Author, top writer of short stories/poetry and editor for various Medium publications (2020/21).
Musician, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer of my own music albums (1969-2021).
Author of eleven books of short stories and poetry.
How To Deal With Bullies At Work
The thing about bullies is that deep down they are nothing more than cowards. They try to use intimidation and fear to get what they want. Unfortunately, their victims fall all too easily into the trap of being afraid and give in to their demands. In many cases, if not all, bullies are people who have themselves been bullied and have learnt how it works. Ergo, bullying is not genetic, it is learnt behaviour. But you do not have to be a victim to bullies if you calmly sit down and think it through to yourself and see it for what it really is.
Five Signs That Tell You If It's True Love
These days to say "I love you" seems so glib and insincere it's often difficult to know if somebody is telling you the truth. Politicians and actors are the worst culprits in devaluing those three little words. In Hollywood they say success is all about sincerity, once you can fake that you've got it made.
How To Have Your Big Mac And Eat It
To be honest, I was never really a great lover of McDonalds from the get go. However, there have been many times when I had very little choice, it was a Big Mac or go hungry. When I worked on the road as a constantly on the go salesman I just had to grab whatever I could and get it down my neck as quickly as possible before moving on to my next appointment.
Why Marriage Is Going Down And Divorce Is On The Rise
There was a time when people, my parents generation, married for life. "....until death us do part" weren't just the insincere words of an oath, they were words of a heartfelt promise that both parties had every intention of keeping. Not any more. These days it seems to be "....until I can see a clear advantage in not being with you any more."
How We Fall In Love
I have read, thought and written much on the subject of love over many years and in all that time there was always a nagging question prodding me from the back of my mind, how can you love somebody you don't even fully know. And even if you do fully know somebody, you only think you do.
The Road To Happiness In Marriage
It is a well known fact that divorce is a lot less problematic when there aren't any children involved. You just split everything down the middle and go your separate ways. End of story. However, bring kids into the equation and everything changes, for the worst.
The Joy Of Making A Noise
It was Christmas Day 1964 when I first learned the art and the joy of making a noise. My hardworking mother had somehow found the wherewithal to buy a Dansette record player and half a dozen singles. Of those six singles the only ones I can remember are 'Six Fools' by Texas Bill Strength, 'Wait Til The Sun Shines Nelly' by Buddy Holly, and 'She Loves You' by the Beatles. The first two really didn't do anything for me to be honest. 'She Loves You' set me on fire. This was the first time in my life that a sound set the hairs on the back of my neck on end. It really was such a beautiful noise.
How I Went From Hero To Zero in less Than Five Seconds Flat
Over a fifty plus year career I could tell many a tale about some of the shenanigans that go on in industries such as film and tv, advertising, public relations and retail sales, and in education. Some of the most memorable moments came from job interviews, for all the wrong reasons.
How To Find A New Partner
After my second traumatic divorce I spent ten years on my own. This state of affairs was not entirely of my own choosing. In the early years I did try various methods of finding somebody else, all to no avail. Singles clubs, dating sights, discos, concerts, bars, you name it I tried it and got absolutely nowhere. I couldn't even get so much as a one night stand. In the end I gave up trying and resigned myself to being single for the rest of my days.
How To Get A New Job
Looking back over a fifty plus year career in a wide range of occupations I was struggling to think of a single job I had succeeded in landing through the conventional method of sending an application form to the company in question. During that half a century I have had about fifty different jobs and they all came to me in a variety of methods, not one of which involved posting an envelope stuffed with my cv and a covering letter.
The Day The World Came To An End
The afternoon of the day before yesterday, at about 3.30 in the afternoon, I heard the sound of a helicopter above my house. Then I heard another, and another, and another.....there were six in total flying around in big circles over a period of two hours on the East side of Tokyo. I was curious to say the least and could only presume that it was perhaps something to do with the Olympics. Oh that it was, oh that it was.
How I Learned To Fly A Plane In One Easy Lesson
To be honest, it really isn't that difficult to fly a plane. In fact as a very good friend of mine once told me, as long as you hit your take off speed and pull back on the joy stick, it will fly. It wants to fly, that is what it has been designed and built to do.