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The Savvy Child Within You - Become successful in your life and business using the forgotten childhood wisdom. Why is that when we enter the world of business we lose the inner wisdom of the child within us. The laughter, curiosity, honesty and the willingness to play together. Learn how to find that child and continue always to seek its wisdom and truth so that you can bring the inner child qualities into your personal life and business world.

Into Me I See
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A new poetry book composed by Mel Clifford & Emily Elzbeth.
Discover rarely seen inner worlds within this little treasure of poetry and photography. Each selection is vulnerably presented in its raw state freshly drawn from the soul of each author.

Changing the Way I Am
Second book of poetry composed by Mel Clifford. Additional poems kindly provided with the permission of the authors. Poems written from four generations of family poets. Kindle eBook on Amazon ONLY

The Adventures of Doc Higgins – The True Story of King Henry VIII
The second book in the series of The Adventures of Doc Higgins and his time travel invention, 'the Higulator'. Have the Craic when Doc meets King Henry VIII with the Manager and sets up the plan for getting his new wife.

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The Adventures of Doc Higgins
The tale of Doc Higgins and his time travel invention. How does the famous Doc plan to bring Alistair back from 1965 to his Nora?

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Poetry Just for You
Selection of Poetry composed by Mel Clifford. Additional poems kindly provided with the permission of the authors.

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April 2024


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Is the art of conversation swiped out?

Have you ever experienced when you are talking with someone that they are doing one of the following things: –

  • Reading or texting on their phone
  • Reading social media or emails while you are Skype/FaceTime with them
  • Answering emails while on a conference call or webinar?

Or two people out together for a meal or coffee, both constantly on their phones.

I was sitting in my favourite lunch spot The Little Hobo having a bowl of the Hobo Special soup,  there was a lovely young couple sitting at the table next.  Both of them were on their phones swiping up and down their screens, checking social media, texting, who knows what.

I politely asked, “is this a sign of the times?”

The response was “we live together and we are not on a date”

I smiled and said nothing more.  It was none of my business anyway.

Although, what was very noticeable, was that for the rest of their lunch they talked with each other and never once attended their phones.  Oh! There was one occasion when she went to the loo (wash room) and he reach for his phone again.  But it was good to see that when she returned he put it away.

I noticed another younger couple and she was on her phone while he was trying to talk to her. I am noticing this more and more, in shops, restaurants, coffee shops, at meetings.  Would you say this is a little disrespectful?

I feel that one should be listening and paying attention to what is happen in the now, rather than focusing on other things.

Has my attention been else where while on a Skype call, or looking at my phone at times – I’m sorry to say yes.

Don’t let the art of listening and conversation get swiped away by our technologies – pay attention and show respect for each other.  This change is in my hands and its my responsibility to make the change.

Is it all so urgent that it can’t wait a while?

What about you?

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