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A Year’s Reflection

December, we know, is a busy month as we find ourselves perhaps prematurely propelled into Christmas and the New Year. For me, December is also a reminder to reflect upon the year’s work – life in general and especially at this Centre. I use the word ‘work’ when perhaps, for the latter our engagement with…

Absence in the cause of freedom

In one of my books on a topic close to my heart (Help Yourself & Your Child to Happiness) I have quoted the respected literary poet, T.S. Eliot: “Teach us to care and not to care, teach us to sit still”. I really admire those words – conceived in the early 20thC with insight and…

Mental health and social anxiety

Should mental health begin by understanding social anxiety? Driving today I heard an excellent radio interview with singer Jane Hendry on the topic of her release of ‘Mirror’. The song, inspired by a poem of the same title by Sylvia Plath, is described as an expression of the “hunger for self affirmation through the saccharine…