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No. 149. Why did we stop playing?

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. Then, when my children were growing, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to provide the kind of fun that I’d like them to have. There hadn’t been a lot of fun in my childhood so I had few reference experiences or parental models to draw on. As time went by I learnt something that quite surprised me, and brought me much relief; there was only one thing I needed to do for my children to have fun and that was to let them. I didn’t have to make silly

No 148. Our fickle relationship with truth

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 isn't true. The other is to refuse to believe what is true.' Soren Kierkegaard. Many people are amazed that the various revelations about Trump, both before and after his election, have not deterred large numbers of Trump supporters. How on earth can they continue to support him, we want to know. But it is less amazing when you learn that a survey in December 17 found that 63% of Trump supporters agree with him that the press is 'the enemy of the