Jar of Unhelpful Thoughts

Dear reader, this here is my Jar of Unhelpful Thoughts. It has a permanent place on my desk, next to my pen mug. I shall now tell its story. I used to be a writer who loved having written but for whom the process of writing itself could be absolute agony. The reason it was […]

There’s a word for it


A little something to tickle those primal senses.

Photo Challenge

A 30-day photo challenge that was all over Pinterest a few years ago. Looks like a fun thing to try precisely because I’m not a photographer – to see how I interpret the topics and what I choose to focus on. Not so much a lesson in photography as a journey into me, sort of […]

A Spot Of Philosophy. And Calculus.

Jeremy Bentham is one of my favourite philosophers: he spoke for individual freedom, equal rights for women, abolition of slavery, was an advocate of animal rights, and all in all felt it was important for people to be nice and have compassion for others. Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all […]

Why can’t the maples be happy in their shade?

It’s always interesting to play this song to people and ask them what they think it’s about – and what they make of the very end of the lyrics. 🙂   There is unrest in the forest There is trouble with the trees For the maples want more sunlight And the oaks ignore their pleas… […]