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Red Doors Painted Black

Many moons ago, I did not like Guinness. Hard to fathom now, as I caress the droplets off my pint of ever so creamy goodness. Guinness always appealed to me. How could it not, with the fabulous advertising (this is not sarcasm), the coveted merchandise, and a truly engaging story…

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Why Our Loss of Awe is Something to be Worried About.

I recently read an article that outlined a new discovery whereby experiencing positive emotions, and in particular awe, has a beneficial effect on our mind and body. This research claims that certain positive emotions, such as awe and joy, can also protect us against certain diseases, including depression, heart disease,…

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Facebook Free February

Part 1 – Before 25/01/15 I decided to take part in FacebookFreeFebruary about two weeks ago. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, both personally and as someone with a professional interest in psychology and sociology. I find that Facebook has both many positives and negatives, and that it largely…

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Robin Williams: 1951-2014

I loved Robin Williams. He was the chuckle in my childhood Saturday mornings as Mork, the lump in my throat in Dead Poets Society and the Fisher King, and the mysterious voice of Dr. Know in A.I., speaking lines from W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Stolen Child”.  He was a genius,…

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Rat a Tat Tat

“It’s a rat,” I said. “It’s not a rat. It’s a really big mouse,”  he said. I wasn’t so sure. But one thing was clear. It was dead, courtesy of my cat, who tripped over her own kill in her rush to come into the warm house. It was clear…