Category Archives: Random Rants

The Trouble with Exercise

The Trouble with Exercise

My husband Gareth is on a mission. Strangely, his quest doesn’t involve self-improvement – mental, physical or spiritual. His goal, something he has been pursuing without success for the past seven years, is for me to return to the level of fitness I enjoyed when we lived in California.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: typical male, they all want their women to look their best, which will then increase the likelihood of them wearing sexy negligees and breaking out the bikini in the summer. No (well, probably, but not the main reason), strangely, he is convinced that if I don’t get fit again, I’m going to come down with some dreaded disease that will prematurely end my time on the planet. And if that were to happen, Gareth would apparently be unhappy about it, which I admit is sweet (not the thinking I’m going to die bit, but his resulting unhappiness).

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The Art of Unqualified Kindness

The Art of Unqualified Kindness

The other day, I finished reading Derren Brown’s Confessions of a Conjurer. It’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it books, which I’m drawn to because I figure a work that polarizes people is probably unique, and therefore, worth reading. In it, Derren says that “the single most valuable human trait, the one quality every schoolchild and adult should be taught to nurture, is, quite simply, kindness.”

I find myself thinking about kindness a lot, partly because I’m fascinated by why people do the things they do. But I’m also trying to learn how to be a better person, and I’ve come to the conclusion that being kind is far and away better than being unkind.

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The Etiquette of Writers’ Dos: Consideration Goes a Long Way

The Etiquette of Writers’ Dos: Consideration Goes a Long Way

On the last Tuesday of each month, Edinburgh writers venture out of their writing caves and, blinking up at the late afternoon sun (or most likely here, the overcast grayness pretending to be sun), travel to The Wash, a bar in the center of town. They go there to network with other writers and folks in the publishing industry for a few hours over drinks and sandwiches.

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Dear PayPal: You’re Just a Tool, So Quit Acting Like One

I’ve recently given in and started using PayPal. I say “given in” because I used to do everything I could possibly think of to avoid using it, after my partner Gareth was forced to invest multiple hours fighting with them to get back the $400 he spent on a camera he purchased but never received. In an effort to avoid that kind of pain in the future, I decided it was best to not include them in my repertoire of online payment tools.PayPal has since cornered the market in this area, making it a hassle for me in terms of paying editors, designers and so forth, so I reluctantly set up an account last year. And so far, I’ve been quite happy with their service.

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