Reading

The Inside Scoop by Michael Stahl – Narratively: Local stories, boldly told Untitled The United Sades of America | Hussein Ibish | The Baffler Sven Birkerts – The art of attention Untitled The Curse of Reading and Forgetting : The New Yorker Billy Joel on Not Working and Not Giving Up Drinking – NYTimes.com

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I am

Changes take time. No matter how deep my desire to be ‘better’ I need to learn to be patient. And I am. Changes don’t have to be sweeping. Small steps towards a goal make progress easier than trying to leap large boulders in a single bound. I should enjoy the process as much as the achievements. And I am. Changes aren’t always obvious. In the whirl of data I can collect about me – my weight, my body measurements, my eating habits, the number of steps I take each day, how far I cycle on my bike, how long I sleep – I need to trust my instincts more and enjoy the change, not the data. And I am. Changes …

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The good, the bad

… and for the purposes of this post, I’ll play ‘the ugly’ (shut it at the back!). The good We were out and about last weekend and enjoyed a fun-filled evening at Cabaresque, a cabaret/burlesque show organised by some friends. It’s all for charity and as most of the audience and acts, know each other, it’s a great laugh (although I feel sorry for the two comedians as they probably got some very specific heckles they won’t have had to deal with in the past!). Part way through there is a raffle, and this year we won two prizes! I also went up to collect a third on behalf of someone who couldn’t really walk in her shoes… so most …

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Reading

Untitled Beyond the Pale | The Weekly Standard Small Talk | The Point Magazine The BMX Boys of E.T. by Emon Hassan – Narratively: Local stories, boldly to The Legend of Malacrianza: Costa Rica’s badass, killer toro – SBNation.com

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Pondering Poly

On Facebook, I am listed as being in an ‘Open Relationship’ with Kirsty. It’s something we are still figuring out, and it may change in the future. I’ve had some brief conversations with friends and family but really, what does it mean? Ultimately, that’s a question I can’t yet answer and, knowing that relationships evolve I’m not sure I ever will. However, I’m lucky enough to know some people involved in a polyamorous relationship and they, and other people in similar circumstances, are writing some fascinating posts. The series is called Poly Means Many (http://www.polymeansmany.com/) and is picking apart the misconceptions and misunderstandings around what these relationships are about. Since my divorce, the whole concept of what a relationship means …

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Guilt

Warning: My main focus at the moment is my health/weight. Read on at your own risk. The transition from guilt to excuse is a quick one for me. When I feel a bit flat, or bored, or just tired (mostly the latter) I get lazy and my good intentions falter, my standards drop. I slob around, let my flat get messy and adopt a ‘who gives a shit’ attitude. It’s not very nice. This mood usually ends up with a few nights of high-fat, high-calorie, takeaway dinners. I know I shouldn’t do this. I know I shouldn’t eat what I do, I’m very very aware of that, and in that respect I’m no different to anyone else who isn’t happy …

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