The Firebird Chronicles

Helping an elderly parent with a life change

Helping an elderly parent with a life change

Helping your parents downsize their home could be one of the hardest things you ever do, both emotionally and practically. There are decades of belongings to deal with - not to mention the inherent tension of a parent-child relationship. You may even be in a situation...

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Mortgaging your time to the future

Every time we keep something in order to get to it One Day, we are bonding our time to the future. I am not referring to definite goals, in which we have a plan, set a date and accomplish whatever it is we set out to do. I am talking about a no-time zone called One...

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A Personal Story

A Personal Story

The day after my nineteenth birthday, my mother woke me up in tears.  She had to fly to Johannesburg to visit her mother, who was very sick.  I said goodbye to her that day – and I never saw her again.  She became ill with meningitis while in Johannesburg, and did not...

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One Step at a Time…

I have been walking up mountains since I was in my early twenties. At first I hated it: the only reason I started was because my boyfriend-at-the-time decided we should get fit. Gradually however, as the weeks passed, my mind adjusted itself to accept what I was...

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File Shui

Ah, filing… dystopian visions of corporate drones plowing through a Kafka-esque universe of overflowing gunmetal-grey filing cabinets...  skyscraper-sized piles of paper obscuring… wait!  Come back! I was at a Staples store the other day, and was happy to discover,...

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