Apologies and new realities.

I begin this post with an apology. I dismissed the lived experience of someone because sticking with my default opinions was easier (and ironically I had ended that post by claiming that I wouldn’t be doing the wrong thing just because it is easier…sigh). So I apologise to Virtual Brush Box for brushing off your…

Today.

Wonderful cartoon, discovered via Mano Singham on Freethoughts Blogs.

On the right side

A few days ago I was thinking about a particularly miserable old sod I happen to unfortunately know. I most often picture him sitting, always in the same spot, wading through the worst of the ‘news’ he can find and quietly enjoying every minute of it. Seeing things wrong in the world reinforces every negative…

It’s not the same

Today I am linking to a short piece written by someone else. A lot of you may already know Dave Pell as the author of Nextdraft, a daily newsletter and source of amusing, thoughtful and sometimes dreadful links. Dave has written an article on Medium, very personal and very pointed, and has asked for it…

Books and how much I love them

My book reading diet has been a little different recently. In an effort to increase my minimalism and frugality I have taken to rereading a series that I have owned for quite some time, but that I will now donate. I have also read some of the ones that have been sitting on my Tsundoku…

A rant about a film

I’m Back… First disclosure – I LOVE the first two Terminator films and I really wanted to enjoy the following three, but they were bad. In fact, as a message to everyone who has ever made a Terminator film – STOP NOW. You are just about ahead at this point….STOP NOW. Yes, that bit of…

Hope

I love graffiti, it’s the most public form of art you can get. It is a way to judge the state of the world and when it is done well it can be just as moving as the greatest portrait in some gallery or museum. As I have previously declared – I love Birmingham. This…

Spooky simplicity

This weekend I painted a pumpkin, which apparently is a thing people do now. I didn’t know this was a thing until I did it, but I am happy about it. We travelled a far ol’ way to get to our pumpkin painting class and foolishly we chose the scenic route on the way there….

The last three things

I’m starting this post with a pretty smug attitude, my minimalist attempts seem to be working. The last four things posts (here and here) were quite a while ago but I really had to search to find anything (other than groceries or books) that I had bought in the meantime…Go Frugal Team Me! This first…

Is life too short…really?

Yesterday I met someone for the first time. Afterwards I sent a follow up email with a joke in it. I didn’t really think about it before I sent it, it was an appropriate joke, suitable for the subject matter and I am at the age and stage of my career where, should someone wish…