I do not have any comment to make on the recent UK election, others are commenting enough, speculation, planning, “doing deals” or whatever their position calls them to do. I have no authority anywhere that might affect outcomes. Or? Maybe every tiny bit at least affects me, I feel I do something. So here goes. … More Aftermath – message to Jeremy Corbyn
It is election day in UK. I have voted. The way the system works means I vote for one member of the UK parliament, out of a selection of candidates, for this particular constituency in which I live. UK people do not vote for a president or prime minister, whichever party gets the majority in … More Election Day: Hope vs Fear
When I got off the plane on Tuesday morning at Terminal 5, ready for my connection flight to Edinburgh… well everyone now knows what the overhead TVs were showing, and like everyone, I am so sorry for those who have suffered in so many different ways in Manchester. I am also moved by the families … More Prevention, 3,2,1
I have been really busy since I returned to Block Island two weeks ago – resuming walks and talks etc. I take a reflection group, very positive outcome from emotional education talks earlier in the year; I am doing an online course that is the best of these offerings yet – I have even had … More The Good News
This is about UK – applies also to other nations. Read the Spirit Level or The Grip of Death or Psychopathic Cultures , or any other efforts to analyse the how and the why in a world of plenty there is so much division. Do not be fooled by the ideology that suggests there is … More Shame – but do not be ashamed
OK, um , f&(, sht Looking on facebook, but these are all my friends so it is not unexpected that I like post after post, on this day when the contagion of phobia seems to have been triumphant. What about one of my own heartfelt beliefs – we are all human? Even those millions who … More Just thinkin’
My last post was a re-blog, thank goodness some people can write and others like Ken Loach can show, that there is a totally dreadful and perverse world out there and some people are suffering it daily, hourly, and the rest of us act helpless/feel useless in the face of this despair. We keep ourselves … More Hope and Despair
What happens when we realize something counter-intuitive? It is not that we were wrong, exactly, it is that the perspective we had, the way we looked, the system we were looking inside, was … not really REAL. We had a story in our heads that seemed to work … most of the time … then … More Realize: get out of the box
I have just returned from a wonderful weekend Retreat in the Lake District, at Ambleside. Among other things our group walked to Rydal, and wonderful M with whom I shared the journey suggested driving back with a detour around Ullswater. [photos below] Positive Money organised the Retreat. Sounds a bit dry. Not much touchy feely … More Radical or Just Plain Sensible?
After the recent events in UK politics, I have been emailing my MP – have done so fairly regularly anyway. I think and hope that direct letters have some effect. The generic content of the last two sent, with personal to him stuff edited out, is below. I think everyone should make contact with their … More Are you represented? Letters to an MP.