Category Archives: Life

Life

Dog tired

He’s a lovely little fella, but phew! As predicted; a puppy is a whole lot of work. Still it’s a joyful business. And despite finding myself breathing mist: in a bobble hat, an old coat and a pair of crocs; … Continue reading

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Dam; Busted

After a month of refusal, obstruction and obfuscation… on Monday the dam finally broke. Under siege from my other and better half, out thought and out argued by my eldest; and finally advised to throw in the towel by my … Continue reading

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Wise Words

The BBC reported this week that two notes written by Albert Einstein, including his theory for happy living, sold for $1.56m. Given to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip, Einstein (who had just heard that he … Continue reading

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Distracted? There’s an App for that…

Eric Barker writes a great blog; I’ve told three people about the thesis in this post, in the last week or so. Neuroscience increasingly suggests we’re all more a bunch of impulsive Apps than a well designed rational operating system. … Continue reading

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The Silent Cinema

Now here’s a peculiar thing… Having done a fair bit of listening to people with soothing voices inviting me to contemplate my feet… and having read a couple of harder core books from the Dalai Lama… I’d concluded mindfulness and … Continue reading

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The Old Grey Goose

Just 13 days after the fateful phone call, the old grey goose – aka my mother-in-law – passed away. As I texted a work colleague: Thanks a lot, we’re all in good shape. Kids are getting there and Eleanor and … Continue reading

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Sunny

😎 After two house moves in two weeks; last Sunday, post visiting a loved one in terminal decline and absolutely physically and emotionally shattered – I cried for the first time in a decade. It was just too sad. But … Continue reading

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The swift flight of a single sparrow

After a couple of weeks of solid change – new house, new office, new term, new school year – I wrote to my old philosophy tutor the other evening. He has written extensively on the ‘Episodic Life’ – a view … Continue reading

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Fear factored

A book I’m currently reading urges us to think of ‘fear’ as the mental equivalent of physical ‘pain’. On one level they’re the things we want to most avoid; but looked at another way they are just simple signalling mechanisms. … Continue reading

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Bouldering

I've had 'bouldering' on my to do list for a while. Not even sure what it was, I thought it was some kind of paddling through streams, clambering on boulders thingy. And that seemed like a good 'Dad and Daughter' … Continue reading

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