Multiversal Musing — Deborah Harmes, Ph.D.

Social Commentary, Random Snippets of Consciousness Studies, and Bits of Personal Reflection

Ah well…

Posted on | August 29, 2012 | No Comments

After a brief first-edition flurry, there seems to be just about zero interest amongst my travel and expat lifestyle followers in reading another newsletter online. So I will put the brakes on that effort immediately.

Ah well — it didn’t hurt to try.

Multiversal News: 28 August 2011

Posted on | August 29, 2012 | No Comments

MULTIVERSAL NEWS:

 

BANKING AND FINANCE

Under the category of “Did you know?”The Single Most Important Object In The Global Economy

French Oil Deal Cuts Fuel Costs

FUNNY or ODD

The Bermuda Triangle Of Birds

GEOLOGICAL, SPACE, or WEATHER ISSUES

Along with the Arctic ice, the rich world’s smugness will melt

POLITICAL ISSUES

In the UK — Young people leaving education without a job must do three months’ full-time unpaid work experience or face cut in benefits

What If Jesus Had Been A Republican?

SCIENCE

The Improvisational Brain

SOCIAL ISSUES

The death cafe movement: Tea and mortality

A Green Light For Copenhagen’s Cyclists

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ART, ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY and LITERATURE

Hitchcock, The Counter-Caster

ECO and FRUGAL LIVING

HEALTH and WELLNESS

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

SPIRITUAL and/or PARANORMAL

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UNCLASSIFIED

Painted pigeons of St Mark’s square put Venice Biennale critics in a flap

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Multiversal News: 23 August 2012

Posted on | August 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Welcome to the first issue of the Multiversal News. Simply click on the titles in each category and it will take you to the story. Please note that I will probably use ‘mainstream news’ sources for 99% of this newsletter with the occasional 1-ish% of blogger or other content.

These newsletters will not be posted daily — but I will (fingers crossed!) aim at a weekly version.

Hope you find it enjoyable and useful!

Deborah
 

Vehicles prohibited EXCEPT for cycles


 

MULTIVERSAL MUSING NEWSLETTER

 

BANKING AND FINANCE

Debt crisis: eurozone headed for recession as economic rot spreads

Economic pressures drive young adults home to roost (and this is NOT only happening in the UK!)

FUNNY or ODD

Sleepy woman flies Pakistan to France, and back

Venice, Italy Undertakers Offering Bargain Burials

GEOLOGICAL, SPACE, or WEATHER ISSUES

Tornado Numbers Lower Because Of Drought

Cuts Blamed For Deaths In Devastating Wildfires In Spain

Windy weather wreaks havoc in Sydney

POLITICAL ISSUES

Giving In to the Surveillance State

The staggeringly slimy political campaign in the USA includes denial that rape exists.

SCIENCE

Batteries Made from World’s Thinnest Material Could Power Tomorrow’s Electric Cars

SOCIAL ISSUES

What Happens When Your Life Is Ruled By ‘Possession Paralysis?’

9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money

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ART, ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY and LITERATURE
Robert Hughes – A Fierce and Powerful Voice Now Silenced

Melville in Jerusalem (the 1857 post-Moby Dick travels)

Elderly Woman Destroys Priceless Spanish Fresco

ECO and FRUGAL LIVING

What Is A Transition Town?

First steps to an eco-home and green living

HEALTH and WELLNESS

Natural Sources of Plant Sterols and Stanol Esters

SPIRITUAL and/or PARANORMAL
A Massive Resource Website for Near Death Experiences

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UNCLASSIFIED

Where is better to live than London?

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14 Months On & We’re Living In France

Posted on | August 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

14 months??? It has been 14 months since I posted on this site?

That actually says rather a lot about how much time, energy, and focus I have placed on the work at A Wanderful Life with all of those travel stories and photo essays.

Interesting things have happened on those 14 months. We spent the summer of 2011 in Normandy, then went back to England in the late summer and early autumn of 2011 to do a renovation project on a house in London and you can see a selection of those pictures at Ad Lib Artisans.

We went back and forth between England and France for 6 months — mainly living and working in Normandy. And now we have stopped travelling (for now?) and are living in the South of France in St. Girons, a town in the Midi-Pyrenees which is less than an hour from the border of Spain.

Yes — we’ve had some ups and downs, a few health issues, a bit of trouble finding a place to live, the usual sorts of day-to-day boo-boos. But all in all it has been perfectly splendid. We really did make the right decision when we sold our house in Australia, closed the business, and went travelling. And now, 21 months after we packed them, we have just been re-united with our boxes which have come by ship from Australia. Hooray!

Well then — if I am SO BUSY maintaining the A Wanderful Life website and keeping my editors at various spots and agencies around the world happy, why am I back over here on Multiversal Musing after a huge absence?

It’s because one website cannot be all things to all topics. And that is why I have made the effort to divide our various interests and occupations into one site for the travel writing and photography, one site for the building-renovation-decoration work, one site just for photography, and THIS site which was always my ‘musing in the Universe’ site about social issues, political trends, eco-topics, health and wellness, and of course, spiritual and paranormal posts on occasion.

I’ve missed it frankly — I’ve missed discussing those other areas of my life. So lest I clutter and confuse the A Wanderful Life website (or any of the others!), I shall be back here on occasion to post bits of this and that. And I will link the posts on this site to the other one so that people who are not simply travel or expat-lifestyle oriented can cruise over here on occasion, too.

There will be times when, instead of writing an entire essay, I will post a list of links that might be of interest on a variety of topics — a sort of Multiversal Musing Daily complete with categories. We’ll have to see how it all works out since I am currently working against a deadline for a book and I have hundreds of photos that are pending upload to my agencies.

Good to be back amongst the other aspects of life — so watch this space!

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6 Months Later

Posted on | June 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

6 months — it has been 6 months since we sold our house in Australia, sold all of the furniture, put some boxes in storage, said goodbye to our friends, and hit the road. And what a marvelous time we have had thus far!

The articles have been rolling out consistently over at A WANDERFUL LIFE, my books are still selling, the photos are selling through my agency, and life is good.

We left rural Victoria, went to Sydney for several weeks, spent 10 days in Amsterdam, 2 months in England, and since March we’ve been to Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam, Hannover, Berlin for a month, Dresden, Strasbourg, a tiny village in the Midi-Pyrenees of France, and currently we are in Normandy. Whew! That’s a lot of driving in our cute little Kia!

Our little blue Kia in Germany

 

But we’ve been pondering a bit of a pause — not to get ensconced in day-to-day living — but to create a little nest — a bolt-hole where we can go when we need a break from travelling. And perhaps it could be a place that generated a bit of income for us next year since France still seems to be quite a popular spot for British and German folks who wish to travel a shorter distance for a holiday than on a long-haul flight.

Those of you who have known us for years won’t be surprised at this, but we’ve begun to look at real estate in lovely French villages with tidy streets, pretty houses, good bakeries on the corner for those fresh pastries, and all of the necessary shops to make a holiday long-let rental home just the buzz.

Are we tired of travelling? To be truthful, some days we are tired. It’s hard to live out of a suitcase and maintain your enthusiasm every single week — so yes, there are peaks and valleys. And that’s to be expected.

Today we spent a full afternoon walking around the largest intact fortified medieval chateau in France and it was a splendid day out. I’m hoping the photos will be splendid and the article well worth reading once I get it posted.

But I’m way off schedule with the posts and photo uploads — about 2 months behind right now. And there are times when I know that what I need is a place to just hang my hat for a few months of the year while I get the work done and Mark reconstructs walls, rewires and replumbs, builds a new kitchen (gads — I DO MISS a proper kitchen!), then plasters and paints.

We’ll see — we’ll see. Just having a bit of a musing-about-the-future kind of day.

And hopefully it won’t be another whole 6 months before I post again on THIS particular blog!

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