• Leonard Cohen: The yearning at your core Leonard Cohen is a man who lived with inner anguish, but did so gallantly. He celebrated the melancholy of life. He planted the truth of our existence (we die, my friends!) before us without apology. He wrestled with all this, but, again, without apology. In the wake of his recent passing, you might like to more
  • My favourite longreads (for your weekend-reading pleasure) Earlier in the week I shared how I longread. I flagged why it is such an important practice for our frazzled brains. Today, I give you my list of favourite sources for finding long things to read that enrich my mind, make my heart soar, enhance my understanding of the world, while also drawing me more
  • This is how I do my longreads Much of where we are feeling we’re going wrong lies in the speed at which we are moving, talking, toggling and…reading. I’ve shared one of my favourite takes on this, by David Malouf writing in the Quarterly Essay not so long ago. Malouf suggests: We are moving at a speed that’s not conducive to discerning more
  • To be a full person, you have to let nothing happen There was a lovely response to my I have my freedom today because nothing really happened post a few weeks back. Nicely, this pierced my radar – an interview comedian Louis C.K. did on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He discusses the same theme. Of being OK with nothing happening. He refers to our smartphone habit – more
  • A really bizarre trick for drinking coffee when you have hormone issues! My mate Kate Callaghan is a nutritionist, personal trainer and author, specialising in hormone healing and fertility. Today I’ve asked her to share a trick she told me about recently for those of us who have hormone derangement, but who love coffee. It’s a common quandary…and it would appear Kate has a solution… (Plus, a more
  • Sylvia Plath’s purple figs lesson Hello. Are you like me? As in, do you really, truly struggle with making decisions?  I think many of you reading this blog do. As I’ve written before, decision fatigue sees us do dumb things, like reverting to default or safe options, or to making decisions that keep our options open…which just prolongs the fatigue. more
  • Where can an anti-consumption approach fit when you own a business? I’ve obviously contemplated this a bit. I personally don’t buy very much, but I sell things. Most of my wares are electronic and are educational tools to assist consumers to, in fact, consume less and, importantly, waste less. I sell printed books, too. How do I sit with that? Quite well. Books are not disposable. more
  • That moment you stop asking if you are going to be okay… I don’t know if I can discuss this further. If I can add to it. Cleo Wade is an artist, poet and speaker. She often shares her poetry on Instagram. She nails life when she does so. I guess the bravery she alludes to is one that we have to summon when the shit really gets real more
  • Here, my hacks for making less plans It’s a bit of a recurring rant of mine. In these modern times we are flooded with opportunities, commitments, options and invites. Where success was defined by how many contacts you could make, and how much information you could collate, today it’s defined by how much of all this “input” you can shut out. Right? more