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Why is letting go so hard?

Letting Go A really hard thing as a human and as a teacher, for me personally, is “letting go”. I am finding more and more that social media is absolutely horrible at helping me with this problem. A WatsApp group with my matric learners, for example, and when the year ends, they leave the group. It guts me. It really does. But, the time is done, the short interaction I had with them is over and, as a very different generation, they are not ones...

Dodge The Bullet

Determinism And Fate

LUCY CAVENDISH FICTION PRIZE 2019

'The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize was founded in 2010 by Professor Janet Todd OBE, then President of the College. Aspiring authors are invited to submit an opening to a novel (up to the first 50 pages), accompanied by a synopsis of how the novel progresses and concludes. Entrants must be female, aged 21 and over and resident in the UK. The shortlist will be announced on the College website on Wednesday 6 March 2019. The winner will be announced...

If I were chatting to God - a Lighthouse Parable idea - unedited

Well, in my efforts to post more blogs once more in 2019 ... I can cover a variety of topics... so why not post my morning musing writings... Here goes ... Lord? How do I get that joy, the joy of being with YOU to explode from me? IT ALREADY DOES MY ANGEL – IT ALREADY DOES – YOU COULDN’T FAKE TEETH PHOTO SMILE IF YOU TRIED ;) Heh heh, thanks Lord, wish I could come to terms with it all inside of me too… how does a lighthouse realise and know its...

It's too late I'm dead

You'll never guess who killed me. M y name is Merritt Monaco, your corpse, and a woman of morals and vice— human (once). Maybe I deserved my ending. Maybe they, the stars of this story, deserved theirs too. Celeste, my best friend, was supposed to wed Benji Winbury, a man of style, wealth and "dignity" just like his father... Tag. Unfortunately I died the night before— Question, if your best friend slash maid of honour died the night before your...

The Commune, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000264s/the-commune Nudity, whoopty whoo. This film was alright. It was kinda you get what you deserve. It began with a man and women, Erik and Anna moving into a big house in the 1970s, the end of the hippy era, with their adolescent daughter, Freja. It’s her idea to set up a commune in Copenhagen. He’s more pragmatic. The house is too expensive, his childhood home, but they can’t even afford to heat it,...

Merlin

A carved wooden statue of Merlin in Carmarthen town centre. He’s a mysterious Celtic shaman who constantly popped up in British culture and folklore between the 5th and 15th centuries. There were reports of him in various guises up and down the west coast from Cornwall to Wales to Cumbria to Scotland. Strongest evidence suggests he originated from Carmarthenshire in Wales in the 5th century, where he was probably driven insane by war. Today, we...

Ann Lamott (1994)  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

I loved this book and read it in one breathy go, thankful for the nourishment. If you’re a scribbler like me that tries to pour himself into himself, writes something down and always comes up with less than a quart-measure, and that’s on a good day, read on. I loved this book so much I’m going to start standing beside the Jehovah’s at the bridge in the Shopping Centre in Clydebank and handing it out to would-be-writers like me and asking them to...

Sunday Existential Vacuum – Right here – I’m getting life wrong – you?

So, is it only because I have been in contact with the literature on “Existential Vacuums” that I am going through this? If I had no idea what this “Existential Vacuum” was, would I still have experienced it/be experiencing it? The kuck thing about being a human with one life and one perspective, is that I will actually never have any definite answer to my question, because I can’t live two lives at once, and I can’t see two perspectives when I...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 ABC writers have approached the New Year with vigour, and there has been some truly exceptional writing on the site this week. After much thought, Story of the Week goes to 'Risky Business' by Tipp Hex. There's wonderful description, of people, events and scenery, and it poses thoughtful questions which really engage the reader: https://www.abctales.com/story/tipp-hex/risky-business Poem of the Week goes...

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