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Be Mindful


Henry Be | Unsplash Being mindful is paying attention to what’s going on in your life as it’s happening. It’s about focusing on the task at hand and not time travelling down memory lane or into distant future scenarios. Being mindful enhances the enjoyment of living as it allows you to savour experiences instead of living through them while wishing you were somewhere else.Original link
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Be Grateful


Henry Be | UnsplashBeing grateful is being able to say ‘thank you’ for whatever happens. Sometimes it’s not easy, especially when things don’t go the way you want, but every life circumstance holds something you can be grateful for. Better to look for that something than spend the rest of your days complaining.Being grateful is simply remembering life is a gift and saying ‘thank you’ every day.Original link
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Be Generous


Henry Be | UnsplashBeing generous means you’re prepared to share your resources, knowledge, and skills for the benefit of others. In fact, you’re prepared to give them away with no expectation of getting anything in return. Being generous is acting from the realisation we are in this project of life together and get a better outcome when we share and lend each other a helping hand. When you’re generous, you’re saying you think of the welfare of others.Original link
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Be Collaborative


Henry Be | UnsplashBeing collaborative is how you signal you’re a team player, whether that team is a work team, a family, or a partnership. It’s about pitching in to help, lending a hand, or joining in a group effort to get something done.  We are social beings, and working together builds cohesion and a sense of belonging.Original link
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Be Considerate


Henry Be | UnsplashOne sure way to upset people is to do something that affects them without consulting them first. If you’d like people to show you some respect, the solution is to respect their feelings first. Being considerate means thinking about the impact your actions may have on others and communicating with them before you act. If you’re in a personal or professional relationship, being considerate is how you show the significant others in your life they are important to you.Original link
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Be Compassionate


Henry Be | UnsplashBeing compassionate allows you to appreciate a situation from another person’s point of view and consider their circumstances before acting. Compassion allows you to show genuine concern for others. Being compassionate is an expression of solidarity with others in your life. It’s an expression of your humanity. It’s a way of showing people your heart is open.Original link
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Be peaceful


Henry Be | UnsplashThe easiest way to live in a peaceful world is to be a peaceful person. Stop fighting with people simply because you disagree with them. Listen instead of shouting them down. You might learn something and make a new friend instead of creating an enemy. Being peaceful means choosing to stay unruffled when others question or oppose your point of view or disagree with your decisions. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You don’t have to justify yours or demolish theirs. You can agree to disagree without starting world war three every time someone sees the world differently. It takes courage and self-confidence to be peaceful but we all like being around a peaceful person. ...
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How to create a 3 month cash reserve


It’s never been a good strategy to live from payday to payday without savings.Yet, for a variety of reasons, a lot of us do just that.Some of us now have direct experience of what happens when our part of the economy shut downs overnight and we don’t have the cash reserves to tide us over until things open up again. It’s been a bit of a rude shock for some.If you’re relying on unemployment payments, you’re no doubt grateful but also painfully aware they are not sufficient to meet your usual living costs.And, it appears many businesses are in the same situation, which is why they’ve been crying out for government support as well.The shutdown has revealed that too many businesses, big and smal...
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Books to read while social distancing


If you’re looking for something to read while staying at home, I’ve written a few books you might want to consider.Looking for some crime fiction? Check out my Inspector West and Stella Bruno Investigates series.How about a few ideas on Living Alone?Or maybe you want to brush up on a few skills while you have the time. Check out my Everyday Business Skills series.Thinking about writing a book? Take a look at Field Notes for Writers.Maybe you’re looking for something light and contemporary. The New Girlfriend might be just what you need.Perhaps you’ve reached that point where you need something a little more introspective, something a little more deep and meaningful. I’ve got a selection of b...
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Make the most of this moment.


Welcome to the world of self-isolation – the place where we stay at home.If you can work from home, you’ve got something to get on with during working hours, but if you can’t, then you have some extra hours to fill.Even if you are still able to work, the range of after-hours activities available to all of us has been seriously curtailed. The pubs, bars and eating places are closed. The theatres are closed. They’ve cancelled the football and basketball. They are telling us to stay home.So, what are we going to do while we wait for the ‘all clear’ to resume our normal routines?Maresa Smith | DTSI’ve written a few articles over the years on the importance of pausing, taking time out to slow dow...
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Reading The East Park Syndicate


The East Park Syndicate, like any good murder mystery, starts with the discovery of a body. In this case, the body of the mayor of East Park – businessman and political insider – Doug Clarke. The story is driven by several questions: Who killed Doug Clarke? Why was he killed? Will Inspector West and his team solve the mystery and arrest the killer?As you’d expect, I’ve also thrown in a few curveballs to make solving the crime just that little bit more of a challenge for Carl West and his team.No story exists in a vacuum. There are always social problems within a story’s context that will influence people’s behaviour, so it’s not surprising that a few of the social issues currently playing ou...
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Framed: A Ryan Parish PI Short Story-scene eight


‘The prick’s been lying to me, Ryan,’ said Maggie, as soon as she sat down.‘What?’‘The Prosecutor’s Office called as I was leaving the office. The police have cracked the password on his phone and accessed his photos.’ She stared at me, primal rage written all over her face. I wondered if she was going to explode but she took a steadying deep breath and let out a sigh.‘He took a photo of the body after he’d strangled her.’I laughed. Clive had been framed alright. By himself.Peter Mulraney is the author of the Inspector West and Stella Bruno Investigates crime series.Original link
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Framed: A Ryan Parish PI Short Story-scene seven


WhenI got back to Adelaide, I called Heather Knight and asked her about the girlsthat smoked on the balcony.‘Oh,that would be Mandy and Anna,’ said Heather, ‘but they weren’t working thenight Ellen was murdered.’‘Doyou check those doors when you lock up, Heather?’‘Thealarm won’t set unless they’re locked, Ryan.’‘Thanks.’Things were not looking good for Clive unless I could come up with another angle. I wondered who owned the building and who actually owned the brothel. After all, Heather had told me she was the manager, not the owner.Iremembered the photo I’d taken of the sign on the wall of the brothel. I openedthe photo app and peered at the image. I zoomed in on the fine print. Thebrothel...
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Framed: A Ryan Parish PI Short Story-scene six


Hamilton was a six-hour drive from Adelaide. I spent the night in a motel and went to see Ellen Ford’s parents at ten on the morning after I’d arrived. I guess I could have telephoned but I thought they deserved a face to face interview, seeing I was batting for the opposing side.They were wary of me from the get-go.‘Areyou trying to prove he didn’t kill her? The police told us he did it,’ said MrFord.‘Theycould very well be right,’ I said, ‘but I’m trying to find out if there’sanother explanation just in case they’re wrong.’‘Likewhat?’ said Mr Ford.‘Tellme about Mick Daley,’ I said.‘Whotold you about him?’ said Mr Ford.‘Thewoman Ellen was sharing her apartment with.’‘Sally?’said Mrs Ford.‘Y...
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Framed: A Ryan Parish PI Short Story-scene five


Accordingto the brief the police had given Maggie, Ellen Ford had shared an apartment inStanley Street, North Adelaide, with Sally Gretchen, who also worked in thebrothel.Idrove to North Adelaide and knocked on Sally’s front door. I was about to leaveempty-handed when the door opened.‘Hello,gorgeous. What are you selling?’Shewas all legs, and her parts that weren’t, were barely covered by a large whiteT-shirt. It was just as well Miranda wasn’t there to witness my reaction. I hadto remind myself she was a potential source of information to get my mind tofocus.‘Areyou Sally Gretchen?’ I managed to ask.‘Whowants to know?’ she said, with a smile designed to melt hearts.Ihanded her one of my car...
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Framed: A Ryan Parish PI Short Story-scene four


WhenI stepped onto the stairs to head down to the ground, a woman dressed in abusiness suit appeared at the bottom of the staircase. ‘Can I help you, youngman?’Ibounded down the stairs and introduced myself. I showed her my PI licence andtold her I was working for the lawyer defending the man charged with the murderof Ellen Ford. She told me her name was Heather Knight and that she managed thebrothel. I gave her one of my business cards.‘Whatare you doing here, Ryan?’ she asked.‘Havinga look to see how many ways someone could get into your building.’‘Why?’‘Ourclient reckons he’s been framed.’Heatherraised an eyebrow. ‘The police think he did it.’‘Iknow, and they might very well be right.’‘Bu...
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Framed: A Ryan Parish Short Story-scene three


Idecided to visit the brothel to get a feel for Ellen Ford’s world. Well, I wentto have a look at the building. It was ten in the morning when I parked in thestreet in front of the building housing the brothel and got out to have a lookaround. Thebrothel was closed. A sign on the wall in the shade of the front verandainformed me the establishment opened nightly at six, and advised potentialpatrons to make an appointment online. I snapped a photo of the sign with myphone.Theplace looked like it had once enjoyed a life as a pub. It was a two-storeybluestone building, with an impressive wrap around balcony, dating back to theearly days of the twentieth century, when there was a pub on every cor...
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Framed: A Ryan Parish Short Story-scene two


Thefolder Maggie gave me was full of information on Clive. He’d told her his lifestory and named everyone he’d ever had a relationship with: business andotherwise. He’d even confessed to being abusive towards his ex-wife, andclaimed she’d alienated his children from him.Maggiehad interviewed his brother, Charles. He’d told her Clive was a hard-headedbusinessman who’d upset a few people but no-one had ever threatened him, apartfrom his ex, who’d actually carried through with her threat and divorced him. Thepolice had interviewed his ex. She had an alibi for the night in question andno obvious motive. She’d received a generous settlement. His kids weren’t oldenough to be visiting a brothel to ...
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Framed: A Ryan Parish PI Short Story-scene one


Ispend a lot of time watching people cheat on their spouse or insurance company.Sometimes, I get involved in looking for missing persons. This assignment,though, wasn’t going to be anything like my usual cases. CliveRichards had been charged with murder. According to the charge sheet, he’dstrangled a young woman named Ellen Ford, a sex worker, after an engagementwith her in a brothel in Brompton.Thepolice had lifted Clive’s fingerprints from the crime scene. They had a DNAsample extracted from semen left in a discarded condom found next to the body,which matched Clive’s DNA profile, and CCTV footage of him entering and leavingthe brothel. And,just to top off the case against Clive, his bank ...
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The Cobalt Sky


The Cobalt Sky is book 10 in Keith Dixon’s Sam Dyke Investigations series.The story is driven by the theft of an artwork and the dysfunctional relationships of the artist’s family. The more Sam looks into the people associated with the artist, the more dysfunctional the family appears, and the less likable the artist becomes as a person. The investigation is hampered by a lack of honesty in several key players, one of whom is the thief. No surprise there, but there are a few surprises in the telling of this tale. A good read.You can get a preview and purchasing details at: The Cobalt Sky.Original link
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