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The benefits - why are you drawn to certain books? Why you can't just re-read my own books - the words seem to change and the benefits of using a poetry style in places.
People whose names I use in the podcast and I mangle some of them (sorry): Paulo Coelho, Fannie Flagg, Anna Gavalda (Hunting and Gathering), Toni Morrison (Beloved), Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Madeleine L'Engle (Wrinkle in Time), Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal)


Change always needs a gradient - create yours

You can’t have flow without a difference

Remind yourself what is different

For COVID coaster story -


Not my title - the phrase I've been getting sent to my inbox for a year.
I'm a bit battered this week - writing books takes as much as working with people personally. and what does it take to get a result? Why is it easier to just write a prescription for pills and why do we have so many medicated teens?


The failing of Irish people in being so conditional with other cultures. Why I have not simply muted some of the people who have so upset me on social media in recent weeks.


Valentine and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, in either 269 or 270.

“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Kahlil Gibran
The Prophet (extract)
Our children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you, they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite.
And He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hands be for happiness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
So He loves the bow that is stable.

Why we have St Valentine's head in Dublin and the history of two possible Valentines



The history (for people like me who had to go learn it)
What I love ... the purpose through this story (*And I've not used the hashtag)



So almost a year later - what do I hope for now? That privileged countries will understand the implications of their actions.


How to deal with noise while trapped at home for COVID.
It's about resetting the space, body and mind.
*because I'm recording this at nearly 11pm to escape next doors dog barking - I mix up playlists and podcasts (you know what I mean)


What is COVID fatigue? Why are people pleasers suffering more? What do we need to change at this stage?


What have I learnt in 12 years? What are the shifts for me? From school to home to humanity.


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