Jar of Unhelpful Thoughts

Dear reader, this here is my Jar of Unhelpful Thoughts. It has a permanent place on my desk, next to my pen mug. I shall now tell its story. I used to be a writer who loved having written but for whom the process of writing itself could be absolute agony. The reason it was […]

Enchanted April

A thoroughly warm, charming book published in 1922 – old-worldy, yet so modern in its treatment of our yearning to be happy and free. The Kindle download is a mere £1, and if you can read books on a computer screen (I can’t!), you can even find the book completely free of charge at The […]

Owning It

The next time someone tells you that you’re “so sensitive”, play them this video.

Things To Be Happy About

I have an earlier edition of this book (Chevy Chase and smile buttons, anyone?) – and I think it’s absolutely delightful. 🙂 It’s nice to be reminded of the joy of little things, like fresh towels, velvet footstools, or the fact that someone somewhere is teaching a parrot to speak. Save

The Imaginary World Of…

Not happy with the world we live in? Create your own! 🙂 This book really is fun and a half! Save Save

A bit of thrill & suspense – a book recommendation

A great read for Samhain/Halloween/All Saints’ Day/late autumn/just because. I promise you it is just the right kind of chill & thrill. 🙂 (Clicking on the image will take you to, but the book is available on other Amazons, too!)

How to get what you really want

Dear reader, for close to two years I’ve lived in a reality where this was the first book recommendation I ever posted on this blog. Imagine my surprise when it turns out that this is not the case – I probably couldn’t think of a write-up that was good enough and kept postponing the post […]

Drawn to so many things that you can’t choose?

Congratulations, you’re a Scanner! And you need to read this book: Barbara Sher’s Refuse to Choose! (or What Do I Do When I Want To Do Everything? which is the name of the UK edition of the same book). As the name suggests, this book will not urge you to settle down already and zoom […]

Ever Wanted To Just Climb Into Bed And Stay There?

A funny and poignant story about becoming overwhelmed, needing and being needed, and the importance of kindness.    

Film Fun

A wonderful, warm-hearted film you should see if you haven’t yet! 🙂