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It doesn’t sound quite right, does it?

I have thought… you might be forgiven for asking if I ever even do anything else 🙂

The answer is yes, plenty, thank you very much 🙂

But nevertheless I have thought of even more minute stuff that shapes my life, whether by giving me that little burst of joy or, on the other side of the coin, annoyance 🙂

For example, knowing a secret that is currently enriching someone else’s life.

Planning an overnight trip to a museum so that the little one could see dinosaurs.

An unexpected change of plan that makes me wonder about what could possibly go on in that person’s mind.

Sitting down to an inocuous discussion which allows me unfettered access into a difficult brain with a matching personality.

News about a friend’s good luck that will also make our lives easier and better.

Reading rubbish which nonetheless makes you aware of certain facts, which then in turn pleasantly surprise a friend.

An inefficiently arranged house which then gets dirty.

Accepting that my feelings aren’t mirrored.

Writing poetry, especially after a long break.

Wondering about the name of a plant, only to have a colleague mentioning it in a completely unrelated context.

Discussing choice, predestination, permaculture and why we usually do not eat felines during the same walk.

Seeing feijoas planted on public domain.

Stepping barefoot onto the soft remains of flowers that appear red from a distance but are actually pink on a closer look.

Lacking motivation to do anything of what needs to be done.

Receiving a certificate – now needing a frame to match the favourite colours of the people who helped me achieve it.

Planting a flower, then figuring out that I actually needed another one but realizing that the two will actually go well together anyway.

More positives than not I notice… 🙂

Hello world!

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Trivia with a twist

or… tangential Renaissance

or…taking advantage of the internet without giving up our gift for reasoning, analysis and synthesis.

I am decidedly odd. So they tell me. Everybody. So I am different…just like everybody else. That means family, friends, colleagues, aquaintances, perfect strangers… although I am not sure I can call the author of a book a perfect stranger… would you?

Of course, I believe myself to be quite normal and I am visibly surprised (I have learnt to hide it a bit better though) when those others don’t think the way I do.

Those others often disagree with me and occasionally even go to the trouble of explaining why. I remember my mother getting really furious when I was taking Sartre’s personal responsibility a bit too literally (think children in a war-torn country, are they responsible for their fates? Could they change their past, present and future? Sartre seemed to think so… I hadn’t thought it that far).

This (and others!) incident started to bring on the idea that maybe I still need to learn. I was a teenager at the time. It did not sit well with my rule the world as a Grey Eminence persona to say the least.

I found great pleasure in researching various subjects. Plants are a favourite – and goodness do they lead to other subjects: conservation, gardening (compost; organic; permaculture, biodynamics), herbalism, home-brewing, natural cosmetics, natural cleaning, drugs (reading about :P), tea – that gets me started again – I have about 25 types of tea and tisanes in my cupboard.

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People are a favourite subject as well, pretty much everything that relates to them, that’s a whole internet right there!

But learning about a subject is one thing and I am happy to do this by myself, for pleasure. How about judging their qualities though? I know some of my biases but that is not enough. The best way I know is to talk it over.

Hence this blog.

I am new to this and will take some time to get used to this type of communication. My first language is not English so my spelling should be ok but my grammar might not.

I like to read. I like to think. I like people. This should prove a challenge for me… 🙂

Until next time!

PS If there are any subjects that you would like to discuss, let me know in the comments below.