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Stress: the silent killer of dreams

Symptoms of Stress When we are stressed, we are tempted to engage in coping mechanisms which seem harmless enough, but which can eventually spiral into bad habits with deleterious effects. For example, smoking, drinking, comfort eating or bingeing. Coping mechanisms may appear positive, but when taken to an extreme, they can take over our lives […]

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Accepting Ourselves – the Key to Mental Health

“When we are young we are in a frenzied rush to shape and mould ourselves into the image we think is acceptable. Usually we fail to recognise how much we are shaped by popular culture. As we get older, we tend to become more accepting of ourselves.”

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Death Comes Soon Enough, why rush it?

“Should we not try to hang on to life to honour those who could not?”

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Having it all, and still empty: The Case of Jada Pinckett-Smith

“We avoid ourselves through medication, and submerging ourselves in work, mindless entertainment or in the lives of those who need us. “

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The Power to Change One’s Mind: The Case of George Sanders

“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…” John Milton, Paradise Lost

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Film Review ‘Fracture’ – Justice Delayed but Not Denied

“…You look closely enough, you’ll find that everything has a weak spot where it can break, sooner or later.” Ted Crawford

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Film Review: ‘The Menu’ – What’s on the menu of your life? You decide!

“…you’ve taken the joy out of eating. Every dish you served tonight has been some intellectual exercise rather than something you want to sit and enjoy. When I eat your food, it tastes like it was made with no love.” Margot

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The Walking Wounded: Injured but still Alive

This is an ardent appeal to those suffering the after-effects of a drug – a drug which was supposed to heal but ended up harming beyond any worse nightmare. Apart from and as a result of all your physical distress, you may be plagued with thoughts of suicide. This article seeks to offer you a […]

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Thought for the Week

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in […]

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Film Review – The Timely Takeaway from ‘Groundhog Day’

Rita: “Sometimes I wish I had a thousand lifetimes. I don’t know, Phil. Maybe it’s not a curse. Just depends on how you look at it.”

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Film Review – Walking in the Shoes of the ‘Forgotten Man’

“A scavenger hunt is exactly like a treasure hunt, except in a treasure hunt you try to find something you want, and in a scavenger hunt, you try to find something that nobody wants.” [Irene played by Carole Lombard]

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Princess Diana: Shattering the Fairytale Image

She wanted to be the ‘Queen of people’s hearts’ even though she knew she would never be the future King of England’s queen. Swept off her feet by Prince Charles, she had a fairy tale wedding in 1981 watched by an admiring world. Over the course of 11 years the façade slowly crumbled until the […]

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Rediscovering Purpose When Your Career is Sabotaged

It is a bitter twist of fate when the body can no longer function to allow you to perform within your chosen field of endeavour. Arguably, this is harder when your talent brought you to fame, and the public expectations are immense. An audience attends a concert to be entertained. The want to escape the […]

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Film review – ‘The Night Train to Lisbon’: a surprising journey of redemption

The lead character in this 2013 production is Raymond – a nerdy, reserved professor who is so socially inept that he plays chess by himself. His home is full of books. On his way to school one day. He rescues a young woman who is about to jump from the bridge he is used to […]

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Film Review: ‘House of Sand and Fog’ – Coping with the tragic death of a loved one

“We are not like them. We know rich opportunities when we see them and do not throw away God’s blessing.” Behrani