Category: Philosophical

The Colour of Hope

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Green is the colour of hope – of growth and renewal. It’s the colour of nature, of ferns and fecundity, in all its hues from emerald to chartreuse. My favourite colour has always been green, as far back as I can remember as a child, from when I chose green over pink for my first puffed sleeve party…

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Book Life

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I’ve just bought a large box of books. Weight and space prevented me from buying more. I had to limit myself to what would fit into my box on wheels – a yellow plastic cube with detachable wheels and an extendible handle. I used to take a jaunty back-pack to work, then moved to a smart faux-leather computer…

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Another Year Over

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Another year over, a new one to come … as John Lennon’s eponymous Christmas song of peace goes … and what have you done? I wish we could say that war is over, as he does on his lyrics, but human beings keep bumbling on. I’ve been reading the Dalia Lama’s plea for a secular ethics in his…

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Reaching Tin River Again

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I’ve returned to Thea Astley’s 1990 book ‘Reaching Tin River,’ compelled to search my bookshelves for it after reading the opening of Julian Barnes’ book ‘The Sense of an Ending’. Both books begin with a list of images – possible openings – all later revealed as pivotal to their respective stories. Both lists startle, disorientate and lure the…

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Storied Journey

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Shared stories connect us as human beings. Stories can soothe sorrows or excite passion, spark creativity and foster dreams.  Jung described myths, stories shared across cultures and eons, as the collective unconsciousness of humanity.  From Greek, through Persian, Nordic and Celtic myths, to present day novels and blogs, archetypal stories re-appear: the mother, the hero/ine, the wanderer, the…

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