We are all aliens, at home. We awake and rub our eyes, brains warming up as we focus for another day on yet more things that sit beyond us, almost within reach but not quite close enough for us to grasp with two hands. We are aliens in our own world, no different now, really, … Continue reading We are aliens
It’s been an emotional few months. Well, an emotional life, really. What are we if not a mixing bowl of emotions? See? I told you. I’m still emotional and am likely to remain so. What is the alternative to emotional? Control? And what is that if not simply the pretence of something clearly not real? … Continue reading Emotional few months
I know exactly what prayer is. I don’t know who made all this. Who set the ball rolling, or why. I think about it often – like whenever I’m not doing anything else. So, if I’m not translating or washing up or working out, I think about what the point is and why we are … Continue reading I Know Exactly What Prayer Is.
There is nothing like the truth. The truth will set you free. There is nothing like the truth. The truth will cause misery. Growing up, the truth was sold to me as the basis of a decent, civilised, and successful life. Among societal leaders and winners were the local doctor, lawyer, judge, and post office … Continue reading Nothing Like the Truth
You should write something. I always enjoy your writing. Why don’t you write? You’re good. More people should read it. Well, I’d love to, but I just have these things stopping me. Like what? There are 24 hours in a day. I know but they tend to be 24 hours of stress and anxiety. Seems … Continue reading Write On
She had horses who loved her. And horses who didn’t but tried. Horses who didn’t know and never would. She had horses who shivered in snow. She had horses who shivered anyway, any day. She had horses who were wise. She had horses who thought they were wise. She had horses who couldn’t be trusted … Continue reading She had horses
“Things ain’t what they used to be” – where does that line come from? Must be a musical from my childhood – ‘Oliver,’ maybe. If so, we are going back over 40-odd years to a line that is perfect for today in September 2020, when the first TV debate will air between Biden and Trump. … Continue reading Be vast
Unscripted, free-flowing monologue recorded in one take and then transcribed, just to try something different. Some years ago – well, eight years ago – I had an experience. I saw, for the first time in my life, a dead body. It wasn’t a war experience, or anything like that. It was my brother-in-law. It was … Continue reading You bet your life
The more things change, the more things get weird. I was going to say that we know change happens. The seasons do their thing, as do tides and the second hands of clocks and watches. Bank accounts run down; gas tanks empty. Fridges, in our house, get fuller. Dust settles, perspective shifts. We age, while … Continue reading Things change
My friends are a mixed bunch. I’m lucky in a big way – I don’t choose friends with any idea of what they can do for me professionally. This is one of the benefits of working for myself. It’s also one of the major disadvantages. There’s never anyone to help me. When you’re alone, you’re … Continue reading The ocean remains blue and peaceful
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