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It is time for overwintering

With the turning back of the clocks this week, my mind has turned to the concept of overwintering. Flocks of pink-footed geese and droves of diving ducks are arriving from colder places to the West. Gardeners are moving their agapanthus and cordyline plants into greenhouses. The beachside funfairs are pulling up their end-of-season tarpaulins and the local golf clubs are dusting off their tee box…

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Is art too expensive to learn?

An alarming fact dropped into my email in box today. The cost of a Master of Fine Arts degree at Columbia University is now $74,250. That’s just for a one year course. Which prompted me to ponder me: Is art now too expensive for most people to learn? It’s not quite so much in the UK – an MA in Fine Art at Central St Martins costs…

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Will you know when you reach enough?

Jim Carrey recently announced his retirement from acting. At the same time he released a short film about his  love of painting called I Needed Colour  in which he speaks about the importance of art in his life.  (See the firm embedded below.) In an interview about his decision to step back from the film world he said: “I really like my quiet life, and I really…

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How to cope with the feeling of languishing

Languishing is the topic of the moment. Psychologist Adam Grant wrote an article about it for the New York Times back in May 2021 and since then his ideas have gone viral with any number of publications recycling his comments. It hit a nerve because the term ‘languishing’ explains perfectly the ‘meh’ feeling that so many people around the world have as the pandemic lingers….

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How to square the circle of ‘wellbeing fatigue’.

Last week Lucy Reed wrote a , eloquent and thought-provoking blog entitled Wellbeing Fatigue. The rant (her word) should be read in full here , but the nub of it was that she was sick of wellbeing tips. She stated ‘the problems that were frying our resilience and longevity are structural not internal to us as individuals – take away the ‘look how busy I am b***s**t’ and there is…

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How easy should excellent work be? (Clue: Easier than you think.)

Mr Carson* was my second-year chemistry teacher. My sister remembers him for his dandruff ridden comb-over and predilection for taking the eighteen year old male sixth formers to the Abbey pub at lunchtimes. I remember him as the man who unfairly ruined my Effort Card. Every term we were sent home from school with a two-columned card on which every teacher had given us two…

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