Fighting for my Curiosity

I am a curious person by nature. I like to find things out, interact with other people who are similarly curious, learn new things.  Raising children has a lot in common with Groundhog Day, with incremental tweaks along the way so as to end up 18 years later with grown adults.  Change comes slow, and … Continue reading Fighting for my Curiosity

Resistance and Values

It's my piano less on today....and I'm terrified.  I haven't practiced as much as I intended to.  This is the exact same feeling I had every week almost 30 years ago when I was about to face a disgruntled piano teacher.  All my life I've been obsessed with being able to play the piano fluently..... … Continue reading Resistance and Values

My Local (Independent) Bookshop

In my village, there is the most fantastic bookshop. It's small and personal and carefully curated.  I want to buy at least half the books they sell.  It's a problem which I've solved by limiting myself to one book a week - so far I've never stuck to that rule! I gain a certain joy … Continue reading My Local (Independent) Bookshop

The Importance of the Right Teacher

All my life I've been a (bad) tennis player, a (bad) pianist and a (bad) spiritual seeker.  I was always convinced that I could do better, but evidence seemed to prove otherwise.  However my desire to be better at these things persisted, and for 30 years I've made various (failed) attempts to resurrect my skills.  … Continue reading The Importance of the Right Teacher