I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose. I have a dog which growls all morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat which comes home late at night. (Marie Corelli) Continue reading A really nasty woman, that Corelli
That got your attention, didn’t it? Gert’s eyes nearly popped out of her head when she read it in the news this week. Not to mention these even more extraordinary breaches of protocol: Continue reading Meghan Markle closes car door
They might be full of pensioners and tea-cosy knitting marmalade makers, but … the average bowls club is a pit of vipers. Bullying. Backbiting. White-anting. Fallings-out are uncommonly common. There are personality clashes, etiquette breaches, temper tantrums. Continue reading Bunfight at the bowlo
I haven’t been able to get hold of Barbara Held’s “self-help book for curmudgeons” Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching, but I enjoyed Svend Brinkman’s description of it in his own anti self-help book Stand Firm – Resisting The Self-Improvement Craze. This is from a chapter that starts, “It’s much more fun to be a sourpuss than a happy-clappy type”:
Gert recently learned of the Darwin Awards, given to people ‘who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it’. Continue reading Darwin Awards
Irvin Yalom, one of the pioneers of Existential Therapy is in his eighties now but his zest for writing about his life and his encounters with patients continues unabated. In 2015 he wrote Creatures of a Day his title taken from the writings of Marcus Aurelius, ‘All of us are creatures of a day: the rememberer and the remembered alike. All is ephemeral-both memory and the object of memory.’. This book offers ten case studies of clients who came to him with particular problems, but ultimately Yalom sees their presenting fears and anxieties as an unavoidable part of the human condition. It is by accepting four hard truths about the nature of human life his patients come to terms with their pain. Continue reading Irvin Yalom: Love’s Executioner
With weddings in the news (and who among you didn’t watch the recent Royal Wedding?) we have some suggestions of what not to do when planning one of your own. There are perils to be avoided far worse than gospel preachers.
Women are attracted to appalling men, because appalling men appear masked at the ball. They arrive with mandolins and fancy-dress costumes.
Yasmina Reza Happy are the happy (Harvill Seckert, 2013) p. 171
The prime fact is that all humans are puffed-up by their extreme self-satisfaction with their own brute power. Unless some creature more powerful than people arrives on earth to bully, them, there’s just no knowing to what dire lengths their fool presumptuousness will eventually carry them.
I am a cat Soseki Natsume, Book 1 p 33. (Charles E. Tuttle Co 1972)