Greenwash, exercise and soup

26/05/2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Envormation – a New Zealand-based website which aims to help consumers cut through the greenwash by understanding key environmental information about products and services. (hat tip Idealog).

*  How to fall in love with exercise.

And

* The Soup Chick


Critical Mass

21/04/2015

Discussion on Critical Mass with Noelle McCarthy today was sparked by:

* Owner’s Manual for a Child by Donna Bryant Goertz (hat tip to Not PC).

* Finding Your Voice at the Kitchensgarden (hat tip to Valerie Davies).

and

* 25 live changing style charts every guy needs in his life by Julie Gerstein.


From whence came that phrase?

31/03/2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by a post at Grammarly Blog: 14 Expressions with Crazy Origins that You Would Never Have Guessed

If you’re interested in language Grammarly is a source of education and entertainment. You’ll also find it on Facebook.


Password tips, job loss and questions for kids

10/03/2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* 6 tips for creating an unbreakable password that you’ll remember.

* A New Definition on losing a job at Abbey Has Issues

and

* 11 questions that will make your child happier.


Packing tips and new inventions

20/01/2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* The 15 best luggage hacks ever – not all of which I consider good advice and prompted me to ask when did the word hack replace tip?

and

* 26 clever inventions we need to add to our everyday lives.


Writers on writing and science on science

11/11/2014

Discussion on Critical Mass with Simon Mercep today was sparked by:

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Gardening and domesticity

28/10/2014

Discussion on Critical Mass with Paul Brennan was sparked by:

* Sarah the Gardener

and

* The Domestic Executive


Chocolate chips and eggcorns

23/09/2014

Discussion on Critical Mass with Simon Mercep today was sparked by:

* The science of the best chocolate chip biscuits (they called them cookies, but I prefer biscuits).

And

* Busted with an eggcorn. – malapropisms that ape the sound of a word.


Considerate flyer & a wellfesto

12/08/2014

Discussion with Paul Brennan on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* 8 ways to avoid being ‘that annoying passenger’ on a flight at Conde Nast Daily Traveler

and

* 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out at the Wellfesto (which is a blog manifesto for wellbeing).

This post was sparked by an experience at a gym where the work-out coach was exhorting the class to imagine how they’d look.

The writer knew she didn’t want her daughter to be thinking of appearance as a motivation to fitness, instead she wanted her to know:

1. Strength equals self-sufficiency. . .

2. Fitness opens doors. . .

3. The bike is the new golf course. 

4. Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event. . .

5. Health begets health

6.  The bike is the new golf course. . . .

7.  Working out signals hard-working. . . 

8. If you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. . .

9. Nature rules. . .

10. Little eyes are always watching. . .

 


Playing with ears and words

01/07/2014

Conversation with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* An audio illusion

and

* Word games to determine which breed of English you speak

 


Smiles and tears

27/05/2014

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Does smiling make you happy?

* The Smile Project

and

* Looking at tears under a microscope.

 


Looking and learning

13/05/2014

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Look Up – a YouTube video on social media which isn’t social. (I posted hte clip a couple of days ago – well worth a look and listen).

* Important life lesson from older people

And

* How to overcome regret


Losing and keeping friends

30/04/2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass yesterday was sparked by:

* Time magazine’s list of 10 ways to lose friends

and

Kevin Roberts’ much more positive 10 ways to keep your friends

 


Facebook fears, food fads and a furious pear

15/04/2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Here’s what Facebook’s doing to your brain: it’s kind of shocking

* The Most Challenging Dinner Guest Ever: And 5 Delicious Meals To Feed Them (and yes I do understand that allergies aren’t fads, but let’s not the facts get in the way of an alliterative headline) from The Kitchen.Com

And

* The Furious Pear Pie

 

 


10 words to live by

18/03/2014

Conversation with Jim Mora on Critical Mass this afternoon was sparked by:

Ten words everyone should live by at MindBodyGreen.com


Grammar no-nos and gadgets

04/03/2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

These Famous Authors Made It Okay To Commit Grammar No-No’s among whom is one of my favourite poets, e.e. cummings.

and

What We Can Expect in Gadgets This Year  – I covet the solar rocking chair and the in-wall extension cord.

 


Uncommon thoughts on common things

18/02/2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* 50 Reasons We’re Living Through the Greatest Period in World History by Morgan Housel at The Motley Fool.

* Robert Fulghhum’s Journal – he’s the author of All I really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten at the start of which you’ll find the Story Teller’s Creed which he posts here.

and

* A working mother writes to a stay at home mother and a stay at home mother writes to a working one by Carolyn Ee at Healthy Doctor.


Fake signs & two types of people

04/02/2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked off by:

 Fake signs in the London Underground

And

There are two kinds of people in the world

 

 

 


Arguing better, Good Wolf & dullest blog

21/01/2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked off by:

*   Three destructive behaviours we all fall back on when arguing and how to fix them.  The suggestions solutions sound easy in theory, the challenge will be to remember and apply them in practice.

* The Good Wolf Manifesto – food for mind, body and spirit (check out the story behind the blog name on the about page and what success looks like on signing off the Good Wolf for 2013).

* The Dullest Blog in the World – 393 comments on tidying some pencils – I can only shake my head in wonder.


Critical Mass

17/12/2013

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked off by:

* A Peculiar Christmas Feast and the 4th Wise Man from Valerie Davies, one of my favourite bloggers.

* Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

* What 120 things you should do every day to improve your life

And:

* If you need some inspiration for your resolutions try the New Year’s resolution generator.


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