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New (old) notebook day

I have just reached the last page of my previous notebook so rather than crack open a brand spanking new one I’m returning to one that I started using about a year ago but for some reason abandoned in my locker at work. This is a Moleskine ‘cahier’ lined pocket notebook, they are readily available […]

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Disadvantages of always carrying a notebook

For at least the last five years I have carried a small notebook in my back pocket, a habit I highly recommend. I very seldom use my iPhone to capture short notes, anything I want to remember goes into my notebook. However, I’ve discovered a few downsides to always having that notebook in my back […]

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Works we will not finish

I highly recommend this post about the unfinished business of our lives and fulfilling the calling of Christ. The call to the disciples was never Follow me to power, or Follow me to prosperity, or Follow me to the revolution, or Follow me to achieve your full potential. It was simply Follow me. (Doug McKelvey, On […]

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If there are rules for writing well

If there are rules for writing well, they are at best provisional insofar as each instance of a well-done story teaches us anew what a story can be and the possibilities for invention and innovation. Charles Johnson, The Way of the Writer pXV

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Why do dogs eat grass?

I have an interesting article titled Why do dogs and cats eat grass? by Benjamin L. Hart which was published in the journal Veterinary Medicine (December 2008, 103, 12 pp648-649). The author did several small surveys of students and customers who were dog owners based on the assumption that plant eating is associated with illness or […]

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Poison or Coke?

I’m looking at a paper written by some of my colleagues at the NZ National Poison Centre a few years back. This is an important topic for everyone to be aware of: Poisoning following exposure to chemicals stored in mislabelled or unlabelled containers: a recipe for potential disaster, by Yvette C Millard, Robin J Slaughter, Lucy […]

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Serotonin and depression

This post is an attempt at summarising and explaining a paper called 5-HT and depression: is the glass half full? Authored by Trevor Sharp and Philip J. Cowen which was published in Current Opinion in Pharmacology, 2011 volume 11 pages 45–51. The theory that abnormally low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin (also called 5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) […]

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100 day project

As I dug through my notes in Evernote yesterday I found one about the 100 Day Project. The basic idea is to commit to creating something new everyday for 100 days. The website recommends choosing an object (or objects) you already have as the material for your project and then an action to do with […]