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All Change

All Change.  So the last year or so has been a bit of a detour here on One Empty Shelf. I’ve been thinking about where I wanted to take the blog, and in doing so ended up taking it basically everywhere. I wanted somewhere to share everything, but in hindsight, I feel everything has become… Read More All Change

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Away from the News

Away from the News.  Away from the news, a soft breeze brings a hint of coolness through green leaves. Waves lap up a pebbled shore, constant, rhythmical. A ray of sunlight falls on morning dew. Away from the news, laughter echoes from gardens as people gather in friendship. Young birds learn to fly, and feed,… Read More Away from the News

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Simple things

Wrapping my hands around my mug of hot tea, I looked through the steam to the window beyond. Time stands still in the shed; a place to contemplate, observe. A chair, and a blanket, and a tiny spider spinning webs in the corner. It’s cold today. I make dragon-breath with my exhalations, pulling my hood… Read More Simple things

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3 books, 3 points: September 2018, Part 2

It’s been nice to have the time recently to sit down and get some serious reading finished! I’ve managed to crack through a good few books this month, hence the two-parter (you can find part 1 here). It’s been great to find some really good reads to review for 3 books 3 points this month.… Read More 3 books, 3 points: September 2018, Part 2

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3 books, 3 points – August 2018

3 books, 3 points returns! After a break, book reviews are finally back. Which is great because it means lots more reading time! Over the last few months I have read many books, but I thought I’d just dive back in with the books I’ve devoured this month. I’m wondering too, for the avid readers… Read More 3 books, 3 points – August 2018

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3 books, 3 points: January 2018

3 books, 3 points Reviewing 3 books in 3 bullet points Happy 2018 everybody, hope this year is treating you well so far! Catching up on reading has been a real treat during these dark, cold months. Here are the books that brought me joy in January. Deep Lane by Mark Doty – A gorgeous… Read More 3 books, 3 points: January 2018

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3 books, 3 points: November 2017

3 books, 3 points Reviewing 3 books in 3 bullet points A little late, I know! Reading a lot for uni has meant I had to put ‘enjoyable’ reading on the back burner for a little bit. But this last month I’ve managed to read more, hurrah! I find as winter draws in, I just… Read More 3 books, 3 points: November 2017

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Reclaiming need

We need to earn money. We need to use that money to buy things. What things? Clothes, food, cars, houses, tricks and trinkets, experiences and memories. But looking around, I can’t see much evidence to back that up. I can’t see why we need to be working long, stressful hours. I am blind to the… Read More Reclaiming need

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I can see clearly now: keeping the holiday mindset once you’re back in the real world

The best laid plans-losing and regaining your holiday mindset Ever lay down on a beach, sun shining and warming you through? Phone turned off, a thousand miles from work, stress and responsibility. Rub on another application of sunscreen and take a dip in the sea. Your mind is relaxed, winding down. A few weeks filled… Read More I can see clearly now: keeping the holiday mindset once you’re back in the real world

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On getting warm

  “Shit” I whisper through chattering teeth. “Shititscold”. I’ve taken an afternoon nap and reckoned on the heating having come on when I awoke. Which it hasn’t. This leaves me currently hopping from one foot to the other, pulling my socks off the radiator (which is still cold), in a tangle of limbs and hair… Read More On getting warm