Reblogged: Civility – Change – Leadership

A little something I came across a while ago.

Full post here, but the important stuff is:

What qualities characterize genuine and constructive leaders? 

(1) Constructive leaders are honest and transparent. They have integrity. They neither manipulate people nor play with the truth.

(2) Constructive leaders create a vision of the future that is realistic and compelling. They are not afraid of change, but see it as a continual human challenge. They understand the changes on the horizon as new opportunities for human transformation and growth.

(3) Constructive leaders inspire and motivate. They help people engage with the present and build a more humane tomorrow. They reflect deeply on the signs of the times.

(4) Constructive leaders analyze and solve problems. They observe, judge, and act in collaborative problem-solving. Yes they are often recruited, trained, and chosen to solve problems. But they don’t do it alone. They cannot do it alone.

(5) Some people are very content to sit back and watch the world go by. Or they long to return to some romanticized former time, like the 1950s…..Constructive leaders have a higher level of perseverance. They have vision but are not daydreamers. They can be counted on to get things done. They move ahead. They don’t live in the past.

(6) Constructive leaders build on solid foundations of mutual respect and trust. They do not denigrate people but lift them up. The stronger the relationships, the better the leadership.

(7) Constructive leaders communicate with their people. They listen to them. They stimulate and promote collaborative leadership.

We are all called to leadership. Civility is a virtue. Change is a fact of life.

WT&TT: Animal companions (reblog)

🙂 Given I have animals as characters in my story, this is important to think about.

Characters Done Right: The Animal Companion

by WordWitch

Sorry for the suuuuper late Twin Thursday! I meant to do this one last week, and then, well, life. Never fear, though, I’m back on schedule. Sort of. Still trying to finagle work and writing and the upcoming Camp NaNo. But that’s neither here nor there.

For this week’s Twin Thursday, Rachel and I are looking at animal companions. Be sure to head over to Undivinelight and check hers out!

For this one, I’m going to be looking at two animals in particular, both from Tamora Pierce books. The first is Peachblossom, Kel’s horse from the Protector of the Small series, and the other is the hound Achoo from the Beka Cooper books

WT&TT: Describing Characters According to MBTIs (reblog)

Look at this…Interesting. Not the first time I’ve heard of it as a character-building technique, either.

BLOG DIRECTORY: Words or phrases that best describe each MBTI® type

BLOG DIRECTORY: Words or phrases that best describe each MBTI® type


16-part blog series by Catherine Rains, M.S., CPP Professional Services Solutions Consultant. Over the next 16 weeks, I’m going to share some of the descriptors the participants shared with me for their own type. Who knows, these lists just might end up in a future edition of my favorite MBTI publication, the Introduction to Type® booklet! 

As we continue posting this series over the the next few months, you can check back here to find them all in one central place:

Recipes – Fried Rice

This is one of Mum’s favourite dishes. If I can make it half as good as she does when I do it by myself, I’ll be happy.


Meat – bacon, sausages, marinara mix, etc. Can be anything really and is a good way of using up leftovers.
Garlic, ginger, maybe chilli & coriander
Sauces: fish, oyster & soy


Deep saucepan
Cooking spoons & teaspoons, etc.


  1. Choose & chop veggies;
  2. Chop & cook meat [N.B. this  can be the longest, especially  if it’s bacon];
  3. Put rice on to cook (1 cup rice: 2 cups water) – either set on medium heat and cook until water is absorbed, or set on high and cook for ~15 mins;
  4. Once meat is cooked, remove from wok – add oil and then crack egg in [N.B. how many eggs depends on egg size];
  5. Scramble egg(s) in oil for a minute, then remove;
  6. Add onion (& more oil if nec.) – cook until translucent;
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic & ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of chilli and mix;
  8. Add veggies and cook with lid on for a few minutes (until mostly soft);
  9. Add egg(s) back in, then add dashes of fish sauce, oyster sauce and soy sauce, to taste;
  10. Cook with lid on for a little longer if necessary;
  11. Add bacon into mixture and mix to combine;
  12. Mix the rice through and serve.




I did this yesterday:

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The Equality, Sustainability & Peace (ESP) Group at La Trobe says: #BringThemHere!

We stand with those on Manus and Nauru – we love you and support you. It’s past time for the government to stop stuffing around and close the camps. Set up some humane processes, open up onshore and offshore detention centres and #bringthemhere to #letthemstay.

Momentum is building – join us!




WT&TT: Working Against Yourself (reblog)

I need to pay closer attention to this sort of thing….

Guest Post: Working Against Yourself

by thewishingwell


Have you ever felt like you can’t get out of your own way? I know I have. Luckily my friend Sharon at Curious Queendom has generously shared her wisdom about tackling this feeling. This moving post is one I know I’ll reread again and again. Sharon is a delight in the blogging community. Her witty words of wisdom are renowned throughout her Queendom! Read on, cyberspace traveler.

In Sharon’s Words…

Read more by clicking on the linked title above.