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Youth Unemployment & Isolation

Here’s a little post I was asked to write for the Youthwork Magazine:

This month the Office for National Statistics revealed that unemployment rates in the UK have fallen by 58,000 to an estimated 1.91 million (ONS, Jan 2015). 495 more words

Isolation of the elderly

Task for this week: to write a short story or newspaper article based on a topic you feel passionate about. We spent the session thinking about potential topics and then wrote the piece for homework. 1,109 more words


We Can’t Escape the Past, We Can Only Suppress It or Hide From It, but Should We?

When I look at one particular photo from my childhood, it captures my family perfectly: Disneyland, 1950s, planted on the edge of a circular planter. With one hand, my mother grips the stroller containing the current baby (there always was a new one), staring off to the right. 431 more words

To Think About

The life of an opinion in the new world

More and more, it has become fashionable to talk about the isolating power of the internet and social media. So often we say, “Yes, the internet has great powers to connect us, BUT…,” delving into the complex new ways in which we feel more alone than ever, without ever really taking the time to notice the new subtleties in the ways we’re connected. 621 more words


The Art of Psychological Distance

I am always in trouble.  I am apparently surrounded by warm, fuzzy, huggy, emotive people.  Let me explain.  I am a strong believer that we should be ourselves.   1,047 more words


Knowledge, Discussion, Action, and the Capacity of Society for Change.

I had a weird thought about our society the other day. Constantly I see people online arguing about various topics and the discussion always comes to a moment of action or a greater truth. 383 more words


Night Owl

Here’s one of the first times I ever hinted at “The Poet”.

The chirping has

long since silenced.

My eyes


the landscape,


Searching and waiting. 85 more words