Category Archives: Happiness or not

A pride of bicycles, part 4: Why?

Bicycle spills by Rachael Bone It hasn’t been a great week for the bike. I’ve been reminded too many times of all the things that grate me about cycling, the things that shred my good mood into slivers of rage and wretchedness. … Continue reading

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A spy in the house of harsh light

Self-awareness is studded with blind spots. ‘I’, Helen Garner Untitled by Ana Teresa Fernandez No one told me that getting a body wrap meant getting naked in front of a stranger. There was a pair of very small paper knickers between … Continue reading

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A pride of bicycles (Part III)

Every day I see outbursts of rage on the road. A pedestrian bellowing at a cyclist for running a red light. A concrete mixer truck weaving in and out of lanes, leaving fist-waving cyclists in its wake. All the while, … Continue reading

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A pride of bicycles (Part II)

Some people find bicycles boring. Well, there’s not much I can do about that – other than find lots of nice bicycle pictures for you to look at. Fortunately there are a lot of bicycle pictures around. Like guitars and … Continue reading

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Sold! One soul to the man in the hat.

Somebody recommended a blog to me: “I like the tone of it.” So before long I found myself wandering around this blog called Tribal Writer  (tagline: “Because you’re a creative badass”). It talks about how to imprint your soul on the world … Continue reading

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This interview will change Oliver Burkeman’s life

via Personal Message Oliver Burkeman is the author of This Column Will Change Your Life, a weekly column in the Guardian about social psychology, self-help culture, productivity and the science of happiness. His widely praised book Help!: How to Become Slightly Happier … Continue reading

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Finished, it’s finished, nearly finished, it must be nearly finished

CLOV: The end is terrific! HAMM: I prefer the middle. (Pause.) Is is not time for my pain-killer? Endgame by Samuel Beckett This post is in memory of all unfinished works. If there is not already an International Celebration of … Continue reading

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That ain’t right

It was a work of colossal administration. First came a kind of slow-leak effect, giving me the immediate worry that Kingsley, when fully deflated, would sprawl out into the street on both sides of the island, where there were cars, … Continue reading

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Have a Nice Day

So I started writing my list. It was a list of rules. It was a List of Rules for Happiness. Yes, yes, have a big scoff! Here’s how far I got. Control my road rage. Think about what Frank O’Hara … Continue reading

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The squid and the whale

So WordPress tells me, “Blogs need a focus. What’s yours going to be? Let’s take a look at some common blog themes!” Then it hits you with the pet blogs, the food blogs, the gossip blogs. For me, this is … Continue reading

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