Category Archives: Musings

Self-healing with Herbs

Oftentimes these days we think of medicine in reactive terms.  You know, you get a headache or wind up with a bruise and you take a pill and/or apply a cream to ease the woes.  We also tend to think of medicine in terms of modern medicine, those artificially created pill miracles that solve all.

OK, sure…for some people it works.  But herbal remedies are 1000’s of years old and a damn site better.  What’s more, where modern medicine can easily cause problems with you, it takes quite an excessive amount of an herbal remedy to possibly risk a mild concern.

So why aren’t we all taking herbal remedies?  Who could rightly say?

Regardless we don’t have to miss out.  A little knowledge goes a long way…

The Herbal DrugstoreI’ve been studying herbal medicine on and off for over 20 years now, and I just don’t bother with a doctor when I’m down and out.  No, I have a small and informative collection of books that I refer myself too and then I eat, drink or swallow a concentrated herbal pill from shops that sell such things to restore by bodies equilibrium.

I was a bit jittery at first when I began striving to fix myself up.  But like your doctor, if you read enough, apply some common sense and caution and learn from mistakes and successes…you’ll become the best doctor YOU could ever hope for.

Nowadays I pre-empt bumps and bruises with the likes of stem ginger tea and cookies.  I’ll drive the midges away in the summer with feverfew oil diluted in water and sprayed over myself.  I’ll even pre-empt a cold or flu if somebody else is suffering in the house by taking some liquorice or echinacea to boost my immune system.

20 years later, I’m positive I’m healthier and happier than I ever could have been without taking such a pro-active approach to my health.  I know I’ll keep doing the utmost to keep myself in tip-top shape and health with the aid of herbal medicine.

But what about you?  Are you an advocate of herbal remedies?  Did you have a bad experience once?  Are you striving to learn more about how to take care of your own health, and the health of those you love?
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Learning how to write

Learning how to write is both one of the easiest and most difficult things to do…but oh so rewarding.  The key advice I was given was to just simply write something…anything.  Do this every day and your skill at writing will grow, it’s true!

The trouble is when you encounter those days where the mind is drawing a blank and/or is uninspired.  OK, so whatever you write (likely a piece on your angst) isn’t going to be a masterpiece or something you may care to share with folk.  But it’s another vital step in learning how to write and overcoming that pesky bane of writers (“old hat” and novice alike); writer’s block.

Even NOT being able to write anything when you draw a blank is a learning process in and of itself to facilitate your future writing and enable you to combat such moments as you press on over the weeks, months…and dare I say, years.  So don’t worry about such things, you’re getting there with every success and failure, I promise you.

Such is the experience of this novice writer…

As you continue to write, you’ll notice a certain style come to the fore in your work.  For me, it’s one of simplicity and transparency in my non-fiction work and in my fiction work, it’s one of rich, descriptive text with (mostly) uncomplicated words that allow as many folk as possible to be drawn into my writing and carried away in the tales I strive to deftly weave.

What’s your style?  Don’t try and force one, just continue writing and occasionally look back at your work.  You’ll see a style was there all along, emerging more and more as your refine your skill of writing.

So, where do we go from here fellow novice writers?  I don’t know, for now I’m just refining my writing skills.  But why not try a course from the likes of The Writer’s Bureau, like myself, and find out…

Are you a novice writer or “old hand”?  Do you have suggestions on learning how to write?  Are you taking a course on writing or now intend to?
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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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Besting “one of those days”

Like I said yesterday, I’m not looking to share my woes on this blog…but I can’t help but wonder how folk overcome those times when it’s just “one of those days”.

I have one of those minds that won’t rest until I have a solution brought to bare on my problems, so perhaps I suffer more than most (emotionally/mentally) when resolving my troubles.  But I still think this the wisest of ways to resolve things.  Indeed, the more circumstances are in my control, the more readily I can bring viable solutions to bare…and I don’t have too many issues with such circumstances beyond the initial emotional/mental jar from my equilibrium.  I like a sense of equilibrium.

However, it’s when your fate is in the hands of another and a problem arises that I tend to have the most issue.  In all my years I’ve found no solution better than just focusing on a problem until a viable solution comes to mind, and applying it.  A sense of equilibrium is restored for all and life can resume.

But how do you overcome another standing in your way?  How do you resolve the problem when it is deferred until a later scheduled date/appointment?

I suppose you can only try and bring solutions to the proverbial (and sometimes literal) table, and try not to let it jar your sense of equilibrium in the interim.  Easier said than done, but sometimes such is life and such is the only means of besting “one of those days”…

But how do you cope when you have “one of those days”?  Do you agree with my thoughts?  How do you fair mentally/emotionally in such circumstances?
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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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A fortunate thing

I wasn’t looking to create this blog, it was a fortunate accident that occurred as I began to help out at Dragon Age Oracle.  However, as I took the time to tidy up yet another bit of the internet I’d now seemingly claimed, I decided this could be a good thing indeed…and thus this blog was born.

Whilst I’m not the most adept at computer and internet stuff, I shall endeavour to craft this blog space into something anyone who cares to follow along may enjoy.  I’ll also strive to make it as uncluttered as possible, I hate clutter.

In the meantime, please feel free to catch up with me elsewhere in this modern digital space, such as on TwitterYouTube and Steam.

So what about you?  Are you adept at computer and internet stuff?  If not, are you slowly but surely learning like myself?  And perhaps more importantly, do you have your own blog?
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