The Year of the Goat: Greece & Palestine

A couple of weeks ago it was my birthday. According to the Chinese zodiac, I was born in the year of the goat. I'd never paid much attention to this but the last couple of years I've spent a bit of time in Greece and have become a little captivated by the goats which, depending … Continue reading The Year of the Goat: Greece & Palestine

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Silk Roads: threads of hope in uncertain times

I recently finished reading Peter Frankopan’s excellent book The Silk Roads and noticed afterwards I was feeling some sense of overwhelm. I've been able to pinpoint three reasons for this. On one level, the most visceral, I was left with an acute sense of the magnitude and complexity of the world’s problems in the twenty first century … Continue reading Silk Roads: threads of hope in uncertain times

Hummus, swimming and the way to peace: Israel and Palestine revisited

Jaffa beach, Tel Aviv Earlier today I was sitting in Jaffa in the highly rated - and rightly so - hummus cafe, Abu Hassan. It's a lively place with a nice buzz where both Arabic and Hebrew can be overheard aplenty. Getting stuck in to my generous portion of falafel, hummus, raw onion and pita … Continue reading Hummus, swimming and the way to peace: Israel and Palestine revisited

Writing haikus: an exercise in simplicity and observation

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia A few weeks ago I referred to a recorded talk which I'd found very inspiring. It was by John Paul Lederach who has many years' experience in the area of conflict resolution. It was an easy, although compelling, listen, full of examples and stories that resonated with me deeply. One of these was … Continue reading Writing haikus: an exercise in simplicity and observation

On the Move: the challenges and benefits of letting go

One of the things I was looking forward to about heading out of London for a while was having to clear out some of my stuff. Although I knew I'd keep a fair amount of it, I also knew I'd be forced to sort through, and shed, some bits and pieces. When I did a … Continue reading On the Move: the challenges and benefits of letting go

The Place of Generosity: acts and words of kindness on leaving and arriving

A couple of days ago I left the UK for the beginning of a trip of several weeks. It is a trip that I expect to be filled with new places, sounds and sights as well as with yoga, meditation and voluntary work. Time for a taxi Arriving at Gatwick Airport late on Tuesday evening … Continue reading The Place of Generosity: acts and words of kindness on leaving and arriving