Viewing entries posted in August 2011
Goethe said, amongst many other clever things during his
lifetime that we are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Like all other statements which reinforce the idea that we
are captains of our own destiny, there is an onerous, if not
a frightening, edge...
This month I leave a job I love.
Since 2008 I have been the managing editor of Wired
magazine, a job I fell into almost by accident. I had
clocked up 20 years as a freelance journalist and decided to
take a sabbatical year...
Have you caught on to the Ruskin revival yet? All of a
sudden, it seems that the Victorian artist, critic and
revolutionary thinker has become interesting again.
Emma Thompson is making a film about Ruskin's five-year
marriage to Effie Gray, who ran off with...
Week 3 of The Artist's Way, is all about emotions. The
chapter starts with Anger. It continues with further
discussion about Synchronicity. I found the passage about
Anger extremely synchronous, given that prior to reading it,
I had just had a blow-out argument, centered...
What could be more ordinary than a stretch of public
pavement? When did you last stand and watch a stretch of
public pavement or a street corner?
If you take the time you will see that the street can be a
stage for the...
How would you react to the following scenarios?
You call your date/partner and after the first ring, you're
transferred to voice mail.*
Do you barely notice or do you assume s/he is purposely
*You're sitting in an experiment room and suddenly you
So here I am, at the end of Week Two of my 12 week
programme, as outlined in The Artist's Way. Despite
misgivings about its spiritual undertones, I am determined
to get to the end, would love something enlightening to
happen as a result,...
The last couple of nights, we've sat in the house watching
the blogs, exchanging texts as our part of London operates a
virtual curfew. The looting and arson is rightly condemned.
I'm glad about that. But the moment is arriving to try to
I'm typing this quickly, to get it out before I hear that
any more rioting has started, and before setting out to run
a class this evening at The School of Life for any intrepid
learners not scared to venture out too.
Last week, a friend told me that she'd started working her
way through a book called 'The Artist's Way' by Julia
Cameron. She suggested I might want to take a look at it
as well, talking as we were, about the stressful subject...
Imagine a child tugging at your arm and asking what is
resilience and how do you get it? Our reply expresses our
'story of resilience', our inner understanding of what
resilience is and what it is based on. Because that story
powerfully shapes our...