• Don’t be nervous, work joyously. I came across Henry Miller’s “11 Commandments of Writing” in a review of a book of his essays. The book was written around the time he wrote Tropic of Cancer. The commandments seem to be a bunch of Edicts To Self to remind the writer to not lose sight of what life is meant to more
  • Why we need people, but push them away, when we’re anxious This is an edited extract from my book first, we make the beast beautiful that picks up after an anxiety attack in the presence of my ex-partner “The Life Natural”. I tried to sum up the weird contradictions and paradoxes and baffling inconsistencies inherent in our need for/inability to cope with people when our heads more
  • That’s the way real men behave. Good night. What do you make of this take on masculinity? Or, if you prefer, this take on the importance of certainty. Yes, this is another post inspired by Zorba the Greek. See my rant about uneasiness and letting go, too, if you like. The two nomad friends must part ways in the morning. The “Boss” can’t more
  • Be unavailable for a day. Can you do it? I am always so on. Engaged. Reaching out. Helping. But this creates a situation where everyone expects a response. Now. Same for you? People know when we’ve read their Facebook message (and our texts if we’re dumb enough to leave that “read”  function on). And if they can see we’re online, 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
  • 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
  • A noble case for sorting your anger, soonest Frank Bruni in the New York Times the other day, in response to Yet More Sad Trump Guff: Today’s partisans have made anger into an industry — using it to run up the number of listeners, viewers and hits. Our language is growing coarser. Our images, too…Madonna fantasizes about blowing up the White House. Kathy Griffin more
  • Greece is teaching me “philotimo”… an unfathomable kindness I’m drawn to Greece. I’ve spent a lot of time here. I keep coming back to absorb the incredibly kind energy of this raw, honest, story-steeped land. For, when I do, this energy seeps into me and I become a better person for it. Greece and Greeks have many lessons to teach me. As I was more
  • I love this definition of true love When you’re single you find yourself looking at your peers ensconced in romantic relations and you try to decipher the secret to good, true love. You know, love that’s fruitful, growth-precipitating, kind and able to foster the spread of kindness beyond the couple in question. Often, sadly, I find my answer in opposition to what I see my 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
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