Ten Ways to Tell that You’ve Had a Successful Summer Recess

You know you’ve had a successful summer recess when:

1. You spent less time in the emergency room this year than last year
2. Your house looks like Genghis Khan rode through
3. You have bright, shiny new graffiti on your walls
4. Your laundry is threatening to break out of the laundry room
5. You still can’t find where that smell is coming from
6. Your cupboards are bare
7. Your neighbours are still talking to you
8. You managed to put together an acceptable school uniform
9. You opened your last jar of coffee on the day they went back to school
10. And despite all that, all you can think about is going back to bed to catch up on some sleep!

Congratulations. You’re a survivor.

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No Photos, Please–We’re Paranoid

You may have noticed that although I often speak about my children and grandchildren, I never include photos of identifiable people. I believe that most people protect their credit card details better than they protect their children!

After school, yesterday, my wife and I took two of our grandchildren to the park. They were enjoying themselves on the various swings and slides, and then they both went to sit in this egg-shaped spinner. It looked really sweet, so I got out my camera.

As I was lining up the photo, a park keeper stopped alongside and said, “You’re not allowed to use that here.”

For a moment, I wondered who he was speaking to. Then I realised it was me.

“What?”

“The camera – You’re not allowed to use it here.”

Now, after 9/11 I was doing a photography course and I encountered a number of security guards who thought they were doing their job by stopping people taking photos in public places. So I looked into the rules and, yes, photos are allowed in public places.

This particular park, of course, is not a public place. It belongs to a local former mansion now turned into a museum.

“So where’s the sign?” I asked, not realising that I was right next to one! Yes. Embarrassing!

He started to explain, but I cut him short.

“It’s okay. I know the reason.”

“It’s not about you,” he said, “It’s to protect your grandchildren.”

“I know,” I said, and I put my camera back in its bag as he walked away.

This is not paranoia. As it happens, I agree with the rule. I think all children’s play areas should ban photographs. There are too many people out there willing to take, and sell, photos of children for obscene purposes.

So, yes. I complied. I took no photos. Because I know that in giving up that right, I am protecting, not only my own grandchildren, but children everywhere.

Grandpa’s Poetic Way

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I believe that I have finally sorted out the problem with my book, and it is now available for free download, this weekend.

It is available here for Amazon UK readers, and here in the US. It is available worldwide, so you should be able to find it if you search for its updated title, Grandpa’s Poetic Way.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you to all those who have already taken a look. If you feel moved to offer a review, that would be appreciated. If you don’t like it, then that’s okay, too.

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On Thursday, I posted that I would be making my book available for free download over the weekend. Unfortunately, I appear to have confuse the Amazon system for the US website and my book failed to show up there.

Therefore, I decided to pull the promotion for this weekend so that I could re-offer it, later. I hope to get the free download available again next weekend and this time, to include my US readers in the offer.

I can only apologize for the confusion.

Meanwhile, I will just have to start work on the next volume.

Been Busy

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Well, hello, everyone. I hope you missed me!

You may (or may not) have been wondering where I’ve been. Well, I can now reveal that following encouragement from several sources, including Rita of The Anxious Traveler fame, I have finally published my book, Grandpa’s Way: Poetic Motivation on Amazon.

The book is a collection of my poems and photographs with some adjustments and explanations. It is designed to provide motivation and starting points for mindful meditation. I don’t consider myself to be an expert, but as many bloggers know, prompts can be found in all sorts of places.

So I hope you will forgive me for being away from my blog for the last few days. I have not been away from my keyboard. I am amazed at how much work was involved in getting the work finalized.

How does it feel? Well, when I was about twelve, I had a dream of taking my notebook and pen (no portable computers in those days) up the mountain to a secluded spot, writing a book, and getting it published. I have had several unsuccessful attempts at fiction, over the years, but never finished anything. However, thanks in great measure to the blogging community I have now published my first book.

And it feels fantastic.

So, if you feel like wandering over to Amazon and taking a look, that would be wonderful. If you feel like writing a review, then that would be even more wonderful.

Once again, thank you to all my readers for the help and encouragement. Now it’s time for some sleep, ready to work on the next book.

 

Grandpa’s Way–A Parent’s Dilemma

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The previous article in this series looked at keeping the peace with your children when they leave home. This can be particularly difficult when problems arise in their marriage. As a parent, however, it is your responsibility to keep the peace whilst granting your children the dignity of dealing with their own issues. Let’s look at this, next.

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