Are you a jackhammer or a hummingbird?

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As I've been described as a 'hummingbird on speed', this article really appealed to me ūüôā According to Elizabeth Gilbert - The world is divided into two types of people. There are the hummingbirds, and there are the jackhammers. Although I'm not a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, this article on Mamamia, caught my attention. …

A crazy place – #Writespiration: Week 19

Writespiration¬†is a great challenge as it really gets my grey matter working. The challenge is to write something¬†using the weekly theme, in just 52 words‚Ķ. EXACTLY 52 words, no more, no less and it's harder than it sounds. This week Sacha wants to get to know us better so we have to pretend money is …

Reblog: Not a good week!¬† ‚Äď Deb’s World

Wonder Woman

I can't let today, 10 May 2017, go¬†by without mentioning that one year ago today we were told our jobs as educators in the State's Correctional Centres were to be axed by the end of 2016. It started a dreadful time of worry, concern, upset, ill health and general malaise. ¬†We were all summonsed to …

How I made friends with Pinterest

social media

Since retiring in January 2017, I have had lots more time to spend on blogging, social media and learning new skills. ¬†I know that as you age you are supposed to keep your brain busy, so I treated my blogging/social media as if I was learning a new language. I was in fact learning a …

A new me or an upgraded version?

Isn't it interesting how you can read a post and all the accompanying comments and get a real feel for people and their situation?  I love blogging for that very reason. Since retiring I have made contact with many other middle aged bloggers who are in much the same boat as I am.  It's been …

2016 – the year that was!

Tumba-bloody-Rumba was the winner as the most viewed post on my blog in 2016. ¬†Did you see it? In¬†looking back at my blog¬†stats for 2016 I have been very surprised about what featured in my top 10 based on views. ¬†Posts on local government issues, travels, photo challenges¬†and ongoing issues with my forced¬†redundancy¬†collected the top …

Mantra for the future

Mantra for the future

As our redundancy date draws closer the farewells have begun.  I have just two weeks to go! After a lifetime (well 22 years in the one workplace anyway) it is a massive change to  come to terms with.  All my staff are taking redundancies so it will be the end of an era. I was completely …

On being made redundant…..

My thoughts on being made redundant Meaning: not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous. Synonyms: ¬†Unnecessary, not required, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable. unwanted, useless¬† Back in 2016, I was sitting and talking with my sister at her hospital bed and it was therapeutic for both of us. ¬† For …

Jailhouse Blues by Murray Cook

This article was written by Murray Cook, a fellow teacher at Long Bay Correctional Centre in Sydney and was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 27/8/16. ¬†He sums it up very well and adds a human element to our case. Jailhouse Blues: Premier's decision will rock may lives Pottering around the Blue Mountains …

Partners in crime

partners in crime, now out of a job

These lovely people are just some of my partners in crime! I have worked with many of these good people for well over 10 years, (I'm the one on the far left of the photo). I have been in this workplace for over 20 years and their Manager for all of this time. ¬†In all …

Education beats crime every day

Education beats crime

The importance of Education in jails I know I've mentioned it before on my blog (Not a good week, Wednesday 11/5/16, and this BuzzFeed interview) but I thought I'd share my latest foray into speaking out about this very important issue.  I was interviewed by a local TV station during the week and I don't know about you but I …

iPhriday – Trashing a room

room trashed

It's Phriday - time for a laugh While in Sydney for meetings, my work colleague (and friend) decided to play a practical joke on me. This involved her 'trashing' my hotel room. As her room wasn't ready I generously let her use mine until she could get into her room. She thanked me for my …

Weekly photo challenge: Happy/sad faces

Faces

Happy or sad faces? Here are two smiley faces but are they really happy faces? Sometimes smiles can be deceiving and if you knew the background to this photo you would wonder how they could smile at all, given the news they had received that day. The champagne is also a bit of a throw …

Not a good week! 

Wonder Woman

It seems I'm more political than I thought! I'm also very angry! I've rarely shared information about my work on my blog but this week I have well and truly broken that self imposed ban. And for a very good reason. This week we were informed that our jobs, as educators within correctional centres across …

iPhriday – city lights

city lights

It's Phriday! It's not been the best week but this view from my hotel room in the centre of Sydney was one of the good things to happen! The night view¬†was beautiful and the sunrise was pretty good too. iPhriday¬†is where we get¬†to¬†share photos taken with a mobile phone.¬†You can see my previous iPhriday posts …

Wordless Wednesday 11/5/16

Smile and quote

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday¬† I don't usually add words to these ¬†Wordless Wednesday posts believing that the picture tells the story but today is a bit different. The quote used with my photo is very fitting at the moment. This article tells a story which affects me and my colleagues. I rarely, if ever, talk …

Every day is an adventure – 88/365

Flying into Sydney, view from the plane window

A sky high adventure! Flying into Sydney - what a lovely view I had from my little plane. "Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute." ‚ÄĒ George Bernard Shaw All is going well with my 365 day photo challenge and there always seems to be …