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Patience My Dear: Your Bus is Coming

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It was 6:35 p.m. on Market Street in Manchester. I was sat at the bus stop waiting for the 62 that would drop me a quarter mile from Granny’s house. I had a lot of bags and very little patience. I had been out all day and just wanted to get home, have a bowl of rib and dumpling soup, and relax. The West Indies was playing India that evening and I had promised Grandad I would watch the cricket with him. I had things to do and the bus was already 7 minutes later...

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Square Dancin’ My Way to the Top

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I don’t remember what class it was, but somewhere during my pre-teen days we were taught to square dance. You must understand that my middle school class consisted of 26 students, with about 18 countries of origin between us all. We were a diverse and spirited young group, with teachers who introduced us to all sorts of off the wall things – including square dancing. I liked excitedly screaming out the “do-si-do” (pronounced 'dough-see-dough') part, but generally disliked square dancing.   Besides the fact that I abhor organized dance, I think I particularly disliked this one because...

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Building Your Dream (House)

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The Plot for The Dream Once upon a time a young couple decided that it would be a wonderful idea to build their children a dream home. After all, as a civil engineer and an architectural-interior designer they had built and designed homes for many clients over the years. There was no reason why they could not do the same for themselves. They pooled their talents and resources and began, excited to bring this romantic notion into reality. They searched around the small city they lived in looking for the perfect plot of land. It took some...

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Where Dreams Go To Die

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There is a place where dreams go to die. It is located somewhere between procrastination, fear, and sheer laziness. The idea of starting this website was once as daunting as whatever dream you are battling with. Probably more so thanks to my overactive imagination and rather rigorous self-assessment. :| The good news is you’ve typed in the URL – www.HeelsAndHighStandards.com – and it worked. Therefore I can confidently say that 'daunting' is not 'damning' and can clearly be overcome! Are you on the brink of launching your designer label but you are yet to sketch...

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Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Sometimes we complicate our own relationships before they have even begun. Sometimes we complicate our lives after the relationships have ended. Had a water cooler conversation with a friend and colleague yesterday about how we tend to predict the outcome from the first encounter. We deduced that this is wrong. So is panicking in the early stages and worrying about heartbreak, incompatibility, etc. before it arrives. Not every time high fences and higher defenses, sometimes we should just open ourselves up the possibility of what might be. Let things evolve organically. As some of us can...

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Date a Boy Who Is Not Afraid to Fail

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Date a boy who is not afraid to fail because you know that he will be resilient. As the definition implies he will be ‘able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.’ He will be able to ‘spring back into shape after being bent, stretched, or compressed.' Life has a way of bending, stretching and compressing us, so if you’re thinking of dating someone you might want to date a boy who is not afraid to fail. If you date a boy who is not afraid to fail you will have the assurance that when he...

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Menstrual Cycle State of Mind

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It’s a searing pain in a place you don’t really know exists till it begins. It happens in organs and spaces you can never really feel until you do feel them. Then it is hard to be aware of much else. It’s a push, a pull, and a contracting pressure that doesn’t let up for 24 – 48 hours if you’re one of the luckier ones. It is like a miniature orchestra with sharp instruments rented out the lowest part of your stomach to play an unending symphony that sets you on edge. It is...

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‘The End’ to An Indecent Proposal (Part 2 of 2)

- If you haven't read "An Indecent Proposal (part 1 of 2)" please do that first! - “You are smart, but women need a covering," Mr. G my potential client stated with righteous conviction. "You are here wasting away, probably talking to all these small boys that have nothing to offer you. I will make you rich, I’ll buy you a house and you can drive any of my cars you want. I will pay for your further education, and you only have to make me happy," he leered. "You are brilliant. Look at the report you wrote....

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An Indecent Proposal (Part 1 of 2)

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The notification for an incoming email and text messages went off simultaneously. It was Mr. G following up on some research work I’d done for his organization. Mr. G’s email acknowledged that he has received the proposal, IT assessment and document management recommendation report I had sent while the text message asked me to “Please call when you are free beautiful.” I cringed at the ‘beautiful,’ thinking it was an indecent way to address me, but chalked it down to culture and environment. Some of these men threw the words ‘beautiful’ and ‘dear’ around like...

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Affairs of the Heart

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  Sometimes it is forbidden You are not allowed to touch You are not allowed to taste You are not allowed to say Sometimes it is forbidden You are not allowed to hope You are not allowed to dream You are not allowed to ‘feen’ Sometimes you find love In a place with no space And you must rely on grace Or choose to suffocate Sometimes the person who you see as your 'other half' Is already whole And it does not matter how tightly your goals – align How your minds seem to – intertwine How you suddenly feel – defined Why? Because space and time betrayed you With the passage of time Probably at...

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