Shikamoo Babu Kilimanjaro

  Earlier this year I had a brainstorm; I accepted the invitation to join a friend and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Now when I wake up in the early hours of the morning in a state of panic I have to … Continue reading

Planning ahead of Death

The sudden and unexpected death of a friend certainly confronts one with the spectre of one’s own mortality. If a friend can suddenly die without warning, then the same can happen to oneself. It is a reminder that we should … Continue reading

Providing a normal life

For many people the life they can lead and the freedoms they can enjoy depend on the country in which they were born, the beneficence of their government, religion, colour, gender, climate and war. In Australia we are fortunate to … Continue reading

Follow the drum beat

Where there is an Italian piazza (no, not pizza but that is not excluded along with aperativos) there is company and entertainment. Who needs a television when travelling in Italy? Piazzas, large and small, are all worth heading to, particularly … Continue reading

A Question of Values

As humanity perfects itself, man becomes degraded. When everything is reduced to the mere counter-balancing of economic interests, what room will there be for virtue? When Nature has been so subjugated that she has lost all her original forms, where … Continue reading

Doubling the Joy of Bookshelves

I love reading. It is an escape, an adventure. It provokes ideas and is entertainment. I am catholic in my taste enjoying literary and historical novels, fantasy, myths, crime, history, philosophy, art books, reference books, and poetry. A recent feature article by … Continue reading

Homage to Courage

Two very different stories have made me think about the idea of what makes for strength or resilience in a person. The one was a true story told to me by an Indian friend and the other was Nick Hornby’s … Continue reading

What Worth High Self-Esteem?

    An article by Neil Buckland (Psychotherapy in Australia, 2,1, August 2014) was a prompt to visit the vexed concept of self-esteem. What is it? And how useful is it? The Oxford Dictionary defines self-esteem as having confidence in … Continue reading


In Praise of Green Spaces

                 In Praise of Green Spaces Isabel Dalhousie, a character created by Alexander McCall Smith, is a philosopher. While driving through the countryside she ponders on the relationship between city and country. She … Continue reading