A collection of quotes and thoughts from others and myself covering all aspects of life.

“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” 

Allen K Chalmers

“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great”

Tom Hanks

“No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot”

Mark Twain


We live in a world where there is more and more information and less and less meaning. – Jean Baudrillard

We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves,

for all the old roots — religion, nation, community, family, or profession —

are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.

Alvin Toffler

Whilst some of this is random and may have little connection you may get the impression that I am anti religion or any other system that seeks to control people and indoctrinate them. If you are or are not religious I recommend that as a beginning you read ‘God Is Not Great’  by Chritopher Hitchens.

“when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”   Robert Pirsig – Lila (1991)

God — of course — is not real. He is just an idea, an illusion. But here is the troubling question: Is such an illusion essential to the success of the tribe? Is the competitive universe a place where a rational tribe must always succumb to one driven by a blind — but determined — collective insanity?  Dr. Idel Dreimer

I believe in God, I just don’t trust anyone who works for him. ~Author unknown, from a stand-up comedy routine on television

When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out. ~Frank Sinatra

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens. ~Michel de Montaigne, translated

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. ~Edgar Allen Poe

If we are going to teach ‘creation science’ as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction. ~Judith Hayes, In God We Trust: But Which One?

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish. ~Author Unknown


verb (used without object)
to think or argue in a logical manner.
to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.

Synonyms for reason

sound mind






Back in the 80’s Tony Buzan released a book about study techniques and Mind Mapping. At this time I was studing for an OU degree primarily in Educational Psychology. This book revolusionised the way I studied and therby learnt things. Many years later I myself did some teaching and was amazed to discover that children are not taught how to study! When I had a new group of students I always dedicated the 1st lesson to study techniques and re inforced this throughout the course. Why children are not taught how to study is beyond me, and in this 21st Century a lot of teaching is still similar to the old ways of rote learning.


I created mind maps for a given subject area I was studying and when it came to exam time I would see the mind map in my head and re create it to then aid my exam answers.

How to Mind Map.

  • Think of your general main theme and write that down in the center of the page. i.e. Food
  • Figure out sub-themes of your main concept and draw branches to them from the center, beginning to look like a spider web i.e. Meats, Dairy, Breads
  • Make sure to use very short phrases or even single words
  • Add images to invoke thought or get the message across better
  • Try to think of at least two main points for each sub-theme you created and create branches out to those

“Organizing ideas and concepts into graphic patterns has been explored for years by cognitive educators. Mind Mapping builds a process structure or “map” over the content body of the material a person has gathered, thereby organizing it for development. Constructivism, simply stated, is the philosophy that we learn by organizing new concepts and ideas relative to our own experience. Mind Mapping mirrors the constructivist theory. Research has shown that developing mind maps increases thinking, memory and learning skills. Recently Lehigh acquired a software program called MindView, which takes the idea of Mind Mapping to a new level.”

– Johanna Brams, MSEDT, Lehigh University

You’ve Changed!

Things Have Gone, and I will not deny it.


Over the last few months I have found myself reflecting upon my life, comparing the past with now.  Whether coincidence or linked, since I had a stroke in 2016 I have changed, evolved, become a different person!

The changes may interest you especially if you have had a stroke as well.  Of course, some changes, even all, might be part of the ageing process.

My taste in music has changed almost completely and dramatically.

I have taken to liking poetry.

I like more obscure art and film.

I have become a keen bird watcher and photographer.

I have lost interest in watching TV.

I have become indifferent to, and intolerant of  most people.

More often I would rather be on my own.

I would rather not have to work.

I have become more right wing in my political thinking.

I struggle to concentrate (no surprises there)

Jumbled noisy environments really bother me, to the point I have to leave the building or room.