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An apple a day

This article isn’t about apples but it might get a bit fruity. For many years I was very cruel to my body and will suffer the consequences of that for the rest of my life. Not all of those consequences were negative, though. One of the positives was that I had to start caring about […]

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Hard decisions

When someone is letting you down they’ll often say something like, “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made.” It sounds nice. And it’s nice that they bother to say it. But it doesn’t do much to soften the blow and does nothing to change the fact they’re rejecting you. What they’re really saying is, […]

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Who really cares?

Part of being human is worrying about what other people think. We’re all born like that, and there’s a special word we use for someone who doesn’t care about what people think. It’s not the same as not caring how you make other people feel: that’s a sociopath. And not caring about other people at […]

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A life in pulp fiction

When I was but knee-high to a grasshopper, Dad would often pop his head into whatever bubble I was in at the time and spin a battered and yellowing paperback onto my lap. “Here, read that. You’ll like it,” he would say. Then he’d wander off to build a homeless shelter or a school or […]

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Friday nights in quarantine

Most Fridays for most of my life were happy days. Drunk days. The days I was released from the yoke to drink and revel and rut.  Good times. But since lockdown started and Friday nights turned into a night like any other, something weird happened. I noticed that — left to my own devices — […]

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Third eye blind

In a couple of hours a nice young doctor is going blind me. She’ll be very polite about it but there will be a good few minutes — as she scrapes the skin off my eyeball — when my future is entirely in her hands. Then she’ll zap my eyes with a laser and I’ll […]

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How to see the stars

Humans are great and all but we’re total cowards when it comes to nature. It’s a miracle that we survived long enough to escape it at all. We trap the sun in a glass to ward away wolves, wrap ourselves in comforting cloth to forget the cold of the wild, and bang our drums all […]

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Stop for a second

No matter how busy we think we are, there’s always time for this little lifehack. It’s super easy too. Just stop and look around at where you are and all the incredible things you can see right now. That shouldn’t be too hard unless you’re driving. Traffic lights and trees are equally marvellous subjects of wonderment; […]

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Get up

Our world can descend into chaos pretty quickly if we’re not careful. When we make a mistake or get something wrong or get betrayed, we trip and fall. We ‘fail.’ But the world has tarnished the word ‘failure’ and made it seem like something to avoid. Having failed many times before, I can confirm that […]

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Give yourself a ‘D’

Elizabeth Gilbert — author of “Eat, Pray, Love” — has a great story about creativity. She talks about how dozens of people asked if she was worried she would never write something as big as EPL again. And then she starts thinking, “What if they’re right?“ Those doubts lead to her throwing the next book […]