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  1. Smith's Avatar
    I've been there man. This one resonated deeply with me.

    Rest assured, you are not alone in thinking that there's more to life than that. Good on you for not losing the sight of real positives, no matter how small.
    Updated Today at 02:32 AM by Smith
  2. dither's Avatar
    Greyson,

    it's good to let it out imo, Posting a blog like this can be so therapeutic I find. I hope it worked for you and good luck.
  3. Plasticweld's Avatar
    I would offer you advice...but our personalities are very different and what works for me or even others, would probably not work for you.

    The most complex problems have simple answers. It is not for a lack of wisdom that most fail to go forward, but a lack of courage to do what they know is right in their heart.

    I know what my solutions would be if I were in your shoes, pm me if you wish me to share. Bob
  4. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PiP
    Just watched the news and latest updates on storm Dennis. Hope you are okay, ASmoab, and your home has not been affected by the floods.
    I'm on holiday up North, but our neighbours have been in touch to tell us the grandkids trampoline is now in their garden!

    Dennis turns out to be a bit of a menace after all.
  5. PiP's Avatar
    Just watched the news and latest updates on storm Dennis. Hope you are okay, ASmoab, and your home has not been affected by the floods.
  6. epimetheus's Avatar
    It feels like a Dennis in London so far.
  7. dither's Avatar
    Yeah, it's a rough'un. And I'm in, arguably, the most sheltered part of the midlands.
  8. PiP's Avatar
    *laughing* it is a strange name for a storm. Maybe 'Dennis the Menace'? My husband and I were discussing this latest craze of naming storms and wondered at the inspiration behind it.
  9. dither's Avatar
    "We can't just sit by and watch it happen. "

    Oh but we are, we do, and we shall. It's the way of the world Irwin and it's a shame. My only hope is that the world will outlive me and it could be a close run thing I reckon.
  10. Greyson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    I am glad that you're alive, at the very least.

    Life takes unexpected turns. While you may not have found your love for philosophy while attending school, maybe you still have that love, somewhere deep down. I think the paradox is that sometimes trying to take what you love and make some form of living from it, can destroy the thing that you love in the process.

    Or maybe you outgrew your love for philosophy.

    Perhaps that will happen to me and writing. I often worry that I'm going to go all the way through with this journalism business, and end up hating it, or be unable to find a decent job.

    I often come back again and again to the realization that Socrates was right. I don't know anything. Not even myself.
    ah, good old socrates. i find i disagree with him on more and more things, but that is not one. though, not knowing oneself perfectly is certainly forgivable, especially if youíre trying.
    I think Iíll always love philosophy, just not academic philosophy. there is a priority given to being right and an almost religious belief in truth. I no longer think the truth they search for exists, and pretending I did for a job was not working out. I still philosophize though. my poems are just more succinct than a philosophy paper.
  11. Smith's Avatar
    I am glad that you're alive, at the very least.

    Life takes unexpected turns. While you may not have found your love for philosophy while attending school, maybe you still have that love, somewhere deep down. I think the paradox is that sometimes trying to take what you love and make some form of living from it, can destroy the thing that you love in the process.

    Or maybe you outgrew your love for philosophy.

    Perhaps that will happen to me and writing. I often worry that I'm going to go all the way through with this journalism business, and end up hating it, or be unable to find a decent job.

    I often come back again and again to the realization that Socrates was right. I don't know anything. Not even myself.
  12. -xXx-'s Avatar
    preferring lowercase and short form(s) myself,
    i appreciate you have retained
    one consistently capitalized word.
    best,
  13. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    It is the program you have written it in. There is an icon for Word that you can click on that will format it correctly on the menu bar.
    Thanks Bob. I read something on the site about the need to save as RTF but I think it might have been an old post.

    Thanks for your advice - absolutely spot on. I write these things as a kind of diary, but want them to be read and enjoyed. Will pay more attention to that aspect. Cheers
  14. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PiP
    Asmoab, what a wonderful recount of your experience. We missed out on a dog sledding experience due to the weather when we went on a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We only had a narrow time-frame and when the weather came in and it was cancelled. Gutted was an understatement.

    Your wife was indeed fortunate with the swift diagnosis and prompt action of the medical team. It certainly makes us value life and each other.



    This made me laugh ... we have recently befriended some Mancs who are new to our neighbourhood and their brand of humour tickles our funny bone. I love them; they are like a breath of fresh air. Get a Manc and a Paddy together and even the men need a Tena lady pad.

    We always said we would return to Canada but alas it was not meant to be.
    Thanks PIP

    Even the men need a Tena lady pad - I love that
  15. PiP's Avatar
    Asmoab, what a wonderful recount of your experience. We missed out on a dog sledding experience due to the weather when we went on a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We only had a narrow time-frame and when the weather came in and it was cancelled. Gutted was an understatement.

    Your wife was indeed fortunate with the swift diagnosis and prompt action of the medical team. It certainly makes us value life and each other.

    At 12.30 our little party is joined by a bunch of Mancunians, the leader of which has the looks, and comedic talent, of Peter Kay(a British comedian). At one of his sallies I laugh so hard I fear I’vestrained something.
    This made me laugh ... we have recently befriended some Mancs who are new to our neighbourhood and their brand of humour tickles our funny bone. I love them; they are like a breath of fresh air. Get a Manc and a Paddy together and even the men need a Tena lady pad.

    We always said we would return to Canada but alas it was not meant to be.
  16. Plasticweld's Avatar
    It is the program you have written it in. There is an icon for Word that you can click on that will format it correctly on the menu bar.
  17. Plasticweld's Avatar
    I would consider starting your story with this paragraph, it is a great hook and would give the reader more of a reason to continue....Great story

    Nine months ago my wife collapsed at the gym.The miracle workers at our local A& E correctly diagnosed the issue (whichis often mistaken for a heart attack, with fatal results). They found asurgical team, with the requisite, unbelievable, skills, at a specialist heartunit 70 miles away. When the ambulance got there the team were gowned andready. I was following the ambulance in a car. She asked could she wait for me.They told her they hadnít expected her to survive the journey- it was down to15 minutes. She signed the form, they sawed through her sternum, opened her ribcage and patched the tear in her aorta. Iím a big fan of the NHS.
  18. Asmoab's Avatar
    Anybody know why so many words have run together? It looked fine in Word, and I saved as an RTF, but it hasn't survived the cut and paste
  19. PiP's Avatar
    Asmoab,

    thoroughly enjoyed your style of writing and the way you shared the day out with your son and his girlfriend.

    My cold manifested, occasionally, as an intense paroxysm of coughing (notably on receipt of the wine list). Some neighbouring tables looked over in alarm. I waved weakly and explained I hadn’t fully got over the jet lag from the Beijing flight ��
    priceless.

    When the bill came, they were both effusively grateful, as indeed was I … for having had the foresight to arrange a second mortgage before the event. I don’t know what stage in life your parents stop being your parents and become just other adult human beings to whom the normal rules apply. Clearly, he hasn’t got there yet and, well, so what? I’m very proud of him.
    I don't think we ever do. It's great you have such a comfortable relationship with your son.

    I hope to read more from you soon.
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