Flavours of Italy

When I got side-tracked by poetry, I wondered what the heck I was doing. I went with it and it surprised me. Not so much in the first book, but certainly in the second because the choice of topic wove itself into the novel series. It felt right and then it slowly dawned on me…… Continue reading Flavours of Italy

Have you got a bucket list?

It’s almost the end of the year, and time for that making resolutions conversation. Personally, I am not a resolution person, instead I am someone that has a bucket list. Resolutions to me are a set of rules to improve behaviour. I would like to think we consider this all year round. Bucket lists however…… Continue reading Have you got a bucket list?

Best Wishes to all

  Wishing you a lovely day wherever you are and whoever you are.   Barbara Strickland 2018

Supporting others is a form of gift giving; Meet Claudine Tinellis

The season for giving has arrived once again. These days it all seems to come so soon, a symptom of the times. Everything happens faster. One year follows another before we know it. These days everything comes with a price tag and not being as solvent as I would like to be, I have had…… Continue reading Supporting others is a form of gift giving; Meet Claudine Tinellis

Il Volo and a little bit of Italy

I am totally in love with the Sicilian group, Il Volo. The truth is I love anything Italian but these voices are magnificent, individually unique and yet they blend perfectly. You will find I will choose Il Volo often because of the emotion they are able to express so beautifully. Someone suggested I translate the…… Continue reading Il Volo and a little bit of Italy

Romans Like Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius With all the thinking I have been putting into the last few posts I’ve come to the slow realisation that I have actually managed to inspire…… Continue reading Romans Like Aurelius

Do you need to shed some curves? Are the balls too heavy?

  What do you do when life throws constant curve balls right at your face? Hey, I’m talking heavy duty, lots of kilos, knock you down balls. Well? You find a way to dodge, and swerve until they go away, and they will. Determination and a strong desire to achieve on their own are not…… Continue reading Do you need to shed some curves? Are the balls too heavy?

I was going through some of my earlier blogs from a previous website, and came across one I had written about paying it forward.  It seemed apt considering the last few months.  Having published my novel, I knew it would be a slow process to get readers and reviews.  Let’s face facts. The competition out…… Continue reading