Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Ballet Shorts

Storytime: The Jolly Witch

Year: 1990
Author: Dick King-Smith
Illustrator: Frank Rodgers

Mrs Jolly was the school caretaker. She had a short nose and two, comfy round chins and curly brown hair, going grey.

Mrs Jolly had a ginger cat. Mrs Jolly was friendly, nice and cuddly.

But there was something the headmistress didn’t know. Or the other teachers. Or the children.

In the Autumn term when Mrs Jolly swept the playground clear of leaves with a broomstick, even then, nobody guessed that she was… a witch!

At the end of school each day when everyone had gone home, Mrs Jolly, the caretaker became Mrs Jolly, the witch.

This was the time when she used her magic powers, though she looked just the same. Friendly and cuddly.

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Music Monday: March roundup

I don’t think we’ve ever seen a tie before on this chart, but numbers do have a sense of humour. Extra videos around!

1. HIM (146)
2. Evanescence (129)
3. Diary of Dreams (116)
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (116)

Enduring Discomfort

Whenever we make the effort to free ourselves of an addiction or a habit we no longer need, we are often surprised to find ourselves missing the old pattern as we would a familiar friend. This sounds counterintuitive, because we think we should instinctively gravitate toward that which is good for us. And yet, it makes a lot of sense when you consider that we humans are creatures of habit. This is why we gravitate to people and places—and patterns of behavior–that make us feel comfortable. Therefore, many of the habits we form are not conscious and are based instead on learned behavior from role models who were not always making the healthiest decisions.

Most addictions begin as a way of avoiding feelings that are extremely uncomfortable, so it makes sense that stopping the addiction means, for a time, a fair amount of discomfort. The same, of course, is true of habits that we have developed over time that we are ready to release. Just knowing that this is hard, and having compassion for ourselves as we work through this process, can help us to stay the course when we feel the urge to backtrack. It’s also helpful to remember that in time we will establish new, healthier patterns, and the yearning for the old ones will disappear. Eventually, we will instinctively reach for things that are good for us, and the longing for positive change may form the basis of a new habit.

The only way to get to this new place is to endure a time of difficulty, which is a challenge we can confidently handle, if we remember that it will lead to the change we seek in our lives. Our bodies, hearts, and minds always need time to adjust to a new way of doing things, but they will adapt, and even become our allies, if we remain true to our vision of a new way.

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Foodie Friday: Chickpea Curry, Southern Style

(Serves 6)

Ingredients:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 x 165g jar Madras paste
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1cm piece root ginger, finely chopped
3 onions, chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
200ml light coconut milk
100g baby spinach
Handful fresh coriander leaves

Method:
1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the curry paste and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and onions and cook gently for 10 minutes until the onions are tender but not browned.
2. Add 450ml water, the tomatoes and chickpeas. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.
3. Pour in the coconut milk, add the spinach and cook for 5 minutes. Scatter over the coriander leaves and serve with naan bread, if you like.


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