Ashley Grey

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A tale of ten thousand euros is about winning. It all started with one child and a woman wishing to learn to read and write. A tale about winning The opportunity of teaching literacy skills, free of cost to learners, was a rewarding experience, and witnessing the transformation and confidence that comes with learning and mastery felt good. Soon, the class grew as girls of varying ages joined. There was a handful of boys, which, I suppose was alright too. The need for more resources to manage the growth was clear at this point. “Achievement is no hocus-pocus. It is focus, focus.” Ana C. Antunes So, we could try to seek out funding. A tale of winning I remember the email notification of a funding opportunity for art, education, and technology-based initiatives. To know that we met the requirements was reassuring.  I also remember the excitement of knowing our application…

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It is in a book. That which you seek! If you have the drive to seek it. There’s often an answer in the fine print and a lot of learning in belles-lettres. It is in a book. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to unique literary styles and expressions. I read dictionaries and encyclopedias too when I was quite young. Yeah! I know! Nerdy stuff! I was curious about words and how to use them correctly. I still am! Some words are unusual. Art, stories about love, faith and adventure helped shape my world. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges Well put, Jorge! All that was stored will have to come out in time, right? I truly enjoy writing. No surprise there! Maybe, because the things that take our attention, eventually manifest. Good or bad. One…

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Looking through the lens of a pair of binoculars can be such fun and feels so different when compared to our natural eyes. Images are sharper and magnified.  We might experience beauty, ugliness, pleasure or pain at such times. JUDGING THROUGH A LENS We tend to make judgements by the external. Mistakes and weaknesses may be magnified through the lenses we use. “The people are giants. We were like grasshoppers in our eyes and their eyes” The Ten This conclusion cost the ten scouts an inheritance. They saw themselves as unfit to possess a good land through their looking glass. However, two scouts, Caleb and Joshua, quite unlike the ten, thought they could take the land and did so. We all have to look and draw conclusions from the images we see. Letting the glass define us though may be sort of like one letting a bird build a nest…

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Looking in from the outside and everything seems perfect. Sometimes things are indeed as they appear. Other times, not so much. Three friends are hiking and happen upon a bridge. Looking from the top of the bridge at the river below, the river looked blue and sparkling clean. Except they knew better because they had seen it up close and the river is anything but what it seems looking down from the bridge.   A what- you- see- not- what- you- get situation right there. geranium The trio continue on a map trail that indicated there was fishing and reach a cove which seemed perfect enough for fishing looking from the outside. They catch nothing after trying for a while. One of them observed that he was losing worms. Something is down there and I’ll catch it, he thought. He was rewarded with three small fish for lunch. The clues…

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A label is nice when one is looking to boost a brand or stand out from the competition. How about other times? Can labels be limiting? William may cheerfully greet a new neighbour. James may not even make eye contact with the new neighbour. William may get labelled as friendly or an extrovert while James is viewed as unfriendly or an introvert. Same situation, different expressions and perceptions. William and James expressing themselves differently, and get defined based on people’s perceptions. Rightly or wrongly! Through the years, like William and James could, we might believe perceptions and labels about us and repeat them often enough. “oh, I am squeamish,” one might say. Or “I have been described as finicky, and we typically put others down.” And like an eagle that does not soar, because it thinks it is a chicken, our wings are clipped, and not in a good way.A…

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Some people enter a room and moments later, it feels like all the air disappeared. Others light up the room with their presence. You wish to see them again. Vastly different dispositions are revealed in the way people conduct themselves. Indeed, we are creatures of habit. I share three habits that quickly reveal a person’s personality. SOCIAL MEDIA REVEALS PERSONALITY Laura posts selfies quite frequently on social media. She shares what she eats and many other activities daily. These habits reveal a personality that is attention-seeking and self-obsessed. She may be cheered or shunned for her habits. I guess that depends on who is looking. PERSONALITY AND THE WAY WE TREAT OTHERS Dora says sorry, please and thank you. Her habits reveal a caring nature. People easily become comfortable around her. Her personality is endearing. Experts assert that people with her disposition are more likely to be givers than takers.…

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Find your Ikigai [ee-key-guy] and live long and happy. Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles share inspiring perspectives on finding your Ikigai and living happier in their bestseller titled Ikigai; The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Ikigai is from the Japanese word meaning a reason to live. It is what makes you look forward to getting up in the morning because you are excited to start the day. You have found purpose and it could be more than one, but they kind of fit together. Find your ikigai and live a long and happy life. FIND YOUR IKIGAI AND LIVE LONG Finding your Ikigai requires a patient search. Garcia and Miralles affirm that we are happiest when we know what to do, know how to do it, and know how well we are doing. The happiness that comes from finding and persistently pursuing purpose keeps us alive longer.…

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So I took this personality test. If you are curious and wonder about quirky traits that we as humans tend to have, then you are in good company. Yours truly is curious too. After responding as truthfully as I possibly could to the questions, I got the result and details about my personality. Being described as “creative”, “idealist and doer” was sort of endearing.  Why dream and not follow through right?  I sort of wondered about the description “perfectionistic”. Isn’t that like a scenario where one might always be seeking to get things right every time? The expression “there is something rotten in Denmark” implies that an ideal situation is not always possible and mistakes happen. Now that might be worth remembering.  The personality test is fun to take and mostly accurate if you answer as truthfully as possible. Click the link below and maybe be pleasantly surprised at your…

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 Words have always held a fascination for me especially when they are used creatively. Idioms are charming and give character to words when used correctly. Some idioms are regional, and only locals understand them easily. There are popular, humorous and serious idioms and maybe we can use them more frequently to express thoughts uniquely? A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS. This is popular, and a way to ask what someone who is lost in thought, is thinking about. ON YER BIKE.This is regional and often a disrespectful way to tell someone to go away. AL FRESCO A way of saying “outside”We ate al fresco under the olive trees.This is quite a striking way to say ‘we ate outside’. Yes? AN AMBULANCE CHASERA lawyer who finds work by persuading people that are injured in an accident to ask for money from the people who caused the injury is an ambulance chaser.John makes…

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