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Friday food treat: Nikujaga

Source: https://norecipes.com/nikujaga-recipe

Source: https://norecipes.com/nikujaga-recipe

Returning to Japan means returning to new tastes and recently acquired ones. This week, I made nikujaga – beef and potato stew.

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Thoughts about Friday …

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Photo credit Alejandro-Alvarez via unsplash.com

I have never in my life found myself in a situation where I’ve stopped work and said, ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’ 

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Why do so many people work in cafes?

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Have you noticed how many people seem to work or have meetings in cafes? It seems to be growing. I am sure they are not all people who have no formal workplace. I did it myself – and seemed to have greater productivity there. But why?

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Why gratitude is good for you

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Photo by Elaine Casap on Unsplash.com

Gratitude is a social concept. It involves others – usually recognition of them giving us something. The act of gratitude may be simple and involve basic niceties, but effects are far-reaching.

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10 Reasons why being outside is good for you

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Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash.com

Being outside in nature can have a wonderful cleansing effect on you. Research from many studies shows just being outside can affect health, happiness and creativity. Here are ten benefits.

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Thoughts about stoicism …

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Photo by Colby Thomas on Unsplash.com

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
~ Seneca

Thoughts about people …

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Photo by Štefan Štefančík on Unsplash.com

I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures … I divide the world into the learners and nonlearners.
~ Benjamin Barber

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