Would you rather…?

Another day, another climate talk – Part 2 It’s 3.45 in the morning and I’m awake.  Outside I can hear the rain, the incessant rain. Was it the rain that woke me? Yesterday, on my way home I saw the river had broken its banks again. I’d been visiting a friend who was about to…

The undivided self

I have a memory of how it started. I was visiting my Dad in New York and my big sister had taken me and a friend to the fairground. I was thirteen years old. It was summer. I was dressed in shorts and t-shirt. When our turn came for the Ferris wheel my friend and I…

Sleep like a river

“How we need another soul to cling to.” – Sylvia Plath Since my nine year old son watched a particularly scary episode of Dr Who we have started practising ‘kawa no ji mitai’. Kawa no ji mitai is not some ancient martial art designed to chase away the bogeymen from under the bed, but it…

Another day, another climate talk

“For sometime now I’ve been terribly worried. I wish I didn’t have to acknowledge it, but everything I have feared is happening.” Dr Sarah Perkins, Climate Scientist Another day, another climate talk. And as the climate march leading up to it, the summit itself and the various analyses fade into the media background within a…

Peace is possible

“A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make nations sick.” Ben Okri I wasn’t intending to write this particular post, but every time I sat down to write this week I could only think of one thing: Gaza.

Drawing circles

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are things in this world I would like to draw a circle around. Things, or more accurately experiences, that I value so much that I want a special place for them, somewhere safe where they cannot be touched by what we so quaintly refer to as ‘the market’. Experiences such as beauty, love and freedom.