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Sunday Reflections – Better Communication and Listening

Recently I have been writing about how we can listen better to what others are saying with the intention of improving our communication. Effective listening incorporates taking note of the pitch, rate and timbre of the voice as well as facial expressions, non-verbal postures or actions. Non-Verbal Communication " Watch out for the man whose… Continue reading Sunday Reflections – Better Communication and Listening

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Australian Slang – Lost in Translation, Mate

Sometimes, Australian Slang causes problems. Every Aussie uses it. When you're born here, the meaning of those strange, shortened words are absorbed by osmosis. We are hardly even cognizant we're saying them. We assume everyone understands what we mean. Photo Credit: Facebook However, being so different to standard English words, the Australian Vernacular makes it… Continue reading Australian Slang – Lost in Translation, Mate

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Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!

Australians are renowned for a laconic, self-deprecating sense of humour that is, to a large extent, the sort of mockery that is not meant to offend. Australia - New Zealand Relations We love to tease the New Zealanders about their accent and habits, like their habit of calling all and sundry, 'bro.' The Kiwis, in… Continue reading Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!

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Poetry Challenge – September Round up

    The Prompt for September was to write a Limerick or humorous poem. Only five lines long, limerick poems have an ‘AABBA’ rhyme scheme.   Featured Poets – Colonialist's Blog     I do suppose that each season Does come with a kind of a reason, And most are quite fine, But I draw… Continue reading Poetry Challenge – September Round up

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Poetry Writing Tips and May Challenge

Poetry Writing Tips included below:- Time is almost up for posting poems for the A and I Poetry Challenge for the month of  May. Have you written your poem, yet? Post a poem with a linkback to my blog and Ineke's before the 28th May, so I can easily find it and include it in… Continue reading Poetry Writing Tips and May Challenge

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs,… Continue reading Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

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Five Minutes of Summer – Free Writing Day 24 Silence

This challenge encourages to write freely for five minutes on a given topic, each day for the months of October, without major re-writing or corrections. I have labelled it Five Minutes of Summer because already it is summer here in Australia.

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs and Sayings

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs,… Continue reading Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs and Sayings

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs and Sayings

Each Thursday, I share a thought - provoking saying and proverb. We can learn so much from wisdom passed down from previous generations. Although sometimes, cryptic, the succinct words often ring true and it can be educational to interpret their meanings.

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Five Minutes of Summer – October Online Blogging Challenge

Five Minutes of Summer – New Online Blogging Challenge

The 31 Days Free Writing Challenge, an online writing challenge started by home blogger, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), and now hosted by Crystal Stine, and Kate Motaung where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October.