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The Difference Between “Want” And “Need” (Or – The Best Way To Get Me To Accept Offers Of Help)

The English language is very strange sometimes. Different word combinations can get different reactions from different people. There are certain words which set my teeth on edge whenever I hear them in certain sentences which are directed at me. One … Continue reading

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Life Can Either Make You Or Break You (Or – How I Manage To Muddle Through)

There is something strange about having what are tantamount to two terminal diagnoses on top of an existing lifelong Disability – the terminal diagnoses appear to worry everyone else more than they worry me. Yes – when I first found … Continue reading

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My Favourite Christmas Carols

I have got two favourite Christmas Carols – one to listen to and one to sing. I got a blast of both of them this week. On Monday night I heard my favourite female singer sing “Oh Holy Night”. If … Continue reading

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Why Names Matter (Especially The Correct Pronunciation Of Them)

The one thing I hear most often when I introduce myself is “That’s a nice name”. The second thing is “That’s an unusual name”. Very occasionally I hear a surprised tone of voice with a Dutch accent exclaiming “That is … Continue reading

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Logic And Sideways Thinking Do Not Mix (Or – Why Teaching Yourself How To Learn Can Be Difficult)

This week I read an article which actually made perfect sense to me – just not for the exact reason stated in the article. The reason it made so much sense was explained by one sentence – “I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Inclusion Doesn’t Need To Be Difficult (Or The Day I Didn’t Actually Feel Like An Afterthought)

On Saturday afternoon I went to an event at the church I attend. It was a “Ladies Afternoon” and I really enjoyed it. Now – had the people in charge of planning the event actually gone out of their way … Continue reading

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Questions Versus Answers (Or – Are We Sure We Are Asking The Correct Questions In The First Place???)

There is something which will become blazingly obvious to anyone who decides to attempt to educate me about any given topic – my brain doesn’t compute things in the same way as the rest of the known universe. It has … Continue reading

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