Your world might be shaped more than you know by the kaleidoscope of your thoughts, the music in your heart. A short post in celebration of James Allen’s book As a Man Thinketh.
A short love letter to the divine colour, beauty and joy that music can bring. Plus five records that mean the world to me right now. The divine voice of music Putting our trust in music can only serve to colour and to enrich our lives. This is as true for the musician as it […]
The 2020s start here and now. Never satisfied, we must always move forward.
My pick of the podcasts that have meant the most to me in 2019, featuring: Scott Adams; Naval Ravikant; Richard Herring; Samira Ahmed; Brian Koppelman; Joe Rogan; Michael Rapaport; Rich Roll; Jocko Willink; Kate Carrau; and Adam Buxton.
I am honoured to host a guest post from Emma Dixon – human rights barrister, end of life doula in training, and a wonderful human being. Emma has written some wonderful words about her experiences in 2019 and the lessons that she has taken from them.
No action performed with positive intention is pointless. If you feel that something is worth doing, then do it. An action is worth performing if it benefits just one person.
Just occasionally, the universe speaks to you. Not every day. But occasionally, you have the chance to change everything.
The #FiveQuidFoodBank campaign encourages people to donate £5 to their local food bank, or directly to the Trussell Trust. Russ Jones – who originated #FiveQuidFoodBank in 2017 – explains how #FiveQuidFoodBank came to be, and why it’s just as necessary today.
My third pick of the podcasts that have meant the most to me in 2019 (so far!), featuring: Laurie Ruettimann; Rich Roll; Jeff Gordinier; Richard Herring; Tony Slattery; Joey Diaz; Andrew Schulz; RuPaul; Michelle Visage; Nile Rodgers; Leonard Maltin; Jessie Maltin; and Fred Willard.
How does pedantry make you feel? Are you a current, reformed or relapsed pedant? Is there a pedant in your life?
What was the last thing that moved you to tears? What gives you the strength to carry on? Inspired by Idles, this post celebrates the sustaining power of love, friendship and heartfelt honesty.
Our “post-truth, post-shame” world needs the comedian’s ruthless clarity and respect for the audience. This post is inspired by wise words from Nitin Sawhney, Whitney Cummings, Matt Stoller and Sean Jones QC.
Change never stops. Change is a challenge. Change always gives you a choice. This is as true as ever in today’s “post-shame, post-truth” world.
An interview with Kirsten Shiel – a phenomenal Dublin-based artist, art director and illustrator.
When was the moment your life changed? If you open your senses to them, moments of synchronicity can usher in profound change, or simply render the present moment magical.
My second pick of the podcasts that have meant the most to me in 2019 (so far!), featuring: Joe Rogan and Naval Ravikant; Samira Ahmed and Katherine Ryan; Adam Buxton and Marlon James; Rich Roll and Kevin Smith; and Cariad Lloyd and Sali Hughes.
An interview with Éilis McDonough – a fantastic artist operating out of lovely Portland, Oregon.
I am delighted to host an interview with Olivia Kemp – an artist who creates mesmerising, intricate worlds in pen and ink.
Things fall apart. The next generation is organising itself to put them back together again, for the good of one another and for the good of all.
I am honoured to share here my foreword to Bryan Wempen’s excellent new book Sober Is Better: My Note to Self.
I am delighted to announce the launch of my debut Skeleton postcard collection: A set of three pictures of Mr Skeleton living his best #SkeleLife, available to buy right now!
An interview with Bryan Wempen, whose new book Sober Is Better: My Note to Self talks movingly – and with great warmth and humour – of his life, his experiences of addiction, and his journey of recovery and discovery.
Nicola Budd is the excellent artist behind Howell Illustration, which “is all about pen and ink art, inspired by nature and slow, simple, sustainable living.” I am honoured to host this interview with Nicola about her art and her commitment to sustainability.
My pick of the podcasts that have meant the most to me in 2019 (so far!), featuring: Scott Adams and Naval Ravikant, Tim Ferriss, Richard Herring, Sam Harris, and Brian Koppelman (plus honourable mentions for Michael Rapaport and Leonard Maltin!).
What are the best Yoga With Adriene videos? In this post, I celebrate Adriene Mishler’s Yoga With Adriene, look at how yoga can help everyone, and share my top five Yoga With Adriene videos.
Abundance and addiction. Choice and recovery. Learning and belonging. This post is inspired by wise words from Naval Ravikant’s conversation with Scott Adams, and from my friends Bryan Wempen and Heather Bussing.
Our times are fractured, how we see the world is fractured. If we could piece it all back together, what would we see?
I am honoured to share this lovely guest post from Jane Furniss on what Twitter means to her.
What seven books mean the most to you? This is my selection of seven books that mean the world to me right now – a mix of current raves and lifelong faves. At the start of this year, my friend Steve Tovey tagged me in a social media challenge to share covers of seven books that […]
It is my honour to share this excellent guest post from Helen Reynolds (aka @HelReynolds on Twitter), marking the occasion of her tenth Twitterversary by looking at ten ways Twitter has changed her in ten years.
A toast to Twitter! To mark the occasion of my 10th Twitterversary on Thursday 17 January 2019, here are five things I love about Twitter.
Where does creativity spring from? Brian Koppelman’s fascinating podcast conversation with Geddy Lee of Rush offers some possible answers to this impossible question.
My pick of the five podcasts that have meant the most to me in 2018, featuring: Adam Buxton; RuPaul and Michelle Visage; Michael Rapaport; Cariad Lloyd’s Griefcast; and Tim Ferriss.
As 2018 draws to a close, here are the top five posts from MJCarty.com in its first (less than) half-year of existence.
Some words on Griefcast live, in which Cariad Lloyd, Katherine Ryan and Emma Freud met at BFI London for an upbeat and cathartic podcast chat on death, mortality and the grieving process.
Will Carruthers – author (Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands), musician (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized) and gent extraordinaire – takes us through his life in music, and shares his 10 favourite albums.
Welcome to MJCarty.com! This here website is the new home for my blogulent musings. I’ll be publishing all my new blog posts here henceforth. It also works as the new home for all my previous blog posts.
Take time to give thanks and admiration to everyone that must work over the festive period. Inspired by Adam Kay’s fabulous festive rollercoaster of a book Twas the Nightshift before Christmas.
As the Christmas frenzy begins, here are some ways to help others while celebrating the festive season: #FiveQuidFoodBank Secret Santa; #ReverseAdvent calendar; and Ocado food bank donation matching.
With campaigning in full force for the UK’s 2019 general election (#GE2019), it is interesting to take a quick glance back to the 1979 general election (#GE1979), which swept Margaret Thatcher to power.