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Child Sexual Abuse

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I’m glad that the stories of victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church are coming out. It’s so courageous and so important that the victims are able to speak in detail about what was done to them. It’s not easy and it’s heartbreaking to listen but it’s very important that we do. It’s the […]

Savages in Armani Suits — The jungle war

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I have just read the piece, ‘Neoliberal Fascism and the Echoes of History’ by Henry Giroux on Truthdig. This is a beautifully written piece. It basically confirms to me that neoliberalism, aka ‘predatory capitalism’, is no more, no less than limbic, mammal, survivalism on a global scale. Dress it up all you like, gloss it […]

Raspberries & humans

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I have just been outside picking raspberries and eating them straight from the bushes that grow in my wild garden. As I was stuffing my face with different size and shape raspberries I was thinking about how we are so good at growing plants for food and aesthetics but how poor we are when it […]

Israel’s official apartheid law

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I left Israel in November 1991 not because I was politically enlightened. (I started to leave properly, politically & psychologically, only 10 years later). I left because I found life in Israel oppressive. With the exception of my abusive parents, no one in particular was bad to me. I was Jewish, white, upwardly mobile and […]

“… How amazingly unlikely is your birth”… (Eric Idle. The Galaxy Song.)

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Reading about cosmology, quantum physics, consciousness and the brain, I realise that the probability of each one of us being born to be the person we are is infinitesimally small. It would have taken no more than a tiny little change in any of the steps that led to our individual creation for us not […]

The right of the oppressed to resist & rebel against their oppressors

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Welcome to Saturday morning in the north of Scotland, Last night we watched the mini-series ‘Rebellion’. It’s the story of the Irish 1916 Easter Rising. Back in 2016 my partner and I went to Dublin to participate in the celebrations of the Centenary of the Rising. It was incredibly moving to be a part of […]

Our fleeting inner experience

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Good morning (it’s Thursday morning here in the north of Scotland) I am a psychotherapist and every week I spend time with people who tell me a great deal about themselves. People don’t just share stories, facts, events. They share their mental activity. They tell me what goes on inside their heads, how they feel, […]

We can do better…

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Hi there, My favourite author, the late and great Ursula Le Guin (I sometimes still can’t believe she is no longer with us), discovered blogging in her 80s. She found blogging a strange thing to do and so do I. I often have ideas rattling in my head, conversations with the world and with no […]