Category Archives: Pause for thought

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So many things on my mind, not “in my mind” as I’m not sure where that is. Its place in the cave of my body, or even its existence is proving elusive these days. And not just to me. Philosophers, … Continue reading

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How do we avoid bumping into each other?

One of the minor mysteries of life preoccupies me whenever I walk down a crowded street. How is it that we politely weave in and out of dozens of people without so much as an elbow touch? We are like birds … Continue reading

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Learn from the young

So today my blog name has changed… For the last couple of years my own name figured in the title, “verity’s serendipitous imaginings”. My daughter rightly thinks this was too confusing and fanciful. So as from today my blog is … Continue reading

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Is “propriety” dead?

Adam Smith had a lot to say about this. I re-read AS’s Theory of Moral Sentiments – his wonderful discourse – in recent weeks. He shows how all forms of “propriety” form the essence of good relations and respectful co-existence. Our own … Continue reading

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Shutters down – not quite

Today I have been legitimately eaves-dropping. The tired, controlled voice at the end of the phone had that unmistakable, so understanding, therapist tone. Suspicion which attempts to hide its face is so clear I feel I can touch it. I … Continue reading

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Enjoyment: private or social?

Pleasures can be obtained in company or privately – no question. Ecstasy and spiritual joy can be totally private but a good party is difficult on one’s own… I question whether our private pleasures on a walk, a visit to … Continue reading

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Sharing reflections as I watch and see

This blog provides a space to share some thoughts about matters that are important to me. Too much of the time we joke and pass over ‘the important’ from an embarrassment about appearing too serious, too intellectual, too intense or … Continue reading

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