if you have a…

The Walk To School: A Child’s Voice

The Walk To School: A Child’s Voice

Today, from my window, I saw a child walking to school with his mother. I’ve…

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Absence – ‘The Good Father’ a novel by Noah Hawley

The Good Father, by Noah Hawley, is a gripping read which looks in-depth at the difficulties of fatherhood. It does this through the most dramatic of prisms when Daniel, a son of divorced parents, is accused of murder. Not just any murder, but the murder of a soon-to-be Presidential Candidate. Dr Paul Allen is left to…

Absence – ‘The Good Father’ a novel by Noah Hawley

A Memoir Of Love – ‘Goodbye Dearest Holly: Ten Years On’ by Kevin Wells

  It is hard to recall a more beautiful and yet ultimately harrowing image than that of two ten-year old missing girls, in Manchester United T-Shirts, smiling to camera. This image became known worldwide, on 4th August 2002, twelve years ago today. The photo was of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman – the two children…

A Memoir Of Love – ‘Goodbye Dearest Holly: Ten Years On’ by Kevin Wells

The Walk To School: A Child’s Voice

Today, from my window, I saw a child walking to school with his mother. I’ve seen them before. He is straining to look all around him, wearing his little backpack, tugging at her to gain attention, and she is wrapped up looking at her mobile phone as she hurries him along. The sight saddens me.…

The Walk To School: A Child’s Voice

Understanding Codependency

  If you’ve ever wondered what codependency is, whether or not you could be involved in a codependent relationship and what to do about this, then you may find my recent article of interest. Please click on the link below to understand a little more about codependency:   We often hear the word ‘codependency’ in…

Understanding Codependency

Taking A Break

This is just a short note to let you know that I’m taking a break from posting for a while. Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing well with my health over the last few months and also my Mum has just been very poorly in hospital and is now home, hopefully, to recuperate. A little break…

Taking A Break

Self-Help Book Recommendations

A Motivational & Inspirational Toolkit: ‘A Survival Guide For Life’ by Bear Grylls

A Motivational & Inspirational Toolkit: ‘A Survival Guide For Life’ by Bear Grylls

I always steer clear of self-help books which offer quick-fix motivation, get rich schemes and strategies which offer unrealistic outcomes. I was fearful that this would be one of those books but, thankfully, it’s not. Although A Survival Guide For Life has…

Can You Breathe Your Way To Willpower? ‘The Willpower Instinct’ by Kelly McGonigal

Can You Breathe Your Way To Willpower? ‘The Willpower Instinct’ by Kelly McGonigal

At this time of recent resolutions and tests on our, often, fragile willpower an excellent book from health psychologist and lecturer Dr Kelly McGonigal, makes fascinating reading. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do…

Best Self-Help Books of 2012 – Be Your Own Counsellor & Coach

Best Self-Help Books of 2012 – Be Your Own Counsellor & Coach

As we are coming to the close of 2012, I’d like to thank everyone I’ve…

A Common Link In Mental Health Problems? ‘Selfhood’ by Dr Terry Lynch

A Common Link In Mental Health Problems? ‘Selfhood’ by Dr Terry Lynch

Dr Terry Lynch has been working with people experiencing mental distress for 30 years – first…

A Radically New Approach To Change? ‘Rip It Up’ by Richard Wiseman

A Radically New Approach To Change? ‘Rip It Up’ by Richard Wiseman

Behavioural theorists have known for years that when we behave and act in certain ways…

Need To Be More Productive? ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen

Need To Be More Productive? ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen

Do you have multiple projects on the go, all crying out for your attention? Are…

The Mind Management Behind GB’s Olympic Cycling Team: ‘The Chimp Paradox’ by Dr Steve Peters

The Mind Management Behind GB’s Olympic Cycling Team: ‘The Chimp Paradox’ by Dr Steve Peters

Team GB’s cycling team has put on an awesome (in the truest sense of the…

Do You Value Your Intuition? ‘The Gift of Fear’ by Gavin de Becker

Do You Value Your Intuition? ‘The Gift of Fear’ by Gavin de Becker

Intuition, also described as ‘gut instinct,’ is known to most of us. Sometimes we just…

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

We all know the famous proverb ‘Actions speak louder than words,’ but it’s surprising how…

Hidden In Plain Sight – The Things We Take For Granted

Hidden In Plain Sight – The Things We Take For Granted

Every day most of us are doing things for ourselves and for others. Often unrecognised…

Someone (Else) Should Do Something About That!

Someone (Else) Should Do Something About That!

You’re walking down a hospital corridor and the woman ahead of you spills some coffee on…

Do You Feel How I Feel?

Do You Feel How I Feel?

I wonder if you ever think that others feel as you do? When you go…

Your Power

Your Power

In setting up this site I wanted to offer any help I could to support…

The Walk To School: A Child’s Voice

The Walk To School: A Child’s Voice

Today, from my window, I saw a child walking to school with his mother. I’ve seen them before. He is straining to look all around him, wearing his little backpack, tugging at her to gain attention, and she is wrapped…

Feeling Overwhelmed? ‘Put First Things First’

Feeling Overwhelmed? ‘Put First Things First’

**** Well, it’s good to be back here posting again and thanks so much for all your great support while I was away. **** I thought with my first piece back I’d talk a little about feeling overwhelmed. I know…

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