The least you can do can be the most you can do. Here I draw on the example of my beautiful guinea pig friend Praline, and on wise words from Scott Adams, Rick Rubin and Helen Reynolds.
Our values should be a constant through life’s journey. Pinned permanently to the top of the Twitter timeline of my friend David D’Souza are some wise words from US comedian Jon Stewart on values: “If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested, they aren’t values: they are hobbies” "If you don't […]
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.
All too often, all we have to think about is fear itself. Be absolutely honest with yourself. Think back through all the thoughts you have had since you awoke this morning. How many of them – to a greater or lesser extent – have some kind of fear at their root? When you boil it […]
Beware the #SaturdaySix of March! This is my latest monthly round-up of six things that are inspiring me right now. And I’d love to know – what are you finding inspirational, right this minute? 1: Sketchulence Introducing #Sketchulence, a home for sketches, scribblings, scrawlings, art, photography and musings, created or curated by – in a […]
Resolutions don’t work for me. If a change needs to be made, why not make the change right away? But seeing as it’s a new year, why not move to make positive change starting now? I write in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2018, strong coffee to hand, hypnotic music unfurling. The world […]
If a tree falls in a forest and no-one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?* Is the true Zen wisdom of blogging to be found not in whether it speaks to an audience, but in the purity of writing itself? Moby has been there and done that. In a fascinating chinwag […]
What can you do that takes you to the heart of simplicity? We can all of us cut through it all, and achieve simplicity through focus. Bizarrely – to me at least – both Muhammad Ali and Garry Shandling found focus via boxing, of all things. “Boxing is all publicity,” said the dear-departed Muhammad Ali […]
A wise gentleman once said to me that all of life is a performance, but none of it really matters as long as we have love, laughter, health and happiness.* By this chalk, as long as there has been human life as we’d recognise it, there has been the need to perform. Inevitably, as long […]
Tune out, turn off, drop out. How tough do you find it to switch off from the myriad modes of communication, distraction, delight and infuriation that our magnificent modern world has to offer? Do you suffer from a terminal fear of missing out (FOMO)? Why do you think that might be? My ever-eloquent friend Heather […]