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A moment just before

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” 325 more words

Consciousness of a Bat

“There’s a brilliant paper by Thomas Nagel, which asks “what’s it like to be a bat?”, and this is the third person experience which he points very clearly to, you cannot have a scientific approach to, but what science does in very simple terms, is to work out what a bat needs to have in order to know it’s a bat. 79 more words



Child matures
Into grizzled, old man,
Whiles dogs run
Playful and happy,
Under the summer sun


Photo thanks to @cmangia

My Poetry


Night had fallen on the small Lake Ropi campsite, letting the stars and moon and glimmers of planets blink to life. The world dropped away to the mountain ridges on either side of the lake with Pyramid Peak towering to the west. 653 more words

Reading the Air: letter to Meredith

After extensive discussions with Meredith Capethorne, Professor of Temples visiting Japan, who is unable to believe in anything except academia and extensive proofs, Nohmen, a Buddhist priest, decides to write to her.   2,190 more words

Reading The Air: Life-magic In Japan

Piano notes and tea

It’s calming,


it makes you smile.

It’s warm,


it makes you daydream.

Harmony calms your busy mind,

it soothes your troubled thoughts

it makes things simpler and clearer. 23 more words


Wednesday Tips #17 2014

Many grandparents experience concern  that their special treasures on display will be inadvertently damaged by grandchildren when they visit.  My grandchildren spend time with me every week, so to minimise anxiety all round, I have a simple solution which works for us. 188 more words