Music… our gateway to bliss!

by Paul Raworth Bennett Feeling philharmonic (classically, at least) and yearning for a shamelessly emotional, musical catharsis? Sergei Rachmaninoff - an undisputed master at filling people's eyes with tears - was so utterly absorbed by his love affair with music that I wouldn't be surprised if while deep in thought, he'd walk into more than his fair share of street … Continue reading Music… our gateway to bliss!

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We Are Our Closest Circle

Alfred Lloyd Tennyson famously said "I am a part of all that I have met." This little gem makes me reflect on how I affect others - perceptibly or otherwise, for better and for worse. And just as importantly, it reminds me how the people that I welcome into my own life can have a … Continue reading We Are Our Closest Circle

Vowelplay

by Paul Raworth Bennett Hassan can, at a handclap, call a vassal at hand and ask that all staff plan a bacchanal. This surprisingly coherent little piece of verbal frivolity is an example of univocalics - a type of constrained writing in which all words use only a single vowel. The brilliant Canadian poet, Christian Bök, … Continue reading Vowelplay

What, Exactly, is Love?

by Paul Raworth Bennett As Valentine's Day approaches, many of us think about love - but what exactly is it? Ask someone and they'll quite likely utter "hmm… well… uh… gee…"… The essence of love is rather tough to capture, because we experience it in so many ways! There's the love shared by men and women... by pets and their owners... … Continue reading What, Exactly, is Love?

Antifreeze for your brain

by Paul Raworth Bennett Frozen in your tracks... unsure what to do... unable to solve a problem... Raise your hand if you've ever felt this way.  Wow, that's a LOT of hands!  So how can we keep things moving? Well, one of my New Year's Substitutions is to replace overthinking with action (hmm… sounds vaguely familiar…).  … Continue reading Antifreeze for your brain