I am a writer, researcher and journalist who dabbles in books, literary festivals, development, history, growing vegetables and travel. This is my personal blog and it is focused on celebrating life. I live in the deep south of Portugal not far from the Spanish border. I write about the local and how communities connect. Along with many others, I sit in cafes listening, waiting, watching and writing. My goal is to create insightful and relevant moments. The photos in this blog and in published articles are usually my own. I typically post once or twice a week. To make sure you don't miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via email. Link on the home page! My Biography My background is in Development and ICT. I worked for IBM and Ecosaurus, before getting involved with the use of technology in and between communities. For a few years, I managed the European and International Unit for the Community Development Foundation (CDF) in the UK. As a VSO consultant in Africa, I worked with networks to help NGO's to build capacity for future development. I graduated from Warwick University with a History BA Hons. I acquired the bug of education after an early life of religious high control that did not succeed in blocking my desire to learn. I studied Law at De Montfort University and then Birmingham University. Journalism qualifications came later. I write for journals, blogs, and magazines under a couple of pen names and as Sue Hall. I prefer to write non-fiction, but in the last few years I have written some short stories.