Wild Words

I have another song to share.

I can now confirm that it is immensely good fun to sing hanging upside down from a tree.  It is always nice when dreams come true.

This was done for the Wild Network addressing the issue of nature words being dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary,

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Patriotic patriarchies

England might get together and look down on France in the 6 Nations rugby.  But Northerners in England rarely associate with lightweight southerners.  But up north, Yorkshire and Lancashire have a long history of rivalry.  West of the Pennines, Manchester might have a low opinion of Liverpool, but that’s nothing compared to what bubbles up when Man Utd and Man City meet. 

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Reflections from the wheelie bin

A lot of ecology-related words have become highly politically charged – sustainability, environment, climate change etc – to the point where they seem to have lost all power to engage.  To restore the words’ meaning and help me understand again, I often find it useful to visit the woods, especially ancient woodland.

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Giving up Just Giving

I think I might have just accepted my last call from charities I used to support.

Back when I was earning enough money to pay tax, I also gave quite a lot to charity (not “a lot” in comparison to what I was spending on myself, but enough to make me feel like it was a lot). 

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The Myth of Endless Growth

211213 p22

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Born into a life of crime

Beyond the narrow definitions of the legal system, what makes a criminal, in reality?  And might many good criminals have no choice from the start?

There is a reasonably widely-held concern that Western civilisation is based on well-meaning people blindly inflicting increasing amounts of death on vital, precious living systems. 

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What happiness really might be

Good health, time with family, the love of a good woman, or man, or golden retriever.  I wish these for everyone.  But I begin to doubt whether even these get deep enough when it comes to happiness.

I read an article over the holidays written by an expert in the Economics of Happiness. 

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I am Chris

“What do you do?”

I can’t describe how much I have struggled with this question, even when I thought I’d let it go.

I like to imagine a place many generations ago, where there were less people and they were a little more connected and aware of each other,

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Book List 2014

I have another year of books to share with you.

Here is my 2014 book list (CLICK HERE), with reflections on what each of them gave me.

(Here also is my 2013 book list and

Here is my 2012 book list).

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Losing out to small victories

On many occasions I have made a long list of things to do: urgent things, important things, really important things, and admin stuff.  Then I go about doing all the easy things – all the admin, the urgent emails and none of the important stuff that demands wholehearted and uncomfortable commitment.

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