Friday Night Think Tank: Naughty But So Nice

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

3 wise daisyOnly two more weeks until Christmas, Modern Philosophers, which can mean only one thing…

Just one week until Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens!

Okay, so maybe I’m forgetting that the Christmas Season is about giving, spreading joy, and being filled with the Christmas Spirit.   In my defense, however, it’s kind of hard to remember all that other stuff when the life changing movie from my childhood is about to unleash another chapter on a world totally undeserving of such a gift.

Clearly, The Force is strong with Santa Claus for bringing us this awesome present.

Even Doc Brown is excited about the flick, and insisted that his photo be replaced with one of Daisy Ridley for this post.

Obviously, Doc is all about giving and spreading some joy.

Let’s head out to the Think Tank for our weekly Philosophical Exercise.  It’s okay to hum the Star Wars theme…

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It’s Not Too Late


This is 40


2015 is winding down. How did you make out with those New Year’s resolutions you made at the beginning of the year? Are they long forgotten? Are you starting to think towards 2016? Are you thinking that next year is the year you’ll get it all right?

Maybe you are feeling stressed or tired as the holidays fast approach. Perhaps you are getting rundown and falling victim to a cold or flu that is going around.

There are still 21 days in 2015. That is enough time to start on a path of making some small, healthy changes. Forget about waiting till January 1, start now-with little, inexpensive things you can do each day that will help your body, mind, spirit.

As you think about giving gifts to others this season-don’t forget yourself. Be kind to yourself and take a few minutes each day to do a nurturing activity just for you.

Day 1-make…

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It’s been busy, in a build-up sort of way (but I am trying to find that cosmic balance).

Today I went running for an hour. I made a gift bag and wrapped a gift I’d bought with my friend for a deal (for us both; gift-agendas coinciding). I attended the lecture and took notes and tried to pay attention to flatmate and coursemate alike. I spent some lovely time with a friend bonding. We did a lot of cool stuff which motivated me. I discovered the financial times isn’t just business in a corporate sense and can help so much more. I visited a possible apartment/house. I watched ‘Home’ and Devil Wears Prada today. I had a cup of coffee (it’s been a while). I collected pebble-stones from the first spread of sand-beach here, some for myself and some to take back to my friend. I got earrings and rings today for a deal. I was stared at and had a car slow almost to a stop next to me- the looks unfriendly, so I sped up and was safe again. I am pretty sure they circled us twice onwards. I ran with weights on. My dishes are done, my room clean. Today is a Friday. I have been remembering my medicines. The playlist for Home was great:

Home Playlist

I particularily like ‘Towards the Sun’- Rihanna. I feel so motivated but I need to sleep.

To Do List- Saturday I have tabs for jobs I need to research. I have newspapers I need to analyse next to me. I have a kindle book to read a bit, two academic books and the assorted research notebook next to me, a diary/journal + goal planner. I want to paint and visit the seas edge in daylight and get strawberry candies and stretch and catch up to notes and fill in the pages. I want to do my training tomorrow. I want to join SilverLine, visit the court, join in the INNOCENCE project and enter into writing and essay competitions. Tomorrow I am going to teach another friend how to do her hair via Pinterest- maybe two. I have to do my book-keeping. I have to fulfil my to do list here.

Yesterday I made pancakes successfully.

SHARE: ’21 Little Things To Make More Time For Next Year’

Sure you have to pay the bills, and sure there are only so many hours in the day, but take time to doing whatever it is that flows naturally: writing, painting, singing, swimming.

Source: 21 Little Things To Make More Time For Next Year

-A bit of mindfulness; self-awareness really. Found that it points out the little things that, in retrospect, or with a little thought, make sense and seem obvious, except when you’re busy, mentally, physically, in every-day or special-days life. See?


So, a reminder.

A cheerful extract

Hi Journal,

I have been busy with NaNoWriMo and since then, been briefly sick with lack of sleep/insomnia which took a trip to the AandE, and lots of bed rest (3 days, 1 1/2 hrs sleep through them; slept Monday 5pm-Tuesday 4.20, with a couple instances of wakefulness- water)…but alas, a quick post for my absence:


current read: The Fellowship of the Ring:



(walking-song, Hobbits humming)-

Upon the hearth the fire is Red,

Beneath the roof there is a bed;

But not yet weary are our feet,

Still round the corner we may meet

A sudden tree or standing stone

That none have seen but we alone

Tree and flower and leaf and grass,

Let them pass! let them pass!

Hill and water under sky,

Pass them by! pass them by!
Still round the corner there may wait

A new road or a secret gate,

And though we pass them by today,

Tomorrow we may come this way

And take the hidden paths that run

Towards the Moon or to the Sun.

Apple, thorn, and nut, and sloe,

Let them go! Let them go!

sand and stone and pool and dell,

Fare you well! Fare you well!


Home is behind, the world ahead,

And there are many paths to tread,

Through shadows to the edge of night,

Until the stars are all alight.

Then world behind and home ahead,

We’ll wander back to home and bed.

Mist and twilight, cloud and sbade,

Away shall face, away shall fade!

Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,

And then to bed! And then to bed!

-( courtesy of Bilbo, and written by windows phone- much harder than if I’d. Used the laptop…grr.)


nami x