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The Value of Silence

The Value of Silence

“When the lips are closed, then the heart begins to speak.” Sufi sayingSilence. Ah, if only you could get away from everything. Take a holiday, go walking in the mountains, cycle across a continent, if only…That’s the big problem with our modern world,...
3 Bad Kinds of Thinking

3 Bad Kinds of Thinking

For a writer, there are many reasons to put off writing.For one, there’s your real job, the work you get paid for. Often the last thing you want to do when you get back from the shop or office is to open the laptop and start writing. And then there’s the...

L plates for a new Mozart

We’re always learningThat’s the truth of it, the unwritten law of life. Stumbling, blathering, making mistakes as we go along. Stopping, getting STUCK. Taking a wrong turn, taking a U-turn. Going round in circles.No one starts with a great plan. Even...

Life As Fiction: Telling Your Story

There’s no way to get round it: life is a fiction.Language is one of the tools we use to tell it. And life stories are a means of explanation.The only useful attribute to life – once all the others such as food, warmth, shelter and reproduction are taken...