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Oops! I did it again….

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”   Winston Churchill Age offers us the possibility to look back over our lives and discern its repeating patterns; a long time must pass for these to emerge, usually decades. In facing the distress and insight that detecting and accepting such insights entail, we become wiser. We can consider: why do my friendships always start and/or end in the same way? Why am I only attracted to a man/woman …

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Bolder than Mandingo

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. (Goethe)     What’s the difference between a change and a turning point?  This question emerged in a class on the Faber Edit Your Novel course a couple of weeks ago, when Louise Doughty came to talk to us about her novel Apple Tree Yard.  We concluded that there’s no going back from a turning point, unlike a change which can be reversed. …

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What can our dreams tell us?

  “Dreaming is so basic to human existence, it’s astonishing we don’t understand it better. It consumes years of our lives, and no other single activity exerts such a powerful pull on our imaginations. Yet central as dreaming is, we still have no idea why we dream.” Jay Dixit in Psychology Today Dreams and dreaming remain mysterious despite many attempts to explain their purpose, and the role our dreams play in our waking lives.  Our daydreams guide our actions in …

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