Inheritance

  In today’s church sermon, the priest remembered the life of someone remarkable – an “ordinary”  local woman called Ellie. In describing her, he talked of how she could cut through complicated theorising and philosophising with simple stories from her grandmother, and how her grandmother’s wisdom was an inheritance that became part of who Ellie…

This one’s for Barbara

My lovely friend and reader Barbara Anne has pointed out that the photograph in my most recent post is a bit doomy and gloomy. She asks for something more cheerful in lieu of a new post. So here’s a photo I came across of sheer autumn joy. And a question: when was the last time you…

Still Life: a review

I watched this 2013 film quite by chance last night following a Netflix browse, having never heard of it before. Still Life is extraordinary. I discovered it has won many awards at smaller film festivals for director, lead actor and cinematography, although no nods from the bigger fish. Of course not, it is far too simple and real and…

When being older is just normal

Just a quick note today. I was chatting with a work colleague who I guess is of a similar vintage to me, and we were talking about how wonderful things like ice-cream taste when you’re a kid. We started reminiscing about various food items and brands we remembered growing up, and my colleague casually asked “How…

Spending time making a living

Writing my morning pages today, my thoughts were spinning on the familiar hamster wheel of keeping afloat financially. I found myself writing the phrase “making a living” as I jotted down thoughts on how to do so. But then the peculiarity of the phrase struck me. Do we really “make a living”? What does it mean? Because…

Mañana…

Just a few quick thoughts today. I was chatting with a friend recently, both of us in our early sixties, and we agreed how much we both simply assume there will be loads of tomorrows to do what we want. And hopefully we will have those tomorrows. Barring illness or accident, lifespans are getting longer. We could…

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