The Pianist

The Pianist

We got out of the car on Park Street, a steep hill in the centre of Bristol lined with shops from top to bottom. Park Street had shrunk since I was last there, which tends to happen when you spend considerable time away from a place you grew up visiting. What had been a mountain [...]

Telling the Future

Telling the Future

When it comes to predicting the future, most of what we read skews apocalyptic. If we somehow escape natural disaster then we’ll inevitably do the deed ourselves - whether it's nuclear war or wayward artificial intelligence. So the narrative goes. These predictions strike me as naive, not because they lack the serious consideration they deserve, [...]

The Sense of Home

The Sense of Home

My family recently moved out of the house I grew up in. When I first heard my mother was selling the house I was mortified. I couldn’t understand how she could she just pack up and move so easily away from a place with such history for our small family. But I quickly found myself [...]

Writing Well, Pt. I

Writing Well, Pt. I

The world needs more writers. As naive as it sounds, I have a strong conviction that if more people were to pause to consider the weight of their words - the effortless grace of a sentence, the sanctity of a written letter  - we may be on our way to curing several of our modern [...]

Surfing as Therapy

Surfing as Therapy

I didn’t know true happiness until I learned to surf. This sounds like such a surfer bro thing to say, but in fact I’ve heard similar words come from the mouths of retired teachers, CEOs, and children alike. Unlike most corporate slogans, the Billabong tagline, ‘Only a surfer knows the feeling,’ speaks complete truth. There’s [...]

Meditation: Why and How

Meditation: Why and How

One interesting and welcome consequence of the new-age yoga obsession is the increasing popularity of meditation. Like several other current trends, meditation is the product of a need to remedy a deficiency in modern life. In this case, we might attribute the rise of yoga and meditation to the increased “need” to stay connected to [...]