Category: #kindnessmatters

Lady Tiffy Visits: Chapter 4

Dear Blog Readers, Meowy Christmas! We had a nice quiet evening, well for the most part. I had extended naps during the day so that I could be awake the whole night! I began with my rounds after dinner, making sure that I got noisier the later it got. Cherry and I alternated in pestering

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Lady Tiffy Visits: Chapter 2

Dear Blog Readers The Cat Police has been on my tail the whole day. Cherry won’t leave me alone and has parked her fuzzy butt in my room. Whenever I move, she wakes up and shadows me. This has ruined her sleep pattern though and as a result, this evening she is super groggy, so

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Christmas Countdown Day 5: Open Home (or Lady Tiffy Visits Chapter 1)

My mother always insisted on setting an extra place at the Christmas table “just in case someone needs a home on Christmas”, and made sure to cook extra portions for whoever might drop by unannounced. I know of several other families who practice this and I carry on the tradition. This practice of never being

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Christmas Countdown Day 6: Funny Bones

It is quintessential Filipino to first fine the humour in tragedy or adversity. Whether it a political debacle or natural disaster, or even personal loss, the Filipino family will strive to find a way to continue to laugh together. For those who are not familiar with this peculiar trait, or who are married into it

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Christmas Countdown Day 7: Pursuit of Light

“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.”-John O’Donohue, Anam

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Christmas Countdown Day 8: Artistic Expression

The doorbell rang in the middle of a Criminal Minds episode that I was very engrossed in and it threw me off. I wasn’t expecting anyone, and it being Sunday, it couldn’t possibly be a delivery. Much to my delight, when I opened the door I was greeted with two very enthusiastic young artists (three-and-a-half-year-old

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Christmas Countdown Day 10: Dialogue

 It is not living which is of most importance, but living well. Socrates Dialogue has been the centre of my life these past three days. When given the precious gift of time by people that truly matter to me, I make sure that true dialogue takes place, not just conversation. The difference between these two forms

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Second Sunday of Advent Musings

Every day is ChristmasWhen you have the kind of mind,That stores up all the goodnessAnd the sweetness it can find.When you don’t need an occasion,To spread a bit of cheer,But just keep on a-giving,Of yourself throughout the year. Every day is Christmas,With a gaily wrapped surprise,When you’ve learnedTo see the friendship,In someone else’s eyes.When you

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Nikolaus 2019*

This is a recurring blog entry of mine that I tweak every year. Have you been naughty or nice this year? Did you earn a gold coin or a lump of coal? The German-speaking parts of Europe all celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas today and instead of coal or gold in the shoes left outside, children

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On Thanking and Giving

“In order to be happy we must first possess inner contentment; and inner contentment doesn´t come from having all we want; but rather from wanting and appreciating being grateful for all we have”– His Holiness the Dalai Lama There are a few photographs in my portfolio that I am proud of, not because of the

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