Waiting Is

“Waiting Is”—a phrase immortalized in Robert Heinlein’s celebrated sci-fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land. For most of us waiting is not easy, often a bore. Waiting for a bus or train, we look for something to do to pass the time. Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, we idle away the minutes thumbing through […]

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The Food Crisis

We have heard plenty about the dangers of peak oil, global warming, banking meltdowns, and global pandemics, but the most critical crisis of all, that of food, looms largely unnoticed. When we have thought about a food crisis it has usually been in terms of there not being enough food. But in recent times a […]

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Loving Your True Self

Love your self. It’s a common refrain. One way to interpret this is loving who you are—accepting yourself just as you are, warts and all; having compassion for your shortfalls, while rejoicing in your gifts. Loving ourselves in this way relieves us of much self-judgment and self-criticism. We can also love ourselves at a deeper […]

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Pigeon Play

It is a windy day. Across the street is a seven-storey office block with a flat roof. Two pigeons fly across the rooftop and over the edge. The gusting wind catches the pair, throwing them around in the air, tumbling them down towards the ground. Nearing the ground, they fly out of the wind. Then […]

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Rat Smarts

Psychologists run laboratory rats through mazes and to test their learning abilities. But this example in the wild beats any laboratory experiment. Rats had nested in a rockery outside my kitchen door. Wanting to move them away to a more comfortable location in the forest, I set up one of those humane rat traps with […]

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