• The post you send to your friends who are STILL wearing perfume A while back I wrote an open letter to everyone in my orbit asking if they’d consider not wearing perfume around me. I shared the scientific reason why it was effectively “killing me”…and them. It was  awkward. But bless my fellow humans, they got it and really tried hard to remember to not apply fragrance, more
  • I’m clear about what I’m hungry for. You? I ate at Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune in New York about six years ago. I didn’t realise the story behind the woman. I do now and have been watching her “Mind of A Chef” series on Netflix recently. She shares in this interview her bold thinking about everything. She sticks it up complacency. Me, I’m very more
  • Why am I a nomad? Have you read Bruce Chatwin? I read Songlines, his fiction-meets-non-fiction account of his travels in deep Aboriginal country during a hiking trip at the start of the year. It’s worth a read. As I shared with my friend and National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner: “He is a rare writer who can actually insert himself into a story and more
  • I rate 7 natural anxiety remedies As I write in first, we make the beast beautiful, a pick axe to the head won’t cut it when my anxiety is at full throttle (so don’t suggest some chamomile tea, or valerian, in such instances!). I accept this; I now put my efforts towards maintaining an even keel. In The Beast I liken more
  • What to do when hopelessness sets in While I was in Crete two loved ones reached out to me in a lot of pain. It’s one of the benefits of being in a wonky time zone – you can talk to family and friends at intimate hours. Both of these special people are experiencing deep hopelessness – that point where you feel there more
  • What Zorba The Greek taught me about being free (prepare for f*cking gold!) I flagged a post ago about why Zorba the Greek is a book that must be read that I’ll be sharing several Zorba lessons. Such is the impact it’s had on me. The first was about my uneasiness in the face of the “is-ness” of life. Here’s another. It’s possibly the most succinct overview of what it takes more
  • In which I explain why Zorba The Greek must be read I’m in love with Zorba The Greek. He’s a character (in a novel), a real man (Nikos Kazantzakis based the character on someone he met in the 1920s), and he’s every Greek I’ve ever loved, for he distills all that I have in my heart, waiting to be expressed in full, in stunning exclamations that cut Right To more
  • Doubt and certainty comes with giving a shit. True dat. One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. – Mathematician Bertrand Russell A somewhat elitist  statement, but one I’ve been quoting to a lot of mates lately as they worry about the fact that they think they more
  • Freedom is always available. Will you pay the price? Freedom is always available. One need only pay the price for it. – Henry de Montherlant How much do you want it? How much will you pay for yours? I seek freedom from the constraints of “having to do something that makes no altruistic or elegant sense”. The price I pay? I live a largely lonely life. more
  • I’ve created a Pandora anxiety mixtape for you! While I was writing my book it occurred to me, “wouldn’t it be ace to put together a soundtrack of tunes for anxious types like me that could elevate our experience to a comfortable place, particularly when we’re wired up, in line with something resembling beauty and purpose and grace…so we can, well, feel more more