unsplash photo of a bicycle wheel and a worn, wrinkled sofa

“I am not old” — Samantha Reynolds

I am not old, she said I am rare I am the standing ovation at the end of the play I am the retrospective of my life as art I am the hours connected like dots into good sense I am the fullness of existing you think I am waiting to die but I am waiting to be found I am a treasure I am a map these wrinkles are imprints of my journey ask me anything. image courtesy Yulia… Read more

Blue sports car at the curb

The Bulging Suit in the Jazzy Sports Car

It’s too much of a cliché really, the sun-glassed ageing dude in the cool sports car. Some smile at the sight, others cringe depending on how close to home the image strikes, but we all know what’s up. The mid-life crisis. Here’s my take on it. blue sports car image courtesy Zan Ilic at Unsplash The typical path to growing up is strewn with external prompts and cues. Everyone seems to know what we need to be doing. First orders… Read more

Land Rover on a barren gravel road in Northern Iceland 1972.

The 50s: Flourishing or Floundering?

When I was in my 20s I met the work of a Dutch psychiatrist and educator named Bernard Lievegoed. He was well known in Holland and abroad, having founded the Netherlands Pedagogical Institute and written numerous books. He won a national award — the Gouden Ganzenveer — for his cultural contribution through the written word. What registered most strongly for me was his work on stages of development — particularly in adulthood. Although his work seems quite outdated now due… Read more