Category Archives: Questions

Light and darkness

‘What does he sing of?’ Arren asked the mage… ‘Of the grey whales, and the albatross, and the storm…’ (from The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin) Beyond my window as I write this, a dramatic fire-streaked sunset is submitting slowly to the darkness of the longest night: Winter Solstice. In Ursula Le Guin’s book The Farthest Shore,…

Finding an alternative for “youthful”

Youthful Adjective 1. characterized by youth; young 2. of, pertaining to, or befitting youth: youthful enthusiasm 3. having the appearance, freshness, vigour, etc. of youth: She is 60 but her optimism has kept her youthful The word youthful has become a sloppy shorthand for a number of other characteristics. The dictionary definition above gives us just a couple of examples: the implication that enthusiasm…

Fifteen important things for women over fifty

I was amused by a recent article in HuffPost titled 15 Things a Woman Over 50 Should Own. It inspired me to make a similar list, starting with two from HuffPost with which I thoroughly agree. But although there are some material things to “own” in my list, the emphasis is slightly different: A room of…

Crones and serpents

I‘m a snake. That’s to say it’s my sign in the Chinese zodiac, so this is my year because the Chinese just ushered in the Year of the Snake. And it got me thinking. Crones and serpents We have something in common, snakes and aging women: we’re both feared and revered. The snake as bad…

Are you prejudiced?

Have you ever had the experience of catching yourself out in prejudiced thinking? I bet you have. It happened to me the other day, and I’m a little reluctant to share it with you, but here goes! You’ve probably read that Hillary Clinton was in hospital recently with a blood clot. This prompted a lot…

Do men need their own liberation movement?

We have a holiday weekend here in the UK, and I’m off visiting friends. I leave you with this question: do men need their own liberation movement? Fr Richard Rohr has worked in the field of men and spirituality for many years in his vision of Men as Learners and Elders (MALEs) programme. This seems…

What would you do with freedom?

I’ve been reading a lot over this Easter break about location-independent businesses. (As the name suggests, it’s a way of building up a business you can conduct from anywhere in the world.) One of the many people who do this is a young guy called Ev Bogue. He travels from place to place, making a…

Why time isn’t money

It’s a famous saying isn’t it? “Time is money!” And certainly time can be charged out in a monetary way. If you were to hire me as your coach, you’d find that my coaching fees are based largely on time. But our lives at their best are too broad and magical to be measured by…

How do we define beauty?

I had a very strange experience today. As part of a temporary work contract, I had to choose and book two models for a photo-shoot, not something I’ve done before. The brief was clear: one woman, one man, between certain age ranges and each with a certain look. So I logged on to the model…

We plan, God laughs

To what extent are we in control of our own lives and destinies? There’s an old saying “We plan, God laughs”. Whose fault? Last week I shared a captioned picture on Facebook. It’s the blue one a few paragraphs down, with images of two women. When I first came across it, something about it made…

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