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Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 1W ago

On this day in 2009…

…I posted my very first blog post. I’d had the idea in mind for the blog title itself before I even knew blogs existed, but Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking took a while to come into bei...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 3W ago

Permission to rest?

  Permission to rest? It’s almost the end of January as I write this; Imbolc/Candelmas will be upon me in a few days and I was thinking, I ought to write something. I ought to do another Cav...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 1M ago

God 1

God 1 I do not want your slot machine god Powered by caprice and uncertainty. Nor do I want your vending machine god: Pop in a prayer and out pops a reward. I want the untamed god Unknowable...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 1M ago

Tightrope Walking into the New Year

To all my wonderful readers, a happy new year. I originally intended to write a post rounding up 2016 and making some hesitant speculations about 2017, but d’you know, I don’t think I want t...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 1M ago

What I read in 2016

  What I read in 2016 I’m intending to write a post called The Dying Art of Reading but that will take more brain power than I can currently muster, so for the moment, a round-up of my readi...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 1M ago

Comfort Literature ~ the new trend for 2017?

I’m probably going to do a proper round-up post in a day or two but having watched a very bleak two-parter on TV (an Agatha Christie adaptation) that left me feeling even lower than before, ...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 2M ago

Chloe’s Christmas Presents

I thought I’d entertain you with an excerpt from Square Peg, from the Christmas period. On New Year’s Day, Cathy’s van pulled up outside their house, and by the time Chloe had got to the doo...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 2M ago

Dark Times at the Winter Solstice

Dark Times at the Winter Solstice It’s been weeks since I was able to blog; in the years since I began this blog (in Feb 2009 FWIW) it’s been rare to let weeks and weeks slip by without a po...
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 2M ago

An Advent offer

I’m cutting the cost of one of my books for December/Advent, because the book starts just before Christmas. It’s also, in my own opinion, my best book. Sadly, this is not reflected in sales....
Zen and the art of tightropewalking · 3M ago

Rumble-strutting

Rumble-strutting If you have ever had guinea pigs, you’ll surely have encountered rumble-strutting. It’s a behaviour cavies have for when they are annoyed, put out, cross, pissed off or just...