The Origin of Traditions and Celebrations

The Origin of Traditions and Celebrations

The Origin of Traditions and Celebrations by ANDREW BLAINE What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Did you romance your partner and promise eternal adoration or did you simply forget all about it? There are also those who respect the celebration but don’t surrender...
Annual Resolutions

Annual Resolutions

It is that time of year when we spend as little time thinking about what has gone in the past and concentrate on  planning the way forward, as we would hope it to be. With all the joy and conviviality floating through the World at this time of year, it is often...
STOP! THINK! ACT!

STOP! THINK! ACT!

We have recently had a death in the family. I had the difficult task to assist a child mourn the death of her man. The stress on my daughter was increased exponentially by the fact that her husband died in a foreign country where English is not the lingua franca. The...
The Small Things in Life

The Small Things in Life

The greatest joy I can find is in the eyes of a happy and excited child. Children give us, as humans, endless joy, provided we take the time to find and take pleasure watching them as they plough their way through life. At times of celebration it always benefits us to...
The Other Side of Holidays

The Other Side of Holidays

“Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat!” So goes the old song, but not everybody eagerly anticipates this time of celebration. At this time of “Peace on Earth and to all men of goodwill” what can we do about those many people who dread the onset of...
Of Gyms and Tug-of-War

Of Gyms and Tug-of-War

Exercise is important if you wish to remain healthy, both physically and mentally. It was about 05h45 and I was on an exercise cycle in the gym facing east. Next to me, on another exercise cycle, was a middle-aged lady also facing east. We pedalled to nowhere as the...