Just A Thought

Just A Question….

What do you think?

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Is it better not knowing the ugly truth and pretending it doesn’t exist?

Or, is it better to confront the naked truth, knowing that its knowledge may be an albatross that you carry around forever?


Transform Your Kids Into Pagemasters

You might be thinking about trying to get your kids more interested in reading. There are plenty of kids who just aren’t interested in reading at an early age and have to be encouraged at a far later stage usually, in teenage years. Of course, we teach our kids the basics but once they have grasped this many only read when they are forced to, rather than in their spare time. That said there are many benefits of encouraging your kids to read in their spare time.

First, research shows that reading boosts a child’s vocabulary as well as their general level of intellect. Reading may also lead to improvements in memory and general cognitive performance. Through reading, some children may also be encouraged to write in their spare time, finding a passion for creative writing that could serve them well over the next few years. You might think that it’s too late to get your kids interested in reading, but it’s never too late. Some people find a love for reading well into adult life and become people who can’t go through a week without picking up a good book. But how do you get your kids interested in reading?

Passive Reading

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You might struggle to get your kids to pick up a book or download one, but how about listening to a book? There are some fantastic audio books out there that kids will love. For instance, you can pick up the Harry Potter books read by famous British comedian Stephen Fry. The man reads with such expression and adds his own unique magical wonder to this truly fantastic book series. You might think that passive reading isn’t as beneficial for children as picking up a book. It’s true that some of the words will wash over them, but others will stay in their mind. They might even hear a word that they don’t understand and look it up later.

Find A Book They Love

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The problem that most people find when trying to get their kids to read is that they push the classics into their hand. The Call Of The Wild is a brilliant book, and some kids are going to find the novel from a dog’s perspective enthralling. Others, however, will be completely bored. They might be more interested in a novel series such as Alex Rider. This book series is based on the adventures of a teenage spy and is just one in a sea of similar books in the genre. However, the brilliance of this particular trilogy is that it’s written by a prestigious murder mystery writer who has worked on classic shows like Foyle’s War and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. As such, the books have such pulse pounding tension that kids find them hard to put down. The books also have a fairly loyal adult following.

Introduce Them To The Digital World Of Books

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If you really want to get your kids into reading, you might want to think about buying them a Kindle. This will allow them to read and download as many books as they want without buying each individual hard copy. This gives kids a lot of freedom to let them read what they want, how they want. You probably already have a Kindle yourself. If you do, you’ll know one of the major benefits is that there are a lot of free books available by great authors that are slightly less well known. If you’re wondering where to get free Kindle e-books, there are lots of different options, with some even recognized and recommended by popular published authors. This allows kids to go off the beaten path a little more and find writing that they have probably never heard of before. Don’t worry, kids won’t be able to read whatever they want on their Kindle. There are parental controls to ensure you are still in control of their reading.

Family Reading

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Finally, if you have younger children, you may want to try family reading times. Family reading works a lot like reading in school. The children get to pick the book to read, and you all take turns reading it out loud as a family. It’s a great way to share reading together, and kids often love hearing the expression that their parents put into it when it’s their turn to take a chapter.

I hope you use these tips to get your kids a little more involved in reading, outside the typical books that they will usually find in school. It can bring fantastic benefits.

My Thinking Corner

Tuesdays Trickles – My Thinking Corner.

Every Tuesday, I share snippets of thoughts that I call ‘My Thinking Corner.’

I would like to invite you to participate. The challenge is quite simple. You can check this link for more details.


♦ The afflictions that life brings us are like furnaces of refinement, that purifies the afflicted.

♦ To experience harmony, we have to accept our painful past experiences as pebbles to climb up higher to the light.

When I took my eye’s away from the mess of the pain that the harsh experience of life brought my way, I started to see the message. At a first glance, it may look too hard and insurmountable, but you should look again and again. There’s always a better possibility.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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Mundane Monday

White Elephant in the room – Mundane Monday

Mundane Monday Challenge is created to find beauty in almost everything.

The challenge is simple. Find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty and upload the photographs.


Seeing the cute figurine of a white elephant in the room made me chuckle. That’s not a very mundane item but I couldn’t resist clicking.

Elephant in the room” or ” Elephant in the living room ‘ is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss and a “white elephant” is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness.

Well, that said, I don’t think the little elephant is such a huge possession, but maybe the owner has other problems that they are not willing to talk about 😉

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

P.S. Did you get to the blog party? Here’s the link. You can check out lots of other bloggers.

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Featured Blogs

Featured Posts 116 – Share your blog posts.



Today’s featured blogs posts are:

Us and them, my reality shift: Thought provoking article. One of the statements that gave made me pause is:

The “Us and Them” verse refers to how groups (tribes) of humans can be cruel to one another, but as individuals we like to think we would not act this way.

Techno kids: today’s babies know more than you and I about these techie gadgets. Are there any controls?

Fry – day fun: Each day I learn something new and today I learnt about ISTP from this article. An interesting summation. Maybe you can relate.

The time tonight: a lovely read that might tempt to either pen a poem or go to bed 😉

Sink or swim, that’s the question: What’s your choice? Each day we have to make a decision.

Do step in and show some love.

‘Do you want more eyes on your words?’

Well then, add your LINK INTO THIS LOOP.

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Thank you for your understanding and regards.

‘We create a cohesive community when we come together. 

P.S. Our monthly Meet and Greet/Blog Party comes up this weekend Sat 27th/Sun 28th August. Hope to see you there.

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My Thinking Corner

Tuesdays Trickles – My Thinking Corner

Every Tuesday, I share snippets of thoughts that I call ‘My Thinking Corner.’

I would like to invite you to participate. The challenge is quite simple. You can check this link for more details.


♦  When you expand your thinking, your beliefs and everything about yourself, your love and understanding flow freely.

♦ On the alternate side, when you contract, you put up walls and shut yourself off from growth.

Always ask yourself; ‘do I want to grow or do I want to remain stunted?’

Awesome thoughts come in from Oba’s big picture  and Rosema’s handpicked. You’ve got to read these 🙂


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Everyday People

Ambition – Everyday beautiful people 96

“There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.” W.E.B. Dubois


“I would like to be an architect,” she told me in her soft melodious voice and I listened.

“I am starting my course at the University this September and I am so glad.”

‘You see, I am from Yemen and it’s not easy for us as women. There’s a lot of gender disparity,’ she continued in her lilting tone

I could see the shining ambition in her eyes and the beautiful smile on her clear pretty face and I felt such pleasure just knowing that she’s getting the opportunity to pursue her passion and ambition.

The saying that when you raise and train a woman, you raise a village, a town, a nation came to my mind.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

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Jacqueline writes from her heart on passion, pain, suffering, loss and LIFE. I have been incredibly moved by her poetry and I know I will return to “Out of the Silent Breath” again and again.

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Echos Of My Neighbourhood

Photo Workshop and bits of my week – Echoes Of My Neighbourhood 26

On Thursday’s, I share pictures about ‘Echos of my Neighbourhood.

I would like to invite you to participate. The challenge is quite simple and you can find out more about it through this link.

This week has truly been a bit rough on my emotions, but work and attending a three-day digital photography workshop helped to take my mind a bit off things.

I am working at honing my photography skills and see where this road leads. It was a lot of fun that by the time I got home each day, I was numb enough not to think too much about all the ugly incidents going on all over the place.

I met some delightful people and interacted with one of the attendees, a beautiful Turkish lady. My heart felt so sad for her when her eyes brimmed over with tears as she talked about the bombing at ATATURK. She was scheduled to travel home to Turkey this week and her thoughts were filled with trepidation which was quite understandable.

As we sat in our armchairs and zoomed through our timeless portals, Stella took us to Aalborg zoo in Denmark to see some Wildlife, then Lady Lee gave us a treat to Welsh music and sailing down the picturesque Lake Vyrnwy in Wales after which Pamela took us through a 45-minute jaunt through St. Augustine’s beautiful sunrise and tall swaying palms and our travel through the e-portal was capped with eye candies of beautiful vintage cars displayed at a street fair in Brooklyn.

So, when do we get to visit you? Now, don’t be shy and invite us over 😉


Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

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“Beautiful Poetry of Life and Love.” Amanda

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Skilled craft…Every day beautiful people # 72

“I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.” Dean Koontz


In my usual meandering, I came across this man weaving his fishing apparatus by the Creekside and it was quite interesting to watch his dexterous fingers as he painstakingly wove his traps.

Unfortunately, his English was non-existent and I have no idea what language he spoke but from our sign language conversation, my understanding was that he learnt his skill and trade from childhood under the tutelage of his father.

Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.


“Beautiful Poetry of Life and Love.” Amanda

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