power of distraction

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Distraction has the power to create a world

                                                                            outside of all our worries, fears, and circumstances.


Distrction can be a powerful tool, a great catalyst, and...


Anxiety and Distraction

We all experience trials-n-tribulations, good and bad times; moments that if dwelt upon can really get us down.
It is my belief that we can only think of one thing at a time
so I always do my best to replace negatives with positives.

At moments like this distractions can help.
Yes, I've had my share of bad times and I've learnt from experience that distractions really help.
Sure they can't get rid of pain, remove an infection, a headache, whatever, but they have helped me.

Back in 2014 I spent a lengthy period in hospital (three in fact) after dying twice and then a couple of years later I was diagnosed with melanoma (stage 4) with a limited life expectancy.

Distractions didn't bring me back from the dead or cure my cancer. But, my wife, my daughter and I certainly used distractions to help each of us in turn to get through our bad times. Even now if my wife is having a bad spell it helps if I read to her for a period.

You might find one type of distraction better than another.
Please let me know what works for you.

No negatives thank you. 
I am getting older and time is too short; can't waste time...


Take me straight to the
latest distraction



Archie is my dog and we go for a walk every morning.
Before hitting the road
(mind you my hips only allow one block per day), Archie has his P&P time (pee-pee & poo-poo).
That way, hopefully, I minimise the chances of having to use the pooper-bag
(bending down is getting harder).
While Archie does his business, I stroll around the house / garden with my camera (smartphone) in hand.
Once we hit the road I keep my eye open for distractions - for photographing.

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Archie's P&P Time



During lockdown I set my self the task of walking every road
in our suburb
(one block at a time).

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A Splash of Colour


Back in the the good old days (they certainly were for me) when I was a primary school teacher, I loved focussing on problem solving, creative thinking and technology.

One of my activities was The
 Invent-Event Challenge. This monthly homework activity was a combined parent/child task whereby the couple could research a topic, design a poster, write a report, build a construct or conduct an experiment; whatever took their fancy (based totally on an info-sheet given to all students).
Pupils would do a follow-up presentation in front of classmates.




A picnic pick-me-up....
Nothing like making a meal a special time; don't always have to go oujt to enjoy a picnic.

Mary deserves a treat so....

Quiet pre-dinner chat

Mary deserves a treat so....



Our 5-o'clock drinkies-zone
         is shrouded in amazing memories

Carried home from Kolkata, India

Jo also had two bricks. I think she lost hers when her house blew apart (exploding weed stove)


See: Jodie's A Touch of Life...




What tag might be given to each of these pictures?         e.g. drinking money



Small can be





Nothing like a good distraction to take your mind off life's more pressing issues...




For me it's Archie's P&P Time...


for many its surfing on the net...


Stay off my blue suede shoes



My amazing brother-in-law, Paul,

is really  into feel-good pics 

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and funnies

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Ramblin' Rod loves...

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-   photographing birds   1   2   3   4   5


Tony Peach never ceases to surprise with his posts...

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    Tony's funnies always make me chuckle


It's hard to go past Evert van Dreven when it comes to anything re the cementies.

But, of late he has taken an interest in the world of beautiful and unusual things ~ plants, animals, buildings, artifacts, you name it....

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To see Evert's growing library click here


A good picture doesn't need words


One of my life-long interests is in ....

You guessed it.... whisky

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My Wickliw-cake.jpg

My first distraction of the day is the Bing wallpaper


And, sometimes I just can't resist the urge to play with a Bing picture...

 See my Bing Collection


My type of Whisky

That's thinking BIG
That's thinking BIG

Archie's Patch
Archie's Patch

My type of Whisky





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Sites that always hold my interest...


Classic Art

Passion for Art

Romain Chancel  #1    #2

Joel Grimes  #1    #2











Microsoft Bing wallpapers are amazing


Microsoft Bing wallpapers are amazing



You'd never guess

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is indeed the glue that holds us together during tough times

For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. When you are 14, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday with 22 million people killed. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until you are 20. Fifty million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.

When you're 29, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, global GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy. When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet.

When you're 41, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war and the Holocaust kills six million. At 52, the Korean War starts and five million perish.

At 64 the Vietnam War begins, and it doesn’t end for many years. Four million people die in that conflict. Approaching your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, could well have ended. Great leaders prevented that from happening.

As you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends. Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How do you survive all of that? A kid in 1985 didn’t think their 85 year old grandparent understood how hard school was. Yet those grandparents (and now great grandparents) survived through everything listed above.

Perspective is an amazing art. Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Let’s be smart, help each other out, and we will get through all of this. In the history of the world, there has never been a storm that lasted. This too, shall pass.at lasted. This too, shall pass.

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In search of morning's glow ~ Every morning I walk with Archie around one block in our estate (that's all my gammy hips will allow).
Archie absolutely loves frosty mornings.
When we experience 'lock-down' I can't help but think of the long-term ill or house-bound members of our community. Perhaps this gallery may be a brief distraction. For more check Archie's Patch.



Hey!  I don't know whether you are into 'satire'.
This is my presentation of a piece about Fyansford written around 150 years ago.





you might just want to walk on the wild-side

and take a look at this Facebook Page.