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  • Making the time…. | Writing, life and other animals
    consolation I guess is that this happens to everyone There s never enough time when there s something you need to get finished and there s always too much time when you re waiting around for something to happen It s a universal illusion that affects the entire human race Time marches along its merry way at the same pace regardless of what s happening in our lives but somehow knowing that doesn t seem to help Our perception of time fluctuates enormously and that s never truer than when you have children They imperceptibly steal huge chunks of your day getting them ready for school helping with homework resolving the inevitable disputes and occasionally averting all out warfare all take time Some days it seems that I only have to blink and it s bedtime and another huge chunk of time falls into the temporal black hole that is parenthood With work jobs around the house and the inexorable demands of parenthood to deal with it s little wonder that 2009 is disappearing fast I hardly seem to have drawn breath since Christmas and without warning it s March How did that happen To say it s been a blur would be an understatement but the real issue looking back at the first two months of this year is that I can t really remember spending quality time with the family A stolen hour here an afternoon there but certainly not enough and always with the distraction of a busy life lurking on the periphery of my subconscious I m self employed and work from home a conscious decision to give me the flexibility to spend more time with my family Somewhere along the line the pressures of earning a crust and the duplicitous nature of time have contrived

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  • Family | Writing, life and other animals
    I can tap keys on the keyboard But if I was waiting for something then the tables would turn each second minute hour would draw out to eternity Why can t we just see time as the constant it is What cruel twist of evolution instructed our brain to twist it so To what end How is it helpful in the slightest The one consolation I guess is that this happens to everyone There s never enough time when there s something you need to get finished and there s always too much time when you re waiting around for something to happen It s a universal illusion that affects the entire human race Time marches along its merry way at the same pace regardless of what s happening in our lives but somehow knowing that doesn t seem to help Our perception of time fluctuates enormously and that s never truer than when you have children They imperceptibly steal huge chunks of your day getting them ready for school helping with homework resolving the inevitable disputes and occasionally averting all out warfare all take time Some days it seems that I only have to blink and it s bedtime and another huge chunk of time falls into the temporal black hole that is parenthood With work jobs around the house and the inexorable demands of parenthood to deal with it s little wonder that 2009 is disappearing fast I hardly seem to have drawn breath since Christmas and without warning it s March How did that happen To say it s been a blur would be an understatement but the real issue looking back at the first two months of this year is that I can t really remember spending quality time with the family A stolen hour here an afternoon there but certainly not enough and always with the distraction of a busy life lurking on the periphery of my subconscious I m self employed and work from home a conscious decision to give me the flexibility to spend more time with my family Somewhere along the line the pressures of earning a crust and the duplicitous nature of time have contrived to steal that away It ends here If you can t make the time to go to the beach with the kids to take an hour in the evening to read with them to play the occasional mindless game just for the hell of it to share in the boundless fun and enthusiasm of their childhood then what s the point We can t control time but we can control how we make use of the time we have and it seems that it s time I re aligned my priorities How about you Posted by Calvin at 16 35 Tagged with Business evening echo family Kids and Teens Parenting priorities time work Parenting back to basics Evening Echo Column Parenting Writing No Responses Feb 14 2009 Image via Wikipedia A report released in Britain recently

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  • Kids And Teens | Writing, life and other animals
    need to get finished and there s always too much time when you re waiting around for something to happen It s a universal illusion that affects the entire human race Time marches along its merry way at the same pace regardless of what s happening in our lives but somehow knowing that doesn t seem to help Our perception of time fluctuates enormously and that s never truer than when you have children They imperceptibly steal huge chunks of your day getting them ready for school helping with homework resolving the inevitable disputes and occasionally averting all out warfare all take time Some days it seems that I only have to blink and it s bedtime and another huge chunk of time falls into the temporal black hole that is parenthood With work jobs around the house and the inexorable demands of parenthood to deal with it s little wonder that 2009 is disappearing fast I hardly seem to have drawn breath since Christmas and without warning it s March How did that happen To say it s been a blur would be an understatement but the real issue looking back at the first two months of this year is that I can t really remember spending quality time with the family A stolen hour here an afternoon there but certainly not enough and always with the distraction of a busy life lurking on the periphery of my subconscious I m self employed and work from home a conscious decision to give me the flexibility to spend more time with my family Somewhere along the line the pressures of earning a crust and the duplicitous nature of time have contrived to steal that away It ends here If you can t make the time to go to the beach with the kids to take an hour in the evening to read with them to play the occasional mindless game just for the hell of it to share in the boundless fun and enthusiasm of their childhood then what s the point We can t control time but we can control how we make use of the time we have and it seems that it s time I re aligned my priorities How about you Posted by Calvin at 16 35 Tagged with Business evening echo family Kids and Teens Parenting priorities time work Net generation growing up in a connected world Children Education Evening Echo Column Parenting social media Web Writing 1 Response Jan 18 2009 Image via Wikipedia What are you doing girls I asked the twins Shhh Dad we re connecting came the distracted reply They were sitting in the living room heads burried in the Nintendo DS consoles they d got for Christmas playing the same game together but apart On one level the remote interaction using portable electronic devices to communicate and collaborate in real time is a really important skill for them to develop on another it s worryingly antisocial and all consuming Trying

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  • Priorities | Writing, life and other animals
    the tables would turn each second minute hour would draw out to eternity Why can t we just see time as the constant it is What cruel twist of evolution instructed our brain to twist it so To what end How is it helpful in the slightest The one consolation I guess is that this happens to everyone There s never enough time when there s something you need to get finished and there s always too much time when you re waiting around for something to happen It s a universal illusion that affects the entire human race Time marches along its merry way at the same pace regardless of what s happening in our lives but somehow knowing that doesn t seem to help Our perception of time fluctuates enormously and that s never truer than when you have children They imperceptibly steal huge chunks of your day getting them ready for school helping with homework resolving the inevitable disputes and occasionally averting all out warfare all take time Some days it seems that I only have to blink and it s bedtime and another huge chunk of time falls into the temporal black hole that is parenthood With work jobs around the house and the inexorable demands of parenthood to deal with it s little wonder that 2009 is disappearing fast I hardly seem to have drawn breath since Christmas and without warning it s March How did that happen To say it s been a blur would be an understatement but the real issue looking back at the first two months of this year is that I can t really remember spending quality time with the family A stolen hour here an afternoon there but certainly not enough and always with the distraction of a busy

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  • Work | Writing, life and other animals
    the tables would turn each second minute hour would draw out to eternity Why can t we just see time as the constant it is What cruel twist of evolution instructed our brain to twist it so To what end How is it helpful in the slightest The one consolation I guess is that this happens to everyone There s never enough time when there s something you need to get finished and there s always too much time when you re waiting around for something to happen It s a universal illusion that affects the entire human race Time marches along its merry way at the same pace regardless of what s happening in our lives but somehow knowing that doesn t seem to help Our perception of time fluctuates enormously and that s never truer than when you have children They imperceptibly steal huge chunks of your day getting them ready for school helping with homework resolving the inevitable disputes and occasionally averting all out warfare all take time Some days it seems that I only have to blink and it s bedtime and another huge chunk of time falls into the temporal black hole that is parenthood With work jobs around the house and the inexorable demands of parenthood to deal with it s little wonder that 2009 is disappearing fast I hardly seem to have drawn breath since Christmas and without warning it s March How did that happen To say it s been a blur would be an understatement but the real issue looking back at the first two months of this year is that I can t really remember spending quality time with the family A stolen hour here an afternoon there but certainly not enough and always with the distraction of a busy

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  • Why should I feel guilty for not blogging? | Writing, life and other animals
    my feed reader and despair Between work family and other commitments I don t have time to read all this stuff let alone write my own But then I realised that it doesn t really matter not in the grand scheme of things Different people have different priorities are at different stages in their lives and are blogging under vastly different circumstances A missed post here a sparse week there so what I enjoy writing the blog that s why I do it but feeling guilty for not posting isn t an acceptable part of the equation I purposely didn t make a new year s resolution this year but in hindsight I think I probably will take up a belated one I WILL NOT FEEL GUILTY FOR NOT BLOGGING In 2009 I ll post here and elsewhere when I can when I want to and as time allows without any guilt remorse or regret for failing to maintaining a punishing posting schedule What about you Technorati Tags blogging guilt pressure time Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 11 09 Tagged with blogging family guilt 3 Responses to Why should I feel guilty for not blogging DeepSpin Dave Spathaky says 24 January 2009 at 18 31 Hi Calvin As you pop up all over the place on my screen when you do anything online I felt obliged to comment No really it is a interesting point If you are not disciplined you can be pulled for ever into engaging with something online Twitter just makes it worse I just read an article by someone who suggested email holidays Don t just stop looking at your inbox every few hours for a few weeks but actually set up an auto reply that says that any emails sent to you between certain dates will be deleted so could people email again after your holiday This way you can be free of that I m missing something feeling because you are not Tell people in advance too but make sure you really set the emails to go in the bin I like this idea and maybe we could extend it to blogging free days weeks or what have you All bloggers have to weigh up the value of spending time on any project and what return they will get from the investment of their time and attention Dust off and review your mission statement and good luck with the guilt free non blogging Calvin Calvin says 24 January 2009 at 18 36 Hey Dave Thanks for the comment I don t usually do the whole guilt thing it was a curious thing which is why I started a post about it and then left it languishing in the drafts folder until I had time to post it Think I ll just play it

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/01/23/why-should-i-feel-guilty-for-not-blogging/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Christmas | Writing, life and other animals
    Cork and would be willing to contribute time resources catering or a donation of cold hard cash to support the initiative get in touch with Paul via the Marketing Write Now contact page And especially if you can donate would be willing to sponsor photo frames and mounts for the event please talk to Paul before the end of the day tomorrow Thursday 09 12 to get things sorted If your a blogger twitterer or facebooker please help spread the word about this great event UPDATE Read more about who was involved in Help Portrait Cork on Paul O Mahony s blog and see some great photos of the action on the day over on Roger Overall s blog Posted by Calvin at 0 42 Tagged with charity Cork help Help Portrait Photography portraits Better late late or never Children Christmas Evening Echo Column family Reviews TV No Responses Dec 03 2009 The Late Late Toy Show is an Irish institution That doesn t necessarily mean it s a good thing just that it s an inescapable one As inevitable as death taxes corruption tribunals and election posters the Late Late Toy Show is one in a long list of things that parents all over the country have to suffer but would generally prefer to avoid Having skilfully managed to sidestep the live airing on Friday night the girls had friends staying over and were so engrossed in play that they forgot about it I thought that we might get away with it this year but thanks to the wonders of modern technology there was no chance of that The next day we had a family viewing of the show over the Internet With the computer hooked up to the flat screen telly and RTE Player streaming full screen it was almost as good as viewing the live show Lucky me Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 14 35 Tagged with Christmas late late RTE Ryan Tubridy Toy Show Why should I feel guilty for not blogging Blog Christmas Internet Rant social media Technology Time management 3 Responses Jan 23 2009 Image by kajvin via Flickr I was reflecting recently on the Christmas and New Year break Over the holidays I took some time off like lots of people but as well as taking time off work I also found myself paying little attention to the various blogs I look after this one included Family friends children and the like took precedence which is only right and proper So why did I find myself feeling guilty for not blogging As I pondered this question I had to ask whether a line been crossed somewhere in my subconscious When had blogging taken on such a level of gravity in my life How could I possibly feel even the tiniest twinge of guilt for choosing to spend time with my family instead of posting stuff online It s a fine line and while it s obviously important to keep a steady stream

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  • Guilt | Writing, life and other animals
    only right and proper So why did I find myself feeling guilty for not blogging As I pondered this question I had to ask whether a line been crossed somewhere in my subconscious When had blogging taken on such a level of gravity in my life How could I possibly feel even the tiniest twinge of guilt for choosing to spend time with my family instead of posting stuff online It s a fine line and while it s obviously important to keep a steady stream of content flowing on the blog s there are many many things in life that are far more important Sometimes I look at the flood of posts from prolific Irish bloggers like Damien Mulley Alexia Golez and others in my feed reader and despair Between work family and other commitments I don t have time to read all this stuff let alone write my own But then I realised that it doesn t really matter not in the grand scheme of things Different people have different priorities are at different stages in their lives and are blogging under vastly different circumstances A missed post here a sparse week there so what I enjoy writing the blog that s why I do it but feeling guilty for not posting isn t an acceptable part of the equation I purposely didn t make a new year s resolution this year but in hindsight I think I probably will take up a belated one I WILL NOT FEEL GUILTY FOR NOT BLOGGING In 2009 I ll post here and elsewhere when I can when I want to and as time allows without any guilt remorse or regret for failing to maintaining a punishing posting schedule What about you Technorati Tags blogging guilt pressure time Posted by Calvin

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