It was around the time I learned the word “irony” that getting spanked for defending myself by hitting other children did not seem right. In fact, many things didn’t. Playing games with other children like “Pin the tail on the donkey” was the perfect example. Not only was it nerve-wracking being blindfolded, spun around and […]
Dear Mum and Dad, I’m writing this letter to let you help me. I feel sad and very bad when you make angry faces at me and sometimes make me do things I hate doing. This is why I’m naughty sometimes and throw tantrums. You don’t let me do things I love, instead you make […]
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Artists, scientist, poets, novelists, actors and film directors have, over the centuries, declared there to be one essential ingredient to creative success: solitude. From Picasso to Kafka, and Tim Burton to John Cleese, solitude has been found to not only provide the impetus for unique and profound expressions of art, but has provided the creative […]
Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essential Emerson) There I stood, staring at my open umbrella on the kitchen floor wondering who in my family was going to die as a result. I was 10 years old and was standing there, listening […]
Christmas time. It’s noisy, frequently materialistic and irrevocably social. We plan for it, spend for it, live for it and dread it all at the same time, each year. Our societies Christmas ideal is to sit around a heavily bedazzled tree or heftily set dinner table with every member of our family and friendship circles. But the […]