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A simple and good day


Life is harsh and trying these days for many of us, so when you have some free time to relax and see about giving yourself a well-earned treat…why not?  I know I deserve such things, and I’m pretty sure you do too.

Personally, I like to make my free time to relax as simple and peaceful as possible, preferably in a spot that uplifts my spirits; such as a quiet woodland.  Though the latter may not always be possible, I strive to make my home a sanctuary (in and of itself) for me and my beloved dog, Sarah.

The Complete Sherlock HolmesHowever, it’s not just a question of where to relax, but also how to relax?  I like nothing more than curling up with my beloved dog (Sarah) on the sofa with a good book, a warm cup of green tea and some chocolate raisins.  Then I just let the stress’ of the past days fall away and loose myself in the cleansing waves of rich and engrossing words as my free hand intermittently tussles my girls fur, allows me to sip at the warm, invigorating tea or pop a tasty chocolate treat into my mouth.

But how do you like to relax?  Do you enjoy a good book?  Some music perhaps?  Do you share my love of peace and quiet?
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Uplifting the spirit


I often wonder if it would be apt to share some of my woes in a blog or a tweet.  But I’m of the mind (more often than not) that if something bad doesn’t directly impact another, why dampen their spirits with such news.  Indeed, wouldn’t it be better to elevate others with positive news and things that could enrich their lives?

Perhaps some folk share the low points in their lives through such media…but I don’t think I will!

So let me share something to (hopefully) enrich your life today…

If you’re like me, you likely never learnt to draw much beyond stick men and symbolic drawings of houses and such.  You know; a square house with a triangle on the top as a roof, a few smaller squares as windows and a rectangle at the bottom as a door.  I’ve got to tell you, I’ve NEVER lived in that sort of a house…and yet it’s drawn so often and we’re told/tell others; “that’s my house.”

“Ermmm, no it isn’t.”  I think it’s time we learnt to draw properly…

It turns out the key to drawing was a matter of perception… but why not read Drawing onThe New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards and learn about the theory as much as the practice for yourself.  And whether or not your care for the theory, why not also buy the workbook to facilitate your education in the art of drawing.

I wish you all the best if you decide to pursue such creative endeavours and strive to uplift your spirit…

But what’s your preferred way to uplift your spirit?  Do you like to draw, or now intend to learn?
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