“No matter what kind of problem you are dealing with, one needs to make an effort to change things – the problem will not fix itself. A person needs to have a strong determination to change the problem. This determination comes from your conviction that the problem is serious, and it has serious consequences. And the way to generate this conviction is by learning about the problem, investigating, and using your common sense and reasoning.”

Dalai Lama


The truth about family.


Fascination is defined as “the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)”. It’s safe to say that I am fascinated by death. I hate it. I fear it. Yet I think about it. A lot. And I hate that, too.

That I am writing this article at all is significant, and entirely at the prompting of my lovely wife. I am told it is time for me to face the monster, stare it down and confront the fascination.

I begin, therefore, with death. I trust it won’t cast a terrible shadow over your day.

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I Love You

“I kept [your dreams] with me babe.

I put them with my own.

Can’t make it on my own.

I built my dreams around you.”

The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl

To my wife.


“Solidarity is the integration, and degree and type of integration, shown by a society or group with people and their neighbours. It refers to the ties in a society – social relations – that bind people to one another.”