Walking my inner landscape

The older I get, the more I want to dwell within my inner world. It is such a colourful and exotic landscape! The doorway to it is like Narnia’s. There is no knowing what the weather will be like. My poems are like postcards sent from within. I had no map until I...

The Pleasure of The Text

January 2017 I have just handed in an essay – the first one in my life I really enjoyed! Studying at 62 is brilliant! * Why? I have time and headspace. I use my lifetime of English Literature, art galleries and concerts. There is no pressure, so low anxiety. I...

Why it works to be positive

It’s raining. You are stressed, feeling low. Your boss comes by, This work is brilliant! You saved the day. The sun comes out. You smile. The next task goes like clockwork. Being positive works. Playing to people’s strengths works. Recent writings against this, don’t...

Co-creating in loops

I love co-creating and when it works well, good ideas appear, grow and blossom. They go in loops back to the main thread, and each loop helps to shape the whole thing. Like drawing a Christmas tree from the bottom up. Then we can add decorations: the threads of lights...

Coaching: how to explain how I do it

‘I work with an individual manager to look at how they can do their job better,’  I found myself saying at a recent networking event about Marketing. Somehow it didn’t sound interesting enough to explain the fascinating coaching sessions we have....

Fanschen

Fanshen, the play by David Hare he wrote about in the Saturday’s Guardian Review a couple of weeks ago, spoke directly to my experience when I went to see it at the Arts Centre in York in the mid 1970s. I was living in a political commune with other students and...