Posts by Anni

Homecoming

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Travel and homecoming are intertwined – in myth, stories and experience. From Homer’s Odyssey to Plato’s cave, ancient stories highlight that return from travel can allow the familiarity of home and everyday life to be seen anew, with fresh eyes. In modern times, authors have drawn on variations of  the travel and homecoming  theme, from James Campbell’s Hero’s…

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Travelling On

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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” The opening lines of ‘The Go-Between’ by LP Hartley, describes a man in his mid-sixties reminiscing whilst pouring through a box of mementos. As a child who lived her life in books, I’ve always loved the idea of travel – through time and space – going back in…

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Settled Work

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In the frenzy of the past week at work, with projects to be pushed along and deadlines to be met, I was aware of a feeling of excitement and satisfaction. Despite often being tired and sometimes being frustrated by the pace of work, I love being there. I’m grateful for the people I connect with through work and…

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Letting Go and Getting Lost

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I’ve been trying to relax when I have the opportunity lately. I work part time although I often seem to be involved in work activities most days and some nights. Partly that’s because I love what I do, and partly it’s because I’m a bit of a perfectionist and fuss over doing the best job I can. So…

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Wellbeing and Being Well

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So despite philosophising, planning for a change of pace and gratitude for what I already have in life, getting older does have its down side – the aging body. My body has just raised the ante recently in reminding me that it needs care by succumbing to a series of viruses, including one that caused inflammation, pain and…

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Wondering about Life

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I really loved and felt a resonance with  Meg’s comments to my first blog about ‘turning sixty’ which she described as a ‘cause for reflection and wonder’ . Her thoughts about the ‘unspoken paradigms that guide the way I live’ mirrored those of Jung in his urging of us to re-examine  taken-for-granted assumptions that may have served us well in our…

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Grateful for the afternoon

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Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening,…

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Hello world!

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I’m turning sixty in approximately six months time and I’ve decided to mark this journey into what many call the third age, and Jung calls the ‘afternoon of life,’ by writing a blog over a  twelve month period –  from six months before to six months afterwards. I’m aiming to use this blog to provide  the space and…

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