Thursday
Aug232012

Let's Write a Short Story by Joe Bunting

'Let's Write a Short Story!' is a brilliant & bold book.  Joe Bunting's writing empowers the reader, leaving them with the feeling - 'I can write this story.' And, more importantly, 'I will write this story!'    Packed full of takeaway knowledge and personal experience, this book is rousing & required reading for anyone who wants to write stories.

I had the opportunity to read this book before it was published and I can tell you, this is not a book you will want to miss buying.  

Joe talks about the book on his fantastic blog the write practice - one I highly recommend you start reading and following right now!

Let's go, let's write a short story - I can't wait to read yours.

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable

 

Wednesday
Aug222012

Strawberry, Cucumber & Goat's Cheese Salad

I was invited to a Strawberry Tea today. It was a fundraising event for Breast Cancer & the theme was 'strawberries'

Everyone was asked to make a contribution to the lunch. With so many sweet things being made I opted for a savoury strawberry salad.

There's nothing quite as summery as a bowl of perfectly ripe strawberries tossed in black pepper, and mixed with soft goats cheese & ribbons of salted cucumber. Topped off with a drizzle of really grassy extra virgin olive oil.

Served with some crusty bread or BBQ'd chicken or pork this salad is heaven on a plate. The sweet sour of the strawberries is the perfect contrast to the the creamery goats cheese, and salty watery cucumber, brings a coolness to proceedings.

You can add a dash or two of balsamic vinegar or a squeeze of lemon juice but really it's not needed.

Do you have a favourite summer salad?

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable

Monday
Aug202012

Tomatoes

Few things are as pleasurable as eating produce straight from the garden especially if you grew it yourself! I'm cheating slightly as my brother grew these, in the corner of his conservatory - protecting them from the Irish Rain.

Incredible doesn't quite cover how good these tasted. Each one was a tiny bite of sharp sweet tartness, the perfect combination of sweet & sour. I ate more than I picked yesterday. But the crop is abundant & I'm going to make some chutney to use up those that don't first make it into salads.

Tomatoes served in a bowl with a glossing of olive oil a hint of pepper & a pinch of sea salt and a slice or
Two of crusty bread or Irish Wheaten bread make a perfect supper.

I believe the simpler the adornments the better when the tomatoes are so fresh make the best dishes really letting the flavour of these red beauties shine.

How do you like to eat your tomatoes?

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable

Sunday
Aug192012

Richard Rohr on Silence 

SILENCE

The simplest spiritual discipline is some degree of solitude and silence. But it's the hardest, because none of us want to be with someone we don't love. Besides that, we invariably feel bored with ourselves, and all of our loneliness comes to the surface.

We won't have the courage to go into that terrifying place without Love to protect us and lead us, without the light and love of God overriding our own self-doubt. Such silence is the most spacious and empowering technique in the world, yet it's not a technique at all. It's precisely the refusal of all technique.

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 106, day 114 Richard Rohr

Listen to the stillness, the language of God

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable

Friday
Aug172012

Stretch

Eyes open.  Out of bed. Feet on floor. Unfold my spine. Deep breath in.  As I inhale, reaching my arms in a wide semi circle until they meet, above my head.  Placing my palms together, I look up, leting go in my shoulders, not letting them creep up around my ears.  My feet rooted on the floor, my legs strong, I look up pushing out through my fingertips.  I feel the stretch run through my body.  I feel muscles uncurl.  I feel space take shape in my mind.

Stretching is an essential part of my day.  As I write, I sit up straight in my chair.  I raise my arms to shoulder height.  I push out through my fingers.  I feel my shoulders loosen.  The tightness from typing in my hands and wrists eases.  I breathe.  Long deep breaths from my diaphrym.  In Out.  IN - 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 OUT - 1 - 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.  I turn my palm up on the left and then the right, I twist my arms backwards.  All the while breathing.

 In Out.  IN - 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 OUT - 1 - 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. 

Longer on the exhale than inhale.  IN OUT.

Why don't you try these two really simple stretches and breathing exercises today?

I am linking up with Lisa Jo and the Five Minute Friday Community.  I hope you will join us here.

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable

Wednesday
Aug152012

I'm joining Edie's Classical Online Book Club

I'm joining Edie's Classical Online Book Club.  I adore reading.  I'd rather read a book than watch television.  I am excited about reading classical books in a group because I may not otherwise have chosen them above other books to read, if left to my own devices.

The first book on our reading list is Homer's The Odyssey.  I have loved these stories since I studied Greek mythology at school, and cannot wait to revisit the text.  Not to mention joining some remarkable ladies to discuss it.

I hope you will drop Edie a line and let her know you are joining us.

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable

Tuesday
Aug142012

Belfast Community Gospel Choir - London Tuesday with NITB

Belfast Community Gospel Choir, brought 'Joy' to London as part of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's presentation to the world's media at the Olympics on Tuesday 7 August 2012.  A group of 20 of us respresented the 100 strong members of BCGC.  It was a great honour to represent not only our choir but our country in London.  This was truly an experience of a lifetime!

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable