Stubbornness and snobbery

Part One – Stubbornness As previously mentioned I am not a fan of resolutions, particularly New Year’s ones, but I do love a good challenge (I currently have 707 members of my paper crane army – I could invade a small, undefended island with that lot). The best sort are those you devise yourself, not…

It works…sort of

After the failed (but not 100% failed) experiment of my Xmas dinner the gauntlet was thrown down (too dramatic?) by Ennuiandwaffles in the comments. Pickled gherkins? No problem. I’m not sure if this completes the brief – have I really paired things that are great on their own to achieve new and surprising peaks of…

It doesn't work but I don't care

(I am starting with a disclaimer on this one…it is my 5th ‘non-thinky’ post in a row but I have not lost my frustration, fury or angst, I am merely turning my back on them for a while. It isn’t a Christmas thing, it’s a ‘I’m tired of those people doing those things’ thing). The…

A reason for bad poetry

‘Twas the morning of Christmas in the atheist’s house and nothing was stirring, not even a mouse. This was because she knew the real reason for the season is the axial tilt of the Earth and so did not feel the need to arise from her bed any earlier than usual. Also, she didn’t keep…

Presents!

Just a short post about presents, from a person who isn’t that fussed about Christmas… I treated myself to a gift box of paints, produced for charity, and now I have the delights of deciding what to do with them. The box is full of extraordinary colours from the place that brought us the Blackest…

101

This is my one hundredth and first post and I should probably say something about how happy I am to have made it this far and how I never thought I would, but I don’t think about the future like that. I am more of an ‘it is what it is’ and ‘what will be…

Palate cleanser

After all the politic angst (perfectly reasonable and deserved angst IMO) and deep and meaningful ponderings I was advised to post something lighter and more delicious…so here it is. I subscribe to a weekly email newsletter from Laura Olin. I am rarely interested in everything I receive via email newsletters, but they are worth it…

The correct response is shame

(I do not intend for this blog to become nothing but political rants…but right now that’s what I’ve got…sorry). When I was a kid, a very long time ago, one of the most exciting things that happened to me and my friends was the opening of a McDonalds in our small and boring town. Up…

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 and every other day

It is easy to be compassionate when life is good and things are going well, it is a lot harder when life is tough and the future looks less secure. During those times it is natural to want to circle the wagons and become more insular. But the trick to being a decent human being…