Category Archives: philosophy

Currant Fairies

Rhobin Courtright wants to know about the inclusion of current affairs in our writing, and sorry, I just can’t help the title. Her examples are: Do you ever include politics in your stories (why and how?) Do you ever address … Continue reading

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“I can’t breathe!” It was the merest gasp. I looked at Jake. His lips were blue. Only three days ago, he’d dismissed it as “Just a flu, mate.” For two years now, his opinion was, “That COVID thing is a … Continue reading

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How to become enlightened

Like me, Don Lubov refuses to follow rules, stick to conventions, do things like everyone else. As well as having sent me a list of great essays, he has also posted a comment on one of my recent posts. The … Continue reading

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Who is winning the war in Ukraine?

I sent a guest post to my friend Pendantry, titled Who is winning this war? He modified the title because his version ranks higher on a headline analyser. How admirably scientific! Either way, you can read my brief rave at … Continue reading

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Gain sanity in an insane world

For more years than I care to count, Jon Kabat-Zinn has been one of my inspirations. I have learned from several of his books. He developed his mindfulness-based technique for coping with severe pain in 1979. I have used it … Continue reading

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A Frog Story

One of my clients, way back in 2010, was a very damaged little boy. He’d been bullying other kids at school, and was defiant and angry at home. I wrote this healing story him. Once there was a happy little … Continue reading

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A Peaceful Proposal, by Don Lubov

Don is a brother; a fellow oldie campaigning for a better world for today’s youngsters. He has chosen to let go of his website, and instead sends emails around to his group of friends. From now on, when he wants … Continue reading

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Mass murder

The world is reeling from yet another school shooting in the USA. The results? An outpouring of outrage, love and emotional support for the families involved, a soul-searching for the causes. All of this is completely appropriate. The usual insane … Continue reading

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Positive psychology: chatting with Nina

4 a.m. my time, Thursday 25 May (hey, that’s today!), I was in Los Angles, where Dr Nina Savelle-Rocklin enjoyed 11 am. She and I had an hour’s talk via LA Talk Radio, but oddly for a radio station, you … Continue reading

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Pain: masking it is asking for more

Wrenched your ankle? Bruised your hip or head? Standard response to an acute injury is to reduce the pain with a couple of pills, right? And the most frequent pill is an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen. That reduces inflammation (Hey I … Continue reading

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