Category Archives: Truisms

School Run

School run Is no fun Crying child Try to be mild In the car Getting later So many people Do nothing to cater Me first You wait Milling around at the gate Daughter searching For her pals Sees them Runs … Continue reading

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Veni, Vidi, Amici

As I get on in life, I get to spend time with some interesting, clever people. But they can come with sizeable egos. And that can translate into ‘High Status Behaviours’. That’s not necessarily a problem. ‘Happy High Status’ is … Continue reading

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The Eaves

Cycling to work every day I get a regular soaking. Decent waterproofs help. But there are days, when looking out of the kitchen window, I don’t fancy it much. A number of years ago in the book ‘Angry White Pyjamas’ … Continue reading

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Font of Knowledge

I owe Steve Jobs a good deal. From early dial-up internet on my original Aqua iBook to blogging with an iPhone and iPad. Despite liberating £1000s from my wallet over the years, I am eternally grateful to him. He has … Continue reading

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Blake’s Proverbs

William Blakes’ Proverbs of Hell are a bit like Jenny Holzer’s Truisms – some you get some you don’t, some resonate some clang. Still thinking about some of the things which I think constitute the good life, four of his … Continue reading

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Kisses

As my other half left the house for work one morning this week, my daughter was a bit sad. My daughter and son were perched with me on the back of the sofa. My partner waved to us through the … Continue reading

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Truisms iv) Demos

Growing up in a safe, benign and predominantly urban country like the UK, means you miss out on a lot of the experiences which define life in other countries. We don’t really have natural disasters, extreme weather, earthquakes, civil war, … Continue reading

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Truisms iii) Dry stonewalling

Here are seven of Jenny Holzer’s Truisms I increasingly agree with: Fake or real indifference is a powerful personal weapon Expressing anger is necessary Emotional responses are as valuable as intellectual responses Giving free rein to your emotions is an … Continue reading

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Truisms i) A little knowledge can go a long way?

Friends of ours have Jenny Holzer’s ‘Truisms’ on the wall in their loo. Every time I read it I find myself agreeing easily with the first few I alight on – and then violently disagreeing with the next one I … Continue reading

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