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To do or not to do

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone — Blaise Pascal

Dear friends and readers,

I am not sure of the wisdom of the choice I seem to have made (to do) but have found I am incapable of not doing.

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The grief felt guilty.

Clawing it’s way up, dragging lung and trachea with it, it seemed confused. Why now, why this loss, why not some other more easily explained? 190 more words


Another poem by Clive James: Japanese Maple, & Memories

A Japanese Maple Tree (taken from a UK site)

Dear friends and readers,

This week I spotted yet a third moving poem by Clive James about these last years of his: he is apparently dying and living with his daughter… 528 more words


Day Three - We are in Paris

We have arrived!  Our hotel is lovely, quaint with a little table filled garden, where we waited while our room was made ready.  I also took a walk around the neighbourhood during that time.   202 more words


Review: Love's Work by Gillian Rose

A few weeks ago, I was recommended this short memoir by a customer in the bar I work in. Obnoxiously, like the worst kind of bartender stereotype, I was discussing the novel I’m working on (I was asked, I promise, I don’t just launch into that kind of thing), talking about its themes of spirituality and physicality, and was told to read… 481 more words

Book Review

Day One - To Toronto We Go

The first day of our trip has been a mixed bag. It started strangely with a taxi driver who only had one arm, so could not help with the luggage and did not know the way to the airport. 404 more words


Jenny Diski diagnosed

Dear friends and readers,

I regret to report that the cancer epidemic has reached Jenny Diski. In a determinedly comic column Diski announced she had been diagnosed as having a form of inoperable cancer which features cancer traveling into your lypmph nodes and (“very bad” she writes) into the esophagus. 441 more words