Monthly Archives: June 2008

Velcro Bridges

When I finish mowing the lawn down by the pond I invariably come back inside covered with burrs. These are nature’s clever seed carriers, and the way many plants hitch a ride with passing animals (like me) to new fertile … Continue reading

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Saturday Links of the Week: June 28, 2008

Say yes, Be generous, Speak up, Love more, Slow down, and Trust yourself.: These are the six lessons in Patti Digh’s new book, Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally, taught through some … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: A Game of Cards

Two years ago, suffering from the onset of severe ulcerative colitis, and suffering even more from the steroids prescribed to treat it, I began writing a mystery novel. I wrote four chapters and then, having at last recovered, abandoned the … Continue reading

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The (Nearly) Impossible Challenge of Creating a Sustainable Economy (Part Two)

Yesterday I explained what JÈrÙme Guillet in the European Tribune calls The Anglo Disease, and how it has produced a completely dysfunctional economy in many affluent nations (and co-dependence with struggling nations). I used the example illustrated above of a … Continue reading

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The (Nearly) Impossible Challenge of Creating a Sustainable Economy (Part One)

(Chart from http://www.eurotrib.com/files/3/050619_financial_profits.gif ) Over the past year, JÈrÙme Guillet of the European Tribune has written an extensive series of articles about what he calls The Anglo Disease: Describing the interest rates set by the bond market as the “cornerstone” … Continue reading

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these things flow through us

these things flow through us: sunlight, bringing warmth, and that aching golden moment at the end of day;air, sweet breath, in, hold, out, hold, let go, let come;water, what we’re made of, and where we came from, ebb and flow;nutrients, … Continue reading

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Saturday Links of the Week — June 21, 2008

Do-it-yourself personal photo mosaic made from answering 12 questions, courtesy of MosaicMaker, with questions from Beth T. Royal Bank of Scotland Predicts 30% Drop in Stocks By September: A drop of this size, coupled with a spike in interest rates … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: Art as Story

Above, artwork from Kate Bush CD A Sky of Honey, via Andrew Campbell and below, Andrew’s own representation of Now Time In January of last year, I wrote an article about how artists tell stories, sometimes about things that words cannot … Continue reading

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The Space Through Which Stuff Passes

I continue to draw great inspiration from Stewart & Cohen’s book Figments of Reality, a book that has clearly also influenced my favourite philosopher John Gray. In the book they state: Living species, including humans, are emergent properties of (what … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of E-mail

Last year I wrote an article on when not to use e-mail. In a nutshell, you shouldn’t use e-mail: To communicate bad news, complaints or criticism: Deliver it face to face or at least by phone. Not voice-mail either. When … Continue reading

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