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Your subconscious mind is always at work processing the millions of experiences and sensations your brain receives every day. It’s an enormous bank vault containing everything that’s happened to you ever since you were a small child. It will go on receiving and collecting data until the day you die.

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“Doctor, I’m sorry to disturb you. Alexey Voronkov’s grandson is asking to see you.” Vadim’s secretary hovered uncertainly in the doorway of his office. “He says he doesn’t want to come in, but could you come out to him?”

Intrigued, Vadim rose from his desk and followed Katya into the…

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First, a disclaimer

I’m not a doctor. I’m not even a patient — yet. But I am a 54-year-old-woman who has gained fourteen pounds (6.3kg) since going through menopause, and I now weigh about thirty-five pounds (15.8kg) more than my average adult weight.

Close to home

Several members of my family have developed type 2 diabetes…

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The happiest man in Moscow is not Russian at all, he’s Cuban. But his wife, Yelena, is Russian, and this story begins with her.

When Yelena was nineteen she had one passion in life and that passion was for dancing. Since the age of seven, she had taken dance class…

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Tap. Tap. Tap.

The noise swam into my sleep but I pushed it away. This dream was far too good to abandon. The tapping came again and I made the laughing girl in the red dress click her heels on the dance floor. Hanging on, just hanging on.

“Eduardo, wake…

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If there’s one thing we can count on in life, it’s that we can’t count on anything. We’ll allow the exceptions of death and taxes, as Bullock and Defoe wrote, and Franklin made famous in his letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy.

… in this world nothing can be said to…

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How many sunrises have you watched in your life? Have you ever seen the sun rise over the sea?

My answers to those questions are ‘not enough’ and ‘only once.’ …

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We live in such a youth-orientated world, we’re often made to feel past our sell-by dates as we hit middle-age and beyond. Popular culture is mainly aimed at people in their teens and twenties. The media, fashion, music, and leisure — by fifty-plus, we’re no longer the target audience.


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The early years

When you’re seven, life is infinite. The teenage years are still around that next bend, over the hump that is ten. Adulthood feels like an improbable dream. Jobs? Relationships? Children? They’re so far ahead you can’t imagine them, so you believe they will probably never happen to you.

(I remember…

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“I’d love it if you could join me,” the woman said, smiling at him.

“Well, it’s very kind of you. But I can’t impose on Christmas Day.”

“Nonsense! It’s not imposing if you’re invited. And you are.” She smiled again. “You really mustn’t be alone, tomorrow of all days. And…

Tess Wheeler

Writer, EFL teacher, early Gen Xer. Reader and beach walker. Now happy at home in the NE of England but plotting more travel and adventures in this second half.

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