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”:
Continue reading Svend Brinkmann: Stand Firm – Resisting The Self-Improvement Craze
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.
Continue reading A wedding you’ll never forget
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)