A Punny Ode to Jason. *Groaner-warning.*

If you are averse to puns, I warn you: TURN BACK NOW! Still reading? All right then. So, who's Jason? Only one of the niftiest, most intelligent and decent people I know. Jason and I enjoyed philosophy homework parties at my house every Friday night for nearly seven years. And notwithstanding that our homework days…

Scapegoat.

A SCAPEGOAT is (usually) a person or group of people unjustly blamed for some set of circumstances arising from the actions of others. Scapegoats bear the brunt of crowd hostility and, once identified by an angry mob, find themselves in no-win, dangerous -- even lethal -- situations. Scapegoating is as old as humankind. In The Annals,…

Just a thought. 9.

Lurking somewhere in the back of our adult brains is every mother’s admonition If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? Don’t blindly follow your friends. Sometimes this warning is made explicit. When I went to university in my 40s, my seventy-five-year-old Dad worried that I would cease to think for myself. And so he gave…

Narrowboat in the Spring

I took these photos whilst pointing my lens out the window of a narrowboat on an English canal, first one way and then the other. (You can see the change in direction of the wake.) We’d travelled a short distance between shots, but even so the difference in colour from one direction to the other…

A little advice about social media.

  Why the advice? To encourage you to 1) Protect your health and well-being (physical/mental/emotional/social); 2) Protect your reputation; 3) Protect your intellectual integrity. ADOPT THE COUNT-TO-10 RULE. If something someone says on the internet pushes your buttons, do not immediately reply. Instead. Count to ten. And think. If you are still worked up, log out…

Just a thought. 1.

The common name for diplomacy is the Golden Rule, and we learn by experience that its employment is one way to avoid a bar fight. Self-defence is what we tend to use after we’ve already lost a couple of teeth.                              …