June 22, 2018

The other day I bought a lawn-mower. It was an emergency purchase as the gardeners that usually look after the communal garden where I live had not turned up for three weeks.  As any of you who garden will know, three weeks is a long time in a garden...

April 12, 2018

I recently returned from my usual Spring retreat in Wales. The subject was everyday narcissism; not the pathological narcissism that is scarily prevalent in the world these days, but the narcissism that expresses itself in the need that we all have t...

March 15, 2018

I remember when I first became a mother that a strong sense swept over me that I now needed to grow up. I must put away childish things and become a serious, responsible adult. Whether I did or not I can’t remember, I think I probably did for a while...

March 1, 2018

Most of us subscribe to the idea that the truth is a good thing, and yet most of us have a range of methods for denying the truth if it doesn't fit in with what we already believe to be true. 

'There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what i...

January 10, 2018

The last couple of years have been full of shocks and surprises, politically, not just in the uk but all over the western world. The pattern appears to be polarisation, people migrating to either the populist far right, or to the socialist far left....

December 2, 2017

'We must reserve a little back-shop, all our own, entirely free, wherein to establish our true liberty.' 

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July 15, 2017

Yesterday afternoon I sent a text to my cousin in Canada. 'It's amazing,' said my daughter who was sitting next to me, 'how we can do this'. As someone who remembers when the concept of mobile phones was first mooted, it amazes me even more! But only...

July 7, 2017

According to Glen Schiraldi, author of 'The Self Esteem Workbook', the first prerequisite of self esteem is knowing that we have unconditional worth; that our worth does not depend on who we are or what we do, that we have innate worth which has noth...

June 30, 2017

Bad memories can be extraordinarily burdensome, and in more ways than you might think. If you think some of your memories might benefit from a press of the refresh button, read on! 

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June 16, 2017

How happy and relaxed we feel in our lives has a lot to do with trust. This week's tip explores how much we trust the people and things in our lives, and how that affects us. 

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