An initiative of ASPEN (Authors' Self-Publishing Enterprise)


in Education, Personal Growth, Health, Relationships, Business and others 

Volume 2 - No. 3 -  2003


Self Help

'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers - 

William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)


Putting in a Star Performance - by Amanda Knight

When your boss asks you to take ownership of a project, he or she is actually asking you to own your own performance; to have 'star billing', rather than be a second-rate act.  But if employers want you to take ownership, they must understand what this means, what they are asking of you: to be all that you can be in your role . . . 

Performing in this way, you will search for the same in others; as a result you will seek to understand many things - particularly the decisions and behaviours of others at all levels of the organisation.  Taking ownership means doing it your way. 


The Eyes Have It - by Joe Sinclair

In The Art of Seeing (1943), Aldous Huxley wrote: "So long as the art of seeing is not taught to children as part of their normal education, the trade in artificial lenses is not likely to suffer more than a trifling loss . . .  Human sloth and inertia will guarantee the opticians at least nine-tenths of their present business."

As part of the Notions, Potions and Nostrums theme of this issue, the author describes his experiences with the Bates Eye Therapy.  "I was prescribed glasses sixty years ago," he says.  "A few months later I discovered Bates.  Three months after performing the simple exercises he recommends I was able to throw the glasses away.  I have not worn them since." 

Reads just like a suspect advertisement for  "snake oil".  "But it worked for me, so you won't find me knocking it."


Doing What Comes Naturally - by Joe Sinclair

A further article by our Editor in the Notions, Potions and Nostrums series.  This time he describes his salutary experiences with cures for headaches and arthritis.

Joe says: "I am not trying to convert anyone to anything.  The description of my experiences will be, I hope, of interest.  But I hasten to state that while they work for me, they may not work for others.  Still, nothing ventured, as they say . . . "


Twelve Rational Principles (Part I) - by Wayne Froggatt 

Wayne Froggatt says:  "They will help you achieve success at stress management in two ways. First, they will help you counter the self-defeating beliefs that create distress. Second, they will help you overcome a number of common blocks to using the practical strategies that are a standard part of stress management training."

The first six principles.

Twelve Rational Principles (Part II) - by Wayne Froggatt

The remaining six principles.