Category: Life

Tessa Barrie’s views on life.  Mostly her own.

SHORT STORY: My Christmas Carol (898 WORDS)

Christmas has always made me think of the beach and palm trees.  Even as a child I used to fantasise about escaping to a deserted beach.

Avoiding Arguments: Smart or Spineless?

I have a tendency to run away from arguments, especially when emotionally involved. Does that make me a weak person?

The Power of Qigong

When I closed my eyes, there was chaos.  A whirlpool of my life flashing like a technicoloured LED advertising board, down to what was on my shopping list and what I was going to cook for supper.

Living the Ex-Pat Dream

Portugal, for me, is sensory overload; whatever the time of year and after visiting for twenty-six years, it is time to make it my home.

Fireside Tales

A crackling log fire reminds me of many things.  Loved-up evenings on the sofa in front of a crackling fire binge watching box sets and eating a ridiculous amount of chocolate, without realising it.   My childhood, growing up in an age before Social Media, playing cards in front of the fire during long winter evenings; my big brother and parents always let me win.  As someone who functions much better during the summer months, a burning fire makes the winter bearable, it is the pumping heart of a home.

Weekly Synopsis

Tuesday. Woke up feeling determined.   Spent most of the day editing the hell out of the first three chapters, before going back to the ultimate self-torture… the ****ing synopsis.

Leave Your Brittle Ego At Home

Comedy writers have the most fragile egos.   Mindy Kaling At various stages of our lives, our egos take a bashing but now, in the Autumn of my years, I care less about what other people think.  And yes, this cavalier thought process even applies to my writing, except… […]

COUNTDOWN TO KESWICK – Sorel Point to Devil’s Hole and back

We are so lucky in Jersey to have such wonderful walks on our doorstep.

COUNTDOWN TO KESWICK – A Stroll around Queen’s Valley

There is something very calming about water and there is a unique stillness in Queen’s Valley.

Character Building

There is nothing more complex and fascinating than a Homo Sapien.

Thoughtful Thursday

Do something nice for somebody else today

Life’s Essential Ingredient

Nothing can ever mean as much as spending a handful of hours in the company of good friends

Haunted by the Past? Let it Go

Recently I have been doing a better job of clearing the clutter inside my head and letting go of some of the less sagacious days of my past.

Financial Dilemma: The What-if Variables for Retiring Baby Boomers

How much longer am I going to live and how much money am I going to need to see me out?

Tuesday’s Resurgence​

For once, the old adage of things will look better in the morning was right.

It’s Monday and I’m Pissed Off Already

So. Monday. We meet again. We will never be friends – but maybe we can move past our mutual enmity toward a more-positive partnership Julio Alexi Genao I have done something fairly major to my knee, so walking is a painful process.  I am ‘in training’ for the […]

Man-made Junk not only pollutes our Oceans

I fell asleep in the early hours of this morning with the TV remote in bed with me.  Around 2.30a.m. I must have rolled over on it and was roused by the BBC reporting on the Chinese space station crash. Tiangong-1, (which translates as Heavenly Palace 1 or Celestial Palace […]

MONDAY MUSING: Say No to the Negative People in Your Life!

“Toxic people will pollute everything around them. Don’t hesitate. Fumigate.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass “It is better to dwell on the beautiful things in life than the negative.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

FRIDAY THROWBACK: Be the person you were always meant to be …

From Lost Blogs … with love … Music Credit:  Tim Besamusca – Age of Harmony.

Friday Fillip – Golda Meir

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement Golda Meir   SMALL AND MIGHTY: GOLDA MEIR BY RACHEL SEXTON @

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